WEB EXTRA: Lush Lashes Q&A

March 12, 2009 6:19:02 AM PDT
It was first used as a glaucoma drug, but is now a hit with cosmetic doctors for creating longer, thicker lashes

HOW WAS LATISSE? DISCOVERED?

NEIL SADICK, M.D. Dermatologic Surgeon, New York, N.Y.: "When people were treating themselves for glaucoma, they were noting increasing size, thickness and increasing number of their eyelashes. So as a secondary epi-phenomena that's how the drug came to be discovered."

IS AGE A FACTOR IN THINNING LASHES?

Neil Sadick, M.D. "Many, many women, beginning in the third or fourth decade of their life, will complain of diminution or decreased density or growth of their eyelashes. "

WHO'S A GOOD MATCH FOR LATISSE??

Neil Sadick, M.D. "It is appropriate for anybody that number one, notices with time as part of the aging process that they have again thinning of their eyelashes. Or for anyone that just wants to augment or increase the cosmetic appearance in terms of longer eyelashes or thicker eyelashes, just to give that nicer cosmetic type of look. Anybody that wants to improve their appearance can utilize this agent safely and effectively."

WHAT KIND OF SIDE EFFECTS ARE THERE?

Neil Sadick, M.D. "The only adverse side effects that have been reported using Latisse? or occasionally some individuals will have a temporary pigmentation or staining around the area of the eyelashes where the product is applied. A very small, minute percentage of the population may get a little bit of irritation."

CAN LATISSE? GROW HAIR ELSEWHERE ON THE BODY?

Neil Sadick, M.D. "This is an interesting phenomenon. We're in the early stages of clinical applications utilizing this product. I'm sure that independent investigators and/or Allergan at some point will conduct a clinical trial to see whether this is effective in run-of-the-mill genetic hair loss or in alopecia areata."

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