Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Anti-wrinkle injections: American XXXXX VERSUS French XXXXXXX...which is better?


IMCAS 2013, Paris
Numerous studies from both the USA and Europe were completed and posted in a number of peer-reviewed scientific journals in 2012, looking at data comparing the use and effects of American Xxxxx and French Xxxxxxx.  Some studies also included the German toxin, Xxxxxx, soon to hit Australian shores in early 2014.

The remarkable and most notable outcomes of these papers was the consistency of the findings.
As a result, we can now reliably state that:

  • Xxxxxxx has a faster rate of onset than Xxxxx
  • Xxxxxxx and Xxxxx have near identical maximal effects.
  • The conversion for Xxxxxxx and Xxxxx units is generally 2.5:1, but in some areas of the face may be closer to 2:1.
  • Xxxxxxx has a longer duration of effect compared to Xxxxx, by several weeks in most published studies
  • Xxxxxx is identical to Xxxxx in terms of dosage units, onset, peak effect and duration.

Diffusion continues to be discussed, with most published articles commenting on the importance of toxin concentration when measuring and especially comparing diffusion.

Overall, I'm predicting that Allergan, makers of Xxxxx, will be under significant pressure to lower the cost of Xxxxx vials in Australia by the end of the year.
Otherwise, they risk losing very significant market share as the scare campaign against Xxxxxxx backfires when people realise what advantage it has over Xxxxx in terms of value for money.
The main caveat for consumers in the toxin turf war, is to find an injector experienced in BOTH Xxxxx and Xxxxxxx.  Only unbiased injectors are capable of giving unbiased opinions, in my opinion!

Sadly, there was also data presented that looked at the prevalence of counterfeit product being sold online.  Truly horrifying to see what is actually in some of this stuff!
It's difficult for consumers to know if they are being injected with legitimate product. 
One tip worth remembering though is that these products can ONLY be sold to REGISTERED MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS. So that nurse who's offering half-price "Xxxxx" injections from her own home, or the local hair salon, is definitely not operating a legitimate business.  The product may well have been purchased online, and she/he most certainly won't be covered by any insurance (medical negligence or public liability) in the event of any adverse complication if the product is later found to be contaminated.

You know what they say, don't you?  If it sounds too good to be true, it probably IS too good to be true!  

**Apologies to those confused by the changes made to the brand names in this post.  For legal reasons, I am unable to use the exact names of the anti-wrinkle injections used in Australia.  That is because I am a medical practitioner.  If I was a beauty therapist, or any other unregistered health practitioner of any kind, or in fact just a regular member of the public, I would be able to mention all of those by name.  No wonder it is increasingly difficult for the public to get accurate and unbiased information on cosmetic treatments in Australia!  Censorship of public health information is rampant in Australia when it comes to cosmetic medicine.