Whenever you see a model, a celebrity, or any woman with thick, full lashes, you can’t help but dream of having a thicker set of eyelashes as well. So what does an ordinary Jane like yourself do? Shop for a mascara that gives you longer lashes with a few coats or have false eyelashes applied at a professional beauty salon.
However, a recent medical breakthrough, called Latisse came into the picture and opened up an entirely new way of achieving fuller-looking eyelashes. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved its use to help thicken, lengthen, and darken even the thinnest eyelashes. What should be taken note is that it has a similar active ingredient that is found in a drug, called Lumigan, that is being used to treat glaucoma, which is an ocular disorder.
It would be interesting to point out that this is also how Latisse was discovered, because people who had to use Lumigan as treatment for their glaucoma experienced lengthening, darkening, and thickening of the lashes. Having such a large potential in the cosmetic industry, the drug was further developed and presented to the US FDA, and later on made available to the public.
While this will most certainly come as a dream come true to many individuals because the effects of the drug are permanent, like any other drug, it also comes with undesirable effects. Some of the effects, which include redness in the eyes and irritation, both seem “acceptable” side effects to a certain degree, but there are a few that are more alarming.
A number of people who have used the solution experienced their eyelids darkening. Thankfully though the color can get back to normal when they stop taking the drug. However, the more disconcerting side effect is the darkening of the iris (the part that is colored), which is irreversible. The good thing though, is that Latisse is a prescription drug, so any experienced and knowledgeable ophthalmologist should be able to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for Latisse.
If you need to know more information about Latisse as a cosmetic procedure or want to know whether it brings favorable results when used for treatment of glaucoma, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with a trusted eye doctor. Weigh your options well so you do not end up regretting in the future any decisions you have made in the past.