Though technically the purpose of an eyelash is a functional one to keep out dirt and debris, long eyelashes have historically been a sign of beauty and femininity in many cultures--think Cleopatra!
Back in the Bronze Age, a substance called kohl was used to enhance and protect the eye. Wealthy Egyptians also used it to darken their eyelashes, eyelids and eyebrows. Not only did they think it enhanced their appearance, they also used as a means to protect their eyes from dust, sand and bugs.
Kohl was probably the precursor of modern day mascara and it is safe to say that we still feel that longer, darker, thicker lashes are considered beautiful and physcially enhancing!
Beyond mascara, eyeliner and eyeshadow though, we have more options today to choose from than our Egyptian predecessors. Though we can't increase the lifespan of our lashes, we CAN grow longer, thicker, darker lashes with the first FDA approved drug to enhance eyelash growth called LATISSE®.
Bimatoprost, the active ingredient in LATISSE® is a prostaglandin drug that was first used topically as eyedrops for glaucoma patients to reduce intraocular pressure and control the progression of the disease. Glaucoma patients using the drug (Lumigan), noticed a dramatic difference in the appearance of their lashes. As a result, bimatoprost was approved by the FDA for cosmetic purposes to lengthen eyelashes and was repackaged under the trade name of LATISSE®.
Great eyelashes don’t just happen overnight. It is important to note that the LATISSE® solution works gradually with full dramatic results in about 16 weeks, though some patients report seeing an increase in length as early as 4 weeks.
LATISSE® is used topically by applying a small amount of the solution to the eyelid--upper lid only--with a specially designed brush applicator that comes with the kit. It is applied each night to the upper eyelid and some patients state they see an increase in length as early as week 4, though most will start to notice an increase in length and fullness by week 8 and full, dramatic results at 12-16 weeks.
As with any drug, be sure to ask your eye doctor before using LATISSE® . There have been some reports of eye irritation, darkening of the iris (colored part of the eye) as well darkening of the eyelid after prolonged use.
Offer expires March 2, 2012
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