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Latisse, the first drug to promote eyelash growth has recently been approved by the FDA. Manufactured by Allergan, the same company that manufactures Botox, Latisse is available by prescription only and contains bimatoprost, the active ingredient used in the glaucoma drug Lumigan, also made by Allergan.

How To Use Latisse  

Though the mechanism of action is unclear, eyelash growth is a known side effect of bimatoprost. However, Lumigan and Latisse are used differently. While Lumigan is an eyedrop, Latisse is dabbed along the lash line on the upper eyelids to promote longer, thicker, darker lashes.

A visit to Latisse's website states that "Latisse works gradually and remarkably — starting at 4 weeks with full results after 16 weeks. Once you begin treatment, you could start to see results in as little as 4 weeks, but you must continue applying the topical treatment each night and follow the directions for best results." Users can expect to see changes in length, thickness and darkness. If Latisse is stopped, eyelashes will gradually return to their previous appearance as new eyelashes grow in.

Latisse Safety  

While Latisse tends to be well tolerated by most individuals, clinical studies showed that 4% of users experienced an itching sensation in the eyes or eye redness. Other less common side effects, typically on the skin close to where Latisse is applied or in the eyes, may also occur – skin darkening, eye irritation, dryness of the eyes and redness of the eyelids. These effects tend to be reversible with discontinuation of Latisse. Latisse may also promote hair growth in other skin areas that it frequently touches, so the manufacturer recommends that it is blotted off any skin other than the upper eyelid's lash line to prevent that side effect.

If you've always wanted lush lashes, then Latisse might be right for you. However, keep in mind that this is still a very new drug that does come with some side effects. Only you can decide if the cost ($120 per tube) and risk of side effects is worth it.

Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care and women's wellness. She owns and operates an online skin care store at [Link Removed].


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      Kelly Robertson wrote May 21, 2009
    • I’ve been using Revitalash with amazing results but at $150, I felt a little selfish.  THEN I read on their website all the medical warnings, a full page—yikes!  

      I switched to a new product called LASH EXTEND by Senegence International; it’s only $45 and there are zero medical warnings!  Check out their Press Release here at: [Link Removed]

      and check out an amazing (and true - I know this gal!) Before and After photo here:  [Link Removed]

      The medical warnings for Revitalash can be found here: [Link Removed]


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      Vikki Hall wrote May 21, 2009
    • Both are very interesting...



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      Susan Dahringer wrote May 21, 2009
    • I have a girlfriend who had recently purchased it,she says it works well and absolutely loves it..She let me use some on my skimpy short lashes..



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      Ofacertainage09 wrote May 21, 2009
    • I haved useLatisse as directed and have long black lashes now; but I am concerned about the warning it may change blue irises brown.  I also have a few hairs in my tear ducts, not attractive! It works on brows very well, I don’t need a pencil now. Despite all these bennies, don’t know if I’d buy again, just too weirded out by the risks.



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      Deb B wrote May 21, 2009
    • I have been using Latisse for about 4 weeks now with amazing results! After chemotherapy my lashes did not come back full. I tried several other non-prescription products...even for a year and did not have results. This product is wonderful!
      I am fortunate to have a healthy positive prognosis! I am really enjoying my health and will not ever take my eyelashes for granted again!

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      Kelly Robertson wrote May 21, 2009
    • Hi Smiling Daily!
      I know exactly what you‘re talking about (re: eyelashes!)I’m the co-founder of [Link Removed] and our aim is ladies who’ve lost their hair due to chemo/radiation and more. Eyebrows and lashes DO make the difference! ox
      Hugs to you, kelly


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      Deb B wrote May 21, 2009
    • I never realized how much eyebrows and eyelashes made a difference, especially when I was bald from chemo. I’m including a link that shows pictures a week or so before I lost my hair last year. Then pictures between my 4th & 5th/of 6 chemos.  

      I am a breast cancer survivor. I found the cancer myself through a self-breast exam. It had just become invasive.
      Yesterday was the one year anniversary since I chose to have a double mastectomy at the age of 43.

      I will complete all of my treatments next month on the
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      Vikki Hall wrote May 22, 2009
    • Wow! Smilingdaily.... I like your profile name and your positive outlook.



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      Pharmagirl wrote May 22, 2009
    • Kelly - love your business idea in helping women who are going through an emotionally and physically difficult time
      Smilingdaily - It’s always nice to hear feedback from a real user. I love your positive attitude, best of health to you.



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      Kelly Robertson wrote May 22, 2009
    • Funny how I got into the Cancer” biz: One of my BFF’s got HRT cancer when she was only 41. It was hell, of course. Eventually, she lost all her nails and hair and wasn’t happy one bit. I encouraged her to attend the ACS, “Look Good, Feel Better” program and I’m sorry, but it was not great. I took her home, got some eyebrows on her, lined her eyes, gave her some good skin product to get her complexion and body hydrated and on the way to healing, and she looked at me and said, “Hey! Let’s start a business doing this“.  The rest is history.  

      Our Services are Free, they are also one-on-one and private (or small workshops NEVER in a medical environment) and we have connections, MUAs, beauty industry professionals, referral programs and more ALL OVER THE USA, and! We‘re growing every day!
      Thanks for the love and hugs, kelly



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      Deb B wrote May 22, 2009
    • WOW! What a wonderful gift you are giving!



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