Saturday, July 4, 2009

Latisse. Making your eyelashes thicker & longer.

Who would have guessed that an anti-glaucoma drug would now be used to make your eyelashes thicker and longer?
One of the side effects of bimatoprost, an anti-glaucoma drug is an increase in length and fullness of eyelashes. Patients are often warned of this side-effect before taking the medication.
However, what may be a side-effect to one person, can be a benefit to another!
In December, 2008, the FDA in the US approved the drug for cosmetic use. Instead of putting the drop in your eye to lower eye pressure, you paint it along the skin on the upper lid margin near the lashes to improve the appearance of eyelashes.
Study results showed the eyelashes of patients that were treated with Latisse typically grew 25% longer, 106% thicker and 18% darker. A small amount of patients (3.6%) experienced eye itching and red eyes.
You can expect to see longer, fuller, and darker eyelashes in as little as eight weeks, with full results in 16 weeks. To maintain desired results, continued treatment with Latisse is required. Therefore, if you discontinue using Latisse, your eyelashes will gradually return to where they were before you started using the product.
The drug is still not approved in Canada, but Health Canada is investigating its release in our country.
Here is some information from the manufacturer, Allergan:



Get ready for an innovation in lashes.
LATISSE® (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.03% is the first and only prescription treatment approved by the FDA for inadequate or not having enough eyelashes, growing them longer, fuller and darker.
LATISSE® works effectively.
LATISSE® makes lash growth possible because of its active ingredient: bimatoprost. Although the precise mechanism of action is not known, research suggests that the growth of eyelashes occurs by increasing the percent of hairs in, and the duration of, the anagen (or growth) phase. Lashes can grow longer, thicker and darker because bimatoprost can also prolong this growth phase.
Clinically proven results you can see over time.
LATISSE® is FDA approved and effective. It's a once-a-day treatment you apply topically to the base of your upper eyelashes. Patients in a clinical trial saw results in as few as 8 weeks with full results after 12 to 16 weeks.
It's an innovation backed by research.
While LATISSE® is a treatment for inadequate or not enough eyelashes, it was developed through years of research by Allergan, a pharmaceutical leader with over 60 years of expertise in prescription eye care products.
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  1. I haven't tried Latisse, so I'd love to hear how your patients are doing with it!!! I use Revitalash and have had amazing results with it. It took about 8-9 weeks to see a noticable difference. My lashes are longer and curlier. I don't even have to curl them anymore---that was an extra benefit!! Sounds like Latisse is a bit pricey?

  2. Hi Alexandra,
    I haven't been able to try Latisse myself since it is not yet available in Canada. However, patients who are taking the anti-glaucoma drug that has the same ingredient do notice a increase in lash length and thickness. Sometimes this can be an unwanted side effect, especially for men. You would need to see an ophthalmologist in the US to get an Rx for Latisse. It costs about $100 US per month. If you are doing really well with the Revitalash product, you may just want to continue with it.
    Good luck!

  3. Hi Dr. Mandelman! Is the side effect risky? When I looked around online, I chose Revitalash because there are no report of any side effects. This won me over. I was afraid of using Latisse. Aside from the fact that it's pricey. I'm happy with my decision because after a couple of months, my lashes are longer and thicker!

  4. Hi Ellen,
    Unfortunately we are not sure what is exactly in Revitalash. Many suspect that the same glaucoma medication is in it. If that's so, the main side effects are a darkening of the skin around the eyes which is reversable if you stop taking the medication. However, there is also a chance that hazel eyes may become permanently more brown. Glad you are enjoying your new look!

  5. I found satisfaction in Revitalash! but I never thought that the company was created by a doctor. That maybe the reason why my lashes now are naturally looking fuller and darker. The price is not that expensive also. Great Thing.

  6. I am using Revitalash, I am happy with my lashes now, they are longer than it used to be.