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Anti-wrinkle Injections – Ipsen

The anti-wrinkle toxin injection from Allergan has been without doubt the single most amazing and influential cosmetic medical substance over the last 20 years. It was the first non-surgical treatment doctors could offer aside from face creams to make a significant difference to wrinkles. This treatment is better known by a brand name of anti-wrinkle muscle-relaxing medication produced by Allergan in the USA.

Now the Allergan toxin has a rival. We have Anti-wrinkle toxin injections from Ipsen: an alternative form of anti-wrinkle muscle-relaxing medication.

The Anti-wrinkle toxin injection from Ipsen has been in Australia for over 10 years now. Over this time it has gradually built a following of patients and doctors who prefer it over the one from Allergan. Of course, others prefer to stick with the original  brand of anti-wrinkle muscle-relaxing medication.Peach Cosmetic Medicine is a busy practice, and so we have the patient numbers to warrant carrying both brands of this popular treatment. Our patients have a choice, and people who specifically seek this European version can find it at Peach.

Which is better: Allergan’s brand or Ipsen’s brand?

As far as Peach is concerned, this is like comparing Holdens with Fords. Some love one, some love the other. We don’t take a position on this question because there isn’t conclusive scientific evidence either way. The question is particularly perplexing because there is no internationally recognised standard way in which the doses of the two can be compared.

Both toxin treatments are measured in “units”, but the units are completely different, and the conversion ratio between the two is not established. Some writers claim that 2.5 units of European toxin equals one unit of Allergan’s toxin, others will claim that 3 units of European toxin is required to equal the effect of a unit of Allergan’s version. For example, many of our female patients would have just 10 units of Allergan’s toxin injected into their glabella or frown lines every three months. In offering a trial of European toxin, some doctors would give 25 European units and others would give 30 European units. At Peach we give at least 3 European toxin units in lieu of one Allergan toxin unit, and our patients are grateful.