Botox in a Bottle: What is Behind This Current Trend?

When most of us think of Botox, we think of a small vial and a needle that injects the contents of that vial into fine lines and wrinkles. This is the traditional form of Botox, but another option you might be hearing about is “Botox in a Bottle” and we’re going to tell you all about it today. More importantly, we’ll tell you whether this is the most effective anti-aging treatment or whether other options would serve you best.

Let’s go!

Is Botox in a Bottle a Thing?

Botox is the brand name for botulinum toxin. This is a substance that can be injected to relax the muscles of the face that cause lines and wrinkles. Botox in a bottle, on the other hand, simply refers to a “Botox-like” effect certain products can have on the skin.

This phenomenon went viral on TikTok with a number of people sharing they experienced incredible results by combining two products from skincare brand The Ordinary: the argireline solution 10 per cent and matrixyl 10 per cent. 

Users claim when they apply these products to their fine lines and wrinkles, their appearance is dramatically reduced, similar to what happens when you get real Botox. As such, the use of these products came to be known as Botox in a Bottle. 

But does this treatment really work? If so, how does it work? And is it as effective as traditional Botox? These are all questions we’re going to answer in this post.

Working Mechanism of Botox in a Bottle

We mentioned that Botox in a Bottle involves using argireline and matrixyl solutions. To understand why these might help improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, let’s learn more about each of them. 


Here’s how experts in this article from say about this product:

“Argireline is a brand name for the peptide acetyl hexapeptide-3 or acetyl hexapeptide-8. Peptides are amino acids that help you make proteins, like collagen and elastin, so they’re a common ingredient in beauty products, said Dr. Dendy Engelman, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City.

Similar to Botox, Argireline works by inhibiting your nerves’ ability to release a signal to your muscles, therefore limiting the movements that lead to wrinkles, said Dr. Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

It’s one of the first topical ingredients that has been shown to have some effect on muscular contraction, Engelman added.”


Matrixyl 3000 is another type of peptide. This synthetic peptide is utilized in skincare products with the purpose of stimulating collagen production, and in turn, creating ant-aging results

Considering the working mechanisms of these products, it’s no wonder people have begun to refer to them as Botox in a Bottle. 

But just how well does it really work?

Promising Effects of Botox in a Bottle

Botox in a Bottle, as many experts agree, is about as close to real Botox as you can get without getting injections. However, this doesn’t mean it’s as effective as real Botox. That being said, it can still produce impressive results, especially on those whose lines and wrinkles are mild. For people with deeper fine lines and wrinkles, the results are a lot less likely to be as dramatic.

Similarly, results from Botox in a Bottle are much more temporary than results from Botox injections. 

Botox and Botox in a Bottle: Is there a Difference?

So, if you’re looking for a solution to treat your fine lines and wrinkles, you might be wondering whether Botox or Botox in a Bottle is the right way to go.

Let’s recap some of the features of these products to help you decide which might be right for you.


  • Injections
  • Results typically appear between 24-72 hours and can last between three to 12 months
  • Minimal bruising and swelling can sometimes occur at injection sites
  • Creates profound results, even on deep wrinkles
  • No downtime required following treatment
  • Must be done by a qualified professional in a clinical setting

Botox in a Bottle:

  • Topical solution
  • Needle-free solution
  • Results are much more subtle and do not last as long as real Botox
  • Costs less than Botox
  • Minimal risks and side effects
  • Can be done at home by you

Number of Units in a Vial of Botox

As you can see, both of these options come with a number of benefits and advantages. If you’re looking for a longer-lasting, more effective solution for fine lines and wrinkles, however, real Botox injections are the way to go. 

If you’re new to the Botox process, one of the questions you might have is how many units are in a vial of Botox, as well as how many units you’ll need for your own treatment.

As Botox Medical explains:

“Each single-use vial contains 200 Units or 100 Units of vacuum- dried Clostridium botulinum type A neurotoxin complex. Prior to intramuscular injection, reconstitute vacuum-dried BOTOX® product only with sterile, nonpreserved, normal saline (0.9% sodium chloride injection).”

As for how many units you’ll need? This depends on a few things, including the area you treat and the extent of the fine lines and wrinkles. There are also other uses for Botox, including treating hyperhidrosis, that will use varying amounts of the product.

Here are some approximate amounts you might expect to receive depending on where you’re receiving injections:

  • Forehead: 10-30 units
  • Frown lines: 20 units
  • Crow’s feet: 12 units per eye (24 total)
  • Brow lift: 2-4 units per side
  • Bunny lines: 3 units per side
  • Neck: 50-100 units

Contact Anushka Med Spa to Learn More About Solutions for Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Are you ready to learn more about Botox in West Palm Beach? Anushka Spa & Salon is the place to go! At Anushka, Dr. Bonnie Marting, DNP, ARNP specializes in both anti-aging and preventative aging injectables. As a national educator, she is also one of the most sought after practitioners, known for her exacting touch and cosmedical artistry.

Our cosmedical wing offers several different types of non-invasive injectables to help you achieve in minutes what took years to develop. In addition to Botox, we offer all the leading name-brand products for anti-aging, including wrinkle relaxers, cosmetic fillers, collagen builders, and other revolutionary products to help reverse or prevent the signs of aging.

We invite you to browse our selection of injectables here, or contact our medical concierge for a customized consultation at 561.820.8055.

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