Does Latisse Work Better Than Revitalash?

Does Latisse work better than Revitalash?  I still have a lot of Revitalash left, and I'm not sure if it's worth if for me to switch to Latisse...

Doctor Answers 31

Latisse is the only FDA approved lash growth product

Before the FDA approval of Latisse, Revitalash and another product named LashMD both came on the market for the purpose of lengthening and thickening lashes. Both did a very respectable job and we carried LashMD until it was no longer available.

The proprietary ingredient, bimatropost, is patented by Allergan and in smaller volume bottles is marketed as the prescription glaucoma drug Lumigan. (Purpose of use and directions for use are completely different for the two products even though the product is the same solution!) Allergan went through the process of FDA approval to be able to promote bimatropost as a prescription for insufficicent eyelashes. As such, Latisse is the ONLY FDA approved lash growth product.

Latisse requires a prescription so that users will need to see a doctor or be a current patient prior to being able to buy the product. This is in place for patient safety. In my practice, we verify a patient's chart before issuing a prescription. New patients simply need to stop in for a complimentary consult so we can medically rule out any eye conditions that would make the product unsafe for them to use and properly instruct them on use. Too much or improperly applied product could create some unwanted effect.

Too, some people may have underlying eye disease that would mean they should not use this or similar products around their eyes. As a class C drug, it is not recommended for use during pregnancy or breastfeeding. It is this dedication to safety for patients that makes FDA approved Latisse a preferred product over other cosmetic products which do not disclose ingredients or precautions.

Pricing will probably be very similar or maybe a little less than the "street price" of Revitalsh. Allergan adds individual applicators to the Latisse packaging so there is no cross contamination from one eye to the other.

Irvine Dermatologic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Both will work, but Latisse has studies showing proven results

Revitalash works well for many people. Reviatalash's new formulation has a different ingredient than bimatoprost, but it is still a prostaglandin-related analog that has the same side effect of growing hair. They had to change their formulation within the last year, but it is still effective and the results can be dramatic. However, this is labelled as a cosmetic by the FDA, not as a drug; therefore, studies to prove consistent results haven't been done to the best of my knowledge.

Latisse has the same ingredient as the glaucoma drug, Lumigan (made by Allergan). This medication has been extensively studied and the effects on eyelash growth, fullness, and thickness studied. This medication has been proven to predictably and reliably grow eyelashes in approximately 80% of people using it. It is FDA approved, and you won't be able to get it without a prescription from your doctor.

If you have revitalash, and it works for you, there is no need to go get Latisse. But, if the Revitalash you have is not giving you any results, it may be worthwhile to try Latisse when it's released.

Don Mehrabi, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

Revitalash or Latisse

My suggestion would be to use up your Revitalash (we used to sell it but no longer do) and then switch to Latisse.

Latisse is the same price (actually $5 cheaper than we used to sell Revitalash for) and it works better because the active ingredient that is used in Latisse was removed from Revitalash in the recent past based on a lawsuit between the two companies that produce the products.

Harold J. Kaplan, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Use up the Revitalash you have

There is no reason to discard your Revitalash. Both Revitalash and Latisse will enhance eyelash growth. So use up your Revitalash and don't waste it by throwing it away.

Latisse has the advantage of clinical trials and FDA approval and, when used judiciously, can be just as cost effective. You can switch over when you need a resupply.

You will need a doctor's RX to purchase Latisse, but you are assured that the product you are buying has been deemed both safe and effective.

Nasrin Mani, MD
La Jolla Physician
3.5 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

Latisse vs Revitalash

These are two different things entirely. Revitalash is an eyelash conditioner that claims to improve the appearance of your lashes. Latisse is 0.03% bimatoprost ophthalmic solution that has a long history. It has been used for years as a glaucoma medication. Patent's who used it were found to have to trim their lashes. So Allergan turned it into an eyelash grower. It will lengthen your lashes 25% and thicken them 105%. The company states that it takes 16 weeks to works. My secretary has been on it for 8 and has seen little progress. After 4 weeks my wife's lashes look fantastic. So clearly it's different for everybody.

Christopher L. Hess, MD
Fairfax Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Latisse and Revitalash Results

Both products give great results. The main difference is that Latisse is a prescription product and is FDA approved. Revitalash is an over-the-counter cosmeceutical and is therefore not FDA approved. 

Mary E. Hurley, MD
Dallas Dermatologist
4.2 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

Latisse Works Better then Revitilash

Both products used to contain the same active ingrediant.  However, Revitilash has since changed it's formulation and now is much less effective (it does not contain prescription ingrediants). 

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 145 reviews

Yes, Latisse works better than Revitalash

Latisse is the only FDA-approved prescription treatment used to grow eyelashes. Latisse make the eyelashes longer, thicker and darker. Revitalash, on the other side, improves only the length and the thickness of the lashes, not the color, and it isn't FDA-approved. Revitalash is a cosmetic conditioner, not an active ingredient.

Gregory Turowski, MD, PhD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 58 reviews

Latisse has clinical trials and FDA approval, Revitalash does not

We considered bringing Revitalash into our practice when it first came out, but decided against it. Since there was no scientific study to back the anecdotal claims, we weren't comfortable recommending it to our patients.

Latisse, on the other hand, won approval by the FDA based on their scientific studies and clinical trials. I have attached a link to the unretouched photos from the clinical trials so you can see the difference. In addition, the applicator is designed for opthamological use because of it's sterile packaging.

The Interesting Story Behind Latisse:

You may not know that Latisse was discovered completely by accident! What started out as a clinical trial for a known glaucoma treatment turned out to have a highly desired side-effect - significantly longer eyelashes.

When the glaucoma eyedrop known as Lumigan entered its third phase of clinical studies, Allergan researchers noticed the drug's eyelash-enhancing effects and the company soon started considering the cosmetic applications that could be derived from it's active ingredient, bimatoprost. Applied directly to the base of the lashes, Latisse keeps hairs in their growth phase, producing longer, darker and thicker eyelashes. It contains a much smaller amount of bimatoprost than Lumigan, as it is intended for daily use.

Many medical breakthroughs have been made in a similar way. Alexander Fleming's unexpected discovery of penicillin is the most famous example. Fleming was conducting research on the flu and noticed that mold was growing in one of his petri dishes. Upon closer inspection, he realized that the area with the mold had no bacteria and proceeded to develop our very first antibiotic.

A more recent accidental breakthrough is Viagra. Most people don’t realize that Viagra was originally intended as a cardiovascular drug. Early in the clinical trials, scientists at Pfizer realized that it was not effective in treating heart ailments, but they decided to continue to study one of the drug's unexpected side effects.

Incidentally, for years Botox was used as a treatment for nerve spasms around the eye and vocal chords, before its famous wrinkle reducing properties became apparent.

David B. Reath, MD
Knoxville Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 107 reviews

Latisse vs other eyelash enhancers

Revitalash is no longer on the market in the US and most other Latisse competitors have had to remove the active ingredients that mimic the prostaglandin analog in Latisse. Latisse is the only FDA approved and clinically proven medication to grow longer, fuller lashes. I've written a breakdown of the available products today and where they stand on active ingredients, linked to below.

Matheson A. Harris, MD
Salt Lake City Oculoplastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

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