Longer, Thicker Lashes In A Month

Drug Originally Used On Glaucoma Patients

Some women are willing to try just about anything to make their skimpy eyelashes look better.

That includes shelling out hundreds for extensions or the new drug Latisse.

The drug from Allergan was originally the eye-drop drug Lumigan, used on glaucoma sufferers.

Doctors began noticing their patients lashes becoming longer and fuller.

Dr. Michelle White an oculoplastic surgeon with Parker Adventist Hospital uses Latisse and loves the results.

The drug is applied like an eyeliner.

Results will very from patient to patient.

"I think the average result is in a month or two. Some people get a dramatic result in two weeks, some people it takes up to four months," said White.

Side effects include skin darkening, irritation and in some cases a darkening of the iris.

"May cause eyelid skin darkening which may be reversible, and there is potential for increased brown iris pigmentation which is likely to be permanent," according to the company's own website.

"In the FDA trials, 4 percent of people showed redness, irritation of the eyes. But if you continued to use latisse once a day it gradually went away, " said White.

Insurance does not cover the $120-a-box price tag. Depending on use, a box will last a month and a half to three months.

When patients discontinue use, their eyelashes return to their original appearance within four months.

To contact Dr. Michelle White call (303) 500-5042.

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