Blog posts in category "Latisse"
You probably know that Botox is great for wrinkles, and Latisse is the only FDA-approved way of getting longer and darker eyelashes. However, do you know how to get it FOR FREE? (without being arrested?)
So, today I’m going to share and compare my experiences with both Latisse and professional eyelash extensions. Full disclosure - I prefer Latisse. I’m just going to put that out there right up front. This will not be an unbiased review. And why should it? I’ve tried both, and I like Latisse better. It’s as simple as that.
A Brief History of Latisse
Most men just don’t get it. But all women know – long, dark and thick eyelashes are a coveted accessory. Even 6,000 years ago, ancient Egyptians were grinding minerals with soil to make kohl, which they applied to their eyelashes. While this was most likely used as protection from the sun or to ward off evil curses - the look was decidedly chic. And women in every corner of the globe have been pursuing the illusion of bigger eyes through darker and longer lashes ever since.
A lash darkener called mascara was introduced around 1840 by a Londoner named Eugen Rimmel (yes, that one), and in 1910 a concoction called Maybelline was introduced by T.L. Williams. It was a mixture of coal dust and Vaseline. He named it after the main ingredient and his sister, Maybel.
Shortly thereafter, Hollywood began applying false lashes to its leading ladies that were made of everything from human hair to fringe. Tube and wand form mascara, as we know it today, was introduced by in 1957. And then … not much changed in the world of lashes - until recently.
In the 1990s, a prescription eye drop called Lumigan was being used to treat patients with glaucoma. In the third round of trials for FDA approval, clinical researchers at manufacturer Allergan noticed that an anecdotal side effect to Lumigan was that patients were growing prolific eyelashes. Not that anybody was complaining. Allergan, no stranger to cosmetic product potential (and profit) as the makers of Botox and Juvederm, began to see the possibilities. Lumigan was reborn as Latisse and approved by the FDA in 2008 as the first and only prescription drug to help grow longer, thicker and darker eyelashes. Yup, it’s true- and all of the other pretenders out there can’t make those claims, at least not yet.
How does Latisse work?
Latisse is known by the generic name of Bimatoprost and works by keeping eyelashes in their anagen, or growth phase, longer. The result is that more lashes grow in, take much longer to fall out, and become darker in color through an increase in melanin. Instead of dropping the medication directly into their eyes like Lumigan users do, Latisse patients use a small brush to apply it to the top eyelid where the skin meets the eyelashes. This is done nightly before bed after all makeup is removed. (Hint: Squeeze just two drops into the Latisse bottle cap and dip the brush in once for each eye. You won’t accidentally lose any product and the brush will be more “wet.” Plus, your Latisse bottle will last nearly two months, instead of one.)
Don’t become discouraged if you don’t see much change after a month or more of use. Most people report an eyelash bonanza at or around 8 weeks. Full results are seen in 16 weeks. You may choose to go on “maintenance” applications of 1-3 times per week once you reach your desired length. If you quit using Latisse, your eyelashes will gradually go back to their natural, skimpy selves.
Are there any side effects?
Side effects are minor and include occasional eye itchiness, some redness in and around the eye and a slight darkening of the eyelid. All are reversible once Latisse is no longer used. Many patients are concerned about a permanent darkening of the iris, but this has never been reported by any Latisse user. The FDA required the warning when a very small number of Lumigan glaucoma patients reported iris darkening. It is highly unlikely with Latisse because it is applied to the skin and not to the eye itself.
Latisse is the first product proven to actually grow real lashes from the inside out. There have been several eyelash “enhancing” products in the marketplace, but so far, none have gotten past the FDA. An older medication called Jan Marini Age Intervention Eyelash actually worked, since it had Bimatoprost in it, but the company never got formal FDA approval to sell and advertise their product.
So for now, Latisse it is! Like all prescription medications in the US, you need to see a doctor about Latisse, go over the benefits and side effects, and decide for yourself if the medicine is right for you.
Read the rules carefully, but a $20 donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation may get you a Latisse Certificate! As you probably know, Latisse is a prescription only medication that grows eyelashes. It's the only FDA approved medication for this purpose.
To donate directly, and to join the Facebook and Twitter campaigns, click on the link below.
LATISSE® - Wishes Challenge
1. Make a donation of $20 or more to the Make-A-Wish Foundation at LatisseWishesChallenge.com
2. Receive your LATISSE® free trial certificate in the mail
3. Schedule an appointment with our office to see if LATISSE® is right for you
Join the LATISSE® Wishes Challenge to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation® and ask your doctor if LATISSE® (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.03% is right for you
Inspired by the tradition of blowing on an eyelash to make wishes come true, join fashion CEO Kathy Ireland, professional ballroom dancer Chelsie Hightower and style guide Bobbie Thomas as they lead teams of LATISSE® users from across the country to raise more than a quarter of a million dollars for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. These teams are challenged to raise the most support for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and they need your help. LATISSE® is the first and only FDA-approved prescription treatment to grow lashes longer, fuller and darker for those with inadequate or not enough lashes.
Join a team today by donating a minimum of $20 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Allergan, the makers of LATISSE® will double your donation and send you a LATISSE® free trial certificate that you can bring in to see if LATISSE® is right for you.*
With approximately 1.5 million bottles sold to date, LATISSE® is giving back and will double each individual’s donation, with a maximum donation of $250,000, between now and November 30, 2010, to help the Make-A-Wish Foundation grant children’s wishes. You can see Kathy, Chelsie and Bobbie’s lashes at www.LatisseWishesChallenge.com.
Important Safety Information:
If you are using, or have used, prescription products for any eye pressure problems, only use LATISSE® under close doctor care. Although not seen in LATISSE® clinical studies, may cause increased brown pigmentation of the colored part of the eye which is likely permanent. Eyelid skin darkening may occur which may be reversible. Only apply at the base of the upper eyelashes. DO NOT APPLY to the lower eyelid. Hair growth may occur in other skin areas that LATISSE® solution frequently touches. If you develop or experience any eye problems or have eye surgery, consult your doctor immediately about continued use of LATISSE®. The most common side effects after using LATISSE® solution are itchy eyes and/or eye redness. If discontinued, lashes will gradually return to their previous appearance.
For more information click here (www.latisse.com) for full LATISSE® Prescribing Information.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
ALLERGAN © 2010 Allergan, Inc. Irvine, CA 92612. ® marks owned by Allergan, Inc.
© 2010 Make-A-Wish Foundation, Make-A-Wish, and the Make-A-Wish logo are registered trademarks of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America.
* Allergan will double each donation made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation through the LATISSE® Wishes Challenge campaign, with a maximum donation of $250,000, between now and November 30, 2010. The total number of LATISSE® free trial certificates is limited to the first 10,000 campaign participants who make a minimum donation of $20 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Offer limited to one LATISSE® trial certificate per person and U.S. residents only.
ASAPS's annual meeting was in Washington, DC, this past weekend. ASAPS stands for American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery/ www.surgery.org, and as far as I can tell, it's one of the world's largest aesthetic surgery meetings in the world.
Until June 30, 2010, you get Latisse and Vivete Vibrance Therapy from Allergan with a breast augmentation surgery. Of course, you have to get the surgery to get the free stuff! Also, you will need a prescription for Latisse, since it's a prescription only medicine.
For a limited time, you can get $20 off of your purchase in Latisse. Coupled with the "Brilliant Distinctions" program, which gets you points with Allergan products, you will make out like a bandit!
As a doctor who has done countless injections, I'm not a huge fan of creating pain in my patients. To lessen the pain with Botox, Juvederm, or other injections, I use numbing cream. I apply the numbing cream on the area that I'm about to inject, and let it sit there for about 10 minutes.
Dr. Roy Kim is proud to announce that he's a member of the "Brilliant Distinctions" Program from Allergan. As you probably know, Allergan makes a bunch of great aesthetic products such as Botox, Juvederm, Latisse, and many others. Since Dr. Roy Kim is an expert at using these products to get your best aesthetic results, and since he has been using a high volume of these products, he is able to offer a "points" program.