Beauty Buzz. FDA Approves First Lash Enhancing Drug Latisse

December 30, 2008 • Beauty


For those of us who who lack long batty lashes or wish for thicker, enhanced lashes, the company Allergan that brought us Botox has just been approved to market a treatment to enhance your eyelashes. Is it possible we can say goodbye to our tube of mascara? LATISSE™ solution is a prescription treatment for hypotrichosis (inadequate eyelashes), used to grow eyelashes, making them longer, thicker and darker.

LATISSE™ is a applied once-daily to the base of the upper eyelashes with a sterile, single-use-per-eye disposable applicator. 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. However, the company did warn that the medication should not be applied to the lower eyelid, and that any other part of the body that was exposed to LATISSE™ might show hair growth. Allergan also noted that the eyelashes on each lid might not grow the exact same way.

LATISSE™ will be available only with a prescription beginning in early 2009, but are trying to get approval as an over-the-counter cosmetic as soon as possible. Until then you will have to convince your doctor that your lack of lashes needs to be prescribed a treatment for ‘healthy’ ones!

– Kelly D. Woods, Beauty Writer

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