LATISSE for Longer, Fuller Lashes

by | July 7, 2010 @ 04:00PM

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Allergen - the makers of Botox - recently announced the launch of a new FDA-approved treatment that is said to offer "longer, fuller, and darker lashes." Is an eyelash extender treatment taking cosmetic enhancements to the extreme? Those suffering from eyelash hypotrichosis (having inadequate or a lack of eyelashes), may disagree, as this product could provide them with the correction they need.

For other individuals, the desire to enhance their eyelashes is simply based on enhancing their beauty. (A sexier look for Valentine's Day, anyone?)

LATISSE (tm), according to Allergen, is "the first and only science-based treatment approved by the FDA to enhance eyelash prominence as measured by increases in length, thickness and darkness of eyelashes." Made up of a bimatoprost ophthalmic solution 0.03%, LATISSE offers a long-lasting cosmetic solution, as it is a stimulator for the growth of eyelashes.

How was LATISSE developed?

Just as Botox, botulinum toxin type A, was first approved by the FDA as a medical treatment for eye disorders before being later discovered as an aesthetic improvement for the contraction of facial muscles; according to Allergen, LATISSE was originally approved in 2001 as a medical product to treat individuals with glaucoma or ocular hypertension. Medical professionals then noticed that the active bimatoprost ingredient caused eyelash growth as a side effect.

How much does LATISSE cost?

LATISSE is a do-it-yourself eyelash lengthening treatment, which can be applied in a few meticulous steps. The price of one bottle is $120, which includes 60 eyeliner brushes. Depending on the patient's use of the product, the bottle may last from one to two months. Although this is not regarded as a permanent eyelash extender, those interested in maintaining their results can discuss follow-up visits and additional prescriptions with a doctor.

As you search for a LATISSE specialist...

Keep in mind that this eyelash extender solution is a newly approved aesthetic treatment, and should only be prescribed by a qualified medical professional; he or she must be able to properly discuss all angles of this treatment with you during a consultation. In order to help prevent side effects and risks, a new user will need to be evaluated by a physician first.

To learn more about this eyelash extender treatment, allows you to find a specialist in your area, such as a dermatologist, opthamologist, or a cosmetic surgeon. 

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