Posts Tagged ‘Latisse’

What’s New-Long lashes

This week I am talking about some new products I saw at a convention in San Diego.  In one of my previous blogs I had discussed Latisse and the other eyelash lengtheners on the market.  My main complaint was that the other lash lengtheners did not provide any studies to support their claims.
Well, one product that I saw at the show last week is Rapid Lash.  This has been on the market for a few years but the great news is that they finally have new studies that clearly demonstrate results.  I had previously mentioned the lack of clinical trials on the over-the- counter lash lengtheners, and I was pleasantly surprised to see the results of these newly released studies.  The Rapid Lash study included 53 women, ages 19 to 60 years old.  After 12 weeks, 82% of participants had measurably longer lashes when compared to placebo and 86% of participants had measurably thicker lashes when compared to placebo.  Of all of the non-prescription lash lengtheners out there, RapidLash is the first I have seen with good studies to support their claims. I think a great study would compare RapidLash head to head with prescription Latisse.  Unfortunately, independent head to head studies are rare because they are expensive and someone has to pay for them…but I would certainly be curious to see the results.

Do Eyelash Lengtheners Really Work?

Do Eyelash Lengtheners Really Work

There are many products on the market now that claim to lengthen eyelashes. The only one that is FDA approved and is clearly proven to lengthen lashes is Latisse by Allergan. The active ingredient is Latisse is bitamoprost. Bitamoprost was originally used as an eyedrop to treat glaucoma. Doctors noticed that patients that used this glaucoma medication grew long thick eyelashes. Allergan, the makers of Botox, bought the rights to bitamoprost and developed Latisse which is applied to the lash line (like eyeliner) at night. Latisse works great and in my practice my patients see results in as little as 2 to 3 weeks. The main side effect is irritation which can occur in patients who are allergic to the medication. However, most patients tolerate the treatment well and love the results. Latisse is used for 3 months and then is repeated as needed to maintain the eyelash growth.
Some of you may have heard about another ingredient in other eyelash serums called in isopropyl cloprostenate which is an analogue to bitamoprost. However, this ingredient has not undergone the extensive testing that Latisse has done to prove effectiveness. For now, Latisse remains the only treatment that is proven to work. And more research is underway…in my office we are currently investigating to see if Latisse works to regrow lashes in women after chemotherapy. I am looking forward to seeing the end results. I will keep you posted!