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Latisse Grows Lashes, but Not Without Risks


The prescription Latisse does help you grow new eyelashes, but it is not a risk-free product.

Bimatoprost ophthalmic solution, better known as Latisse, was originally developed as a medication for glaucoma, when manufacturer Allergan discovered a happy side effect ? patients who used Latisse were growing longer, thicker lashes. They capitalized on this serendipitous finding and received FDA approval in 2009 as a prescription treatment for hypotrichosis used to grow eyelashes, making them longer, thicker and darker.

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Latisse is only available through a prescription, however, a recent New York Times article indicates that people are getting it from salons and online without seeing a physician. Even when patients are prescribed Latisse, they rarely undergo an eye exam prior to usage. According to the article, Allergan has a policy against selling Latisse online and says it won't allow distribution to physicians who do so. "Allergan strongly believes consumers should seek consultation from a qualified doctor to determine if they are an appropriate candidate for treatment," Allergan spokeswoman Heather Katt said.

As always, there are those who break the rules, and just as you can order Viagra online, you can also order Latisse. Whether or not the product you receive is the real, unadulterated solution is up for speculation. As with any prescription, it should not be purchased online in the interest of saving money, rather you should consult your doctor and make sure this is right for you.

Common side effects include redness and eye irritation which go away once Latisse is discontinued. Another less well-known potential side effect is discoloration of the skin around the eyes and the iris, which may or may not be reversible. It is applied nightly, much like a liquid eyeliner on the upper eyelid, close to the lashes. Full results are seen in about 4 months with as much as 25% increase in growth and 100% increase in thickness. It is important to only apply it to the upper eyelid as hair growth may occur if Latisse is applied elsewhere. Furthermore, you should always use the single use applicators to decrease the risk of infection and ensure proper dosing.