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"Latisse isn't headed to the market just yet. The FDA considers, but doesn't always follow, the recommendations of its advisory panels. And if the FDA approves Latisse, it will be a prescription drug, not an over-the-counter cosmetic."
My first question, which I didn't see answered anywhere, was "If this drug enhances hair growth, once it's in your body can you wind up with bushy eyebrows too?"
Another problem is that "Lumigan's prescribing information notes that the drug may darken eyelid skin". As people age, their eyelid skin thins/becomes more translucent, and darkens to start with, so users may wind up with thicker eyelashes but sunken looking eyes.
I think use of this should be limited to people with medical conditions that caused the loss of their eyelashes, rather than others who could just as easily use mascara rather than prescription meds.
Latisse is already available online and in dermatologists offices - in fact, I was just at my own dermatologist today and coincidentally she was offerring it to a patient. Yes, it is by prescription or by direct sales in a doctor's office or from an online drugstore.
There is a subset of the population that has sparse eyelashes and this will be a "gift to them" and to cancer patients who lose their lashes. You apply it locally and its impact is only locally - in fact, glaucoma patients who are using actual drops in their eyes (with this ingredient to lower ocular pressure) have been getting the benefit for years, specifically because a bit of the opthalmic solution clearly hits their upper eyelids when they blink - that's how the "secondary application" was discovered.
This active ingredient that instigates the hair growth as I mentioned is very local to the eyelashes - you only get the benefit at the site of application and you are applying a very tiny amount of solution - if you want to instigate eyebrow growth the secret apparently among dermatologists is to use a q-tip swab dipped in Rogaine.
I tend to be very cautious when suggesting the benefits AND disadvantages of a new application but the opthalmic version of this medication has been around for a very, very long time and most of the negative impact is very local - you do have to realize that if you are not very precise with the application to the eyelash base - you have a good chance of developing tha yellowish line - which can be masked with concealer or eyeliner. And if it consistently gets in your eyes, your irises can darken permanently. Again, you have to decide that you want the benefits of this new "enhancing medication" and are willing to deal with the side effects. For some women - many in fact, based on sales I see already - it's a definite yes.