Wow, This article on the new Allergan false eyelash drug is scary.
Source: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32892478/ns ... nd_beauty/
The U.S. FDA has warned Allergan Inc. that the Web site for its eyelash thickener Latisse is misleading. The site downplays or fails to mention risks associated with the product.
The Latisse site either doesn't mention potential side effects including bacterial eye infections, allergic reactions, excess hair growth outside the intended treatment area, and permanent changes in iris and eyelid pigmentation, or presents them in very small text.
The drug is approved to make eyelashes thicker, fuller and darker. Latisse, or bimatoprost, was already on the market as a treatment for glaucoma.
The FDA approved Latisse, an eyelash-thickening drug, last December as a treatment for hypotrichosis, a condition in which no hair grows on your eyelid. The drug, which contains the same active ingredient as the glaucoma drug Lumigan, was also touted as a solution for those who have lost their eyelashes due to chemotherapy and other medical treatments.
But even a quick visit to the Latisse Web site will leave you with a different impression altogether. The site features a video of actress Brooke Shields gushing over her thicker, denser lashes thanks to Latisse, and even has a feature to send a Latisse e-card to your friends!
No wonder the FDA is cracking down on this Web site for downplaying the risks of the drug and misleading the public, as you would not see the side effects unless you did a bit of digging or read the fine print at the bottom of the page.
So what are you risking in exchange for the thicker, fuller and darker eyelashes that Latisse promises? The possible side effects include:
Increased brown pigmentation of the colored part of your eye, which is likely to be permanent
Darkening of your eyelid skin
Hair growth in other areas of your skin that Latisse frequently touches
Itching sensation in your eyes and eye redness
Difference in eyelash length, thickness, fullness, pigmentation, number of eyelash hairs, and/or direction of eyelash growth
Dryness of your eyes
Bacterial eye infections
Further, if you stop using Latisse your eyelashes will return to their previous appearance over several weeks or months, so you’d have to continue using this drug virtually forever if you wanted to maintain the effects.
But to risk changing the color of your eyes and the skin around your eyes, growing hair where it’s not supposed to be and suffering from infection, itching, redness and dryness in your eyes … just to plump up your lashes?
That is a very steep price to pay.