Some of the best things are created by accident, take Latisse for example; it was once a glaucoma treatment, but now it’s the first FDA approved treatment to grow thicker, fuller, and even darker lashes.
That’s right- FDA approved for growing lashes.
Brought to you by Allergan (the same pharm company that also carries Botox), this incredible revolutionary product can be prescribed by any doctor, and has been used to treat the eye area for many years, so getting it in the eye isn’t a concern like with other lash formulas. It’s actually meant to be there. Doctors started to notice that patients who were using the formula to treat glaucoma were experiencing a side effect of longer lashes.
So now we do have a solution for women to grow and darken their lashes safely and effectively without any major risks. Only 4% of those in the study say they experienced minor itching right after the application, but that was really all.
The before and after photos speak for themselves, but I might just have my own trial complete with photos so you can see the difference first hand.
I don’t want to sound like the party-pooper here, but this stuff is still very new and there are some possible side effects.
From the Latisse web site’s FAQ:
“LATISSE™ use may cause darkening of the eyelid skin which may be reversible.”
“LATISSE™ use may also cause increased brown pigmentation of the colored part of the eye which is likely to be permanent.”
Long lashes are nice, but I don’t think I’ll chance turning my naturally light green eyes a dark brown. Permanently. Mascara’s not that much of a pain.
Now if I had glaucoma I’d take this medicine without question. But it seems too risky for just minor cosmetic benefits.
Clear View Eye Care says
I have had good success with Latisse so far. It is the same drug that has been used for years to treat glaucoma. That’s where they came up with the idea. The advantage of Latisse over extension is that it is your real lashes. Since this product is new it will be interesting to see how often application is needed once the full effect has occurred. Clear View Eye Care
I already have a call in for a px!
Latisse is quite expensive at about $120 a month and it takes about four months to see the full effects of the product. To keep the results, you have to continue use.
Quite honestly, this is not a new concept at all. Revitalash and Jan Marini Age Intervention Lash Serum started this trend three years ago (2006). Revitalash works as effectively at a fraction of the cost. One tube of Revitalash lasts about 7 months for only $149.00 a tube.
Latisse is made by Allergan (bullies in the pharmaceutical world)and Revitalash used their active ingredient – until Allergan decided they were losing too much $$ letting someone else corner the lash market – so they flexed their corporate muscles…
Revitalash has since re-formulated their product to use a different pharmaceutical companies ingedients.
I saw an article about Latisse in Marie Claire magazine just yesterday. I didn’t realize it was out already! I’d love to get more information on cost and see more before/after pictures. Good stuff!