May 10, 2009
At first I was a little skeptical about how prescription eyelash growing solution LATISSE would be received out in the general population. I have been using the exact same solution, as an eyedrop called LUMIGAN, to treat glaucoma for about 10 years. You see, it has this unusual side effect of making eyelashes longer and darker. It was only recently that the ophthalmic drug company Allergan, decided to use this long known side effect of bimatoprost 0.03% solution (known as the glaucoma drug LUMIGAN) to create LATISSE to be marketed to our increasingly appearance driven society. LATISSE is applied to the upper eyelashes once a day with a special brush and after several weeks when the effect begins, the dose is usally tapered down quite a bit. Now for those on the cutting edge of beauty, they have one more weapon in their arsenal. It's a lot work to stay beautiful, especially for those in the television and entertainment industries where your face and figure can have a big effect on your paycheck. And, hey if you're not a movie star but want to look like one - more power to you.
Anyway, I wanted to let you know that this product really does work. Early results with LATISSE with my patients and from other doctors I know, confirms my belief. It works very well and this stuff is the real deal - but understand that it will not work on everyone. I estimate that about 20% of people might not get much response and about 5% may have to stop the product due to irritation, itching or redness of the lids or eyes. Please read the package labeling carefully, since this product has the potential to cause redness of the eyelids and eyes and may have to potential to change iris color to a darker, more brownish shade. I have seen all of the above side effects with the glaucoma drop version, but LATISSE is applied only to the upper lashes (not the eye) and the dose is much, much lower and is tapered off significantly after a few months. The incidence of LATISSE side effects is actually rather low but be on the lookout especially for eyelid and eye redness.
Good Luck with your eyelashes. If you get a chance look at Brooke Shields' eyelashes on the LATISSE web site (really awesome photos - truly remarkable.) By the way, I have no financial interest in Allergan and I am not a paid consultant.
MIchael Kutryb, MD
Kutryb Eye Institute
Titusville, Edgewater, FL