Allergan created a medication that will grow your eyelashes! Do we want our eyelashes to grow long enough to become the bald man’s answer to a comb-over?
The FDA has approved Latisse, the first drug to promote eyelash growth, according to Allergan, the company that makes Latisse. Latisse, which will be available by prescription starting in the first quarter of 2009, contains the active ingredient of the glaucoma drug Lumigan, which is also made by Allergan.
Eyelash growth is a known side effect of Lumigan. But Lumigan and Latisse are used differently. Lumigan is an eyedrop, and Latisse gets dabbed along the lash line on the upper eyelids to promote longer, thicker, darker lashes. Allergan states that “Latisse users can expect to experience longer, fuller, and darker eyelashes in as little as eight weeks, with full results in 16 weeks.” If Latisse is stopped, eyelashes will gradually return to their previous appearance as new eyelashes grow in.
It’s a strange thing how medicine for one serious use grows into a cosmetic one.
Botox is the strongest example of a killer becoming a beautifier — though the current research seems to indicate Botox may be directly poisoning your brain.
Let’s hope Latisse doesn’t prove to cause blindness.