There are many eyelash treatments out there claiming to lengthen and thicken lashes. Most are little more than make-up or cosmetics designed to give the appearance of thicker or longer lashes. The only clinically proven products to work are those containing a drug called bimatoprost.
Like many drugs, bimatoprost started life being used for something completely different. Bimatoprost is a prescription only drug, used to treat high pressure in the eye (glaucoma). Researchers noted that one of the side effects was increased eyelash growth and thickening of the lashes. Bimatoprost is approved for use on eyelashes by the Federal Drug Administration. It works by prolonging the growth phase of eyelash cells, making the eyelash grow longer before it falls out naturally.
Bimatoprost is available in the US as Lumigan® and Latisse®, the latter being licensed for eyelash growth. In the UK only Lumigan® is available.
Bimatoprost is applied to the roots of the eyelashes each day using a special disposable brush. More frequent application or greater volumes of bimatoprost do not give a greater effect, but are more likely to cause side effects, such as irritation or redness to the lid. Effects can be seen in as little as 7 days, although most people will need a few weeks to see the maximum benefit. Once the bimatoprost is stopped, the eyelashes will gradually return to their previous length and thickness.
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