Thursday, January 15, 2009

Latisse for Longer, Darker Lashes

Have you ever wished you had longer, darker lashes?  Well, now there is an FDA approved drug that can help you with your wish.  Friday, December 26, 2008, Allergan Inc. made the announcement. (photo credit

The drug, Latisse, can be obtained by prescription only, so will be available through a doctor’s office.  

The primary ingredient in Latisse, bimatoprost, is a prostaglandin analog that is present in hair.  It is thought to help in the development and regrowth of hair follicles.

Latisse is applied once-daily to the base of the upper eyelashes with a sterile, single-use-per-eye disposable applicator.  Users may begin to see results as early as six to eight weeks.  However, it takes 16 weeks to see the full results. 

  • Latisse should not be applied to the lower lid. 
  • Lashes on each eye lid may not grow in the exact same way. 
  • Continued use of the drug is necessary to maintain the effect.  Lashes will gradually return to pretreatment state if the use of Latisse is discontinued.

 

Contraindications and Side Effects

The only known contraindication for use of Latisse is hypersensitivity to the drug.

Approximately 4% of users of Latisse will have side effects such as an itching sensation in the eyes and/or eye redness.

Pigmentation of the eyelids and iris may occur.

Other less common side effects which typically occur on the skin close to where Latisse is applied, or in the eyes include skin darkening, eye irritation, dryness of the eyes, and redness of the eyelids.

 

Precautions

If you develop a new eye condition (e.g., trauma or infection), change in vision, have eye surgery, or develop any eye reactions (e.g. conjunctivitis and eyelid reactions), you should immediately seek your doctor's advice  and consider discontinuing use of Latisse.

 

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4 comments:

Veronica said...

I have been a Revitalash user for about a year now and am sooo happy with my results. I would way rather use the cosmetic version than a drug. Plus, it seems like a huge hassle to get a prescription for something I can get at my salon. Who honestly has the time for that?

Anonymous said...

revitalash used to have the same ingredient, so vero, you were already using "a drug"! allergan made them reformulate, so now if you want it to actually work you have to get the prescription.

Michael C. Pickart, M.D., F.A.C.S. said...

I am a plastic surgeon in Ventura, CA, and I agree with "Anonymous." The developer of Revitalash is an ophthalmologist here in Ventura, and he was using (allegedly illegally) a glaucoma drug (bimatoprost, marketed as Lumigan) as the active ingredient in Revitalash. He has been forced to discontinue the use of bimatoprost, because the patent is held by the Allergan Corporation. Allergan has dluted their own drug bimatoprost to create Latisse. So, if you like Revitalash, you will like Latisse. While I agree that availability at your salon is a real convenience, be aware that Revitalash now has a new formulation--without bimatoprost. Hence, the new stuff will no longer work. If you want efficacy, you'll have to switch to Latisse from a doctor.

Anonymous said...

Debbie said...
Revitalash reformulated 2 years ago.So all of us who have been using Revitalash for the last 2 years know it really works.It is safer and easier to use. My lashes continue to look beautiful, long and lush, They were extremely short before. If Revitalash didnt work they wouldnt have stayed looking so long. Our lash cycle is 4-8 weeks long so they would have been short by now if it didnt work.