I hear Latisse may darken the eyelid or worse change the color of your eyes. Not wanting to change my blue eyes, would it be better to use Revitalash?
Better to Use Revitalash Than Latisse to Avoid Side Effects?
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Latisse or Revitalash
Revitalash is an eyelash conditioner that claims to make your lashes appear fuller, (think conditioner for your hair). It is not a medicine. It does not have FDA approval. As of this writing, there are no clinical, scientific trials published in a peer reviewed medical journal.
Latisse consists of an established medicine that has been used for years to treat glacoma. They found some glaucoma patients had significant eyelash growth. Allergan configured it to be a topical medicine for eyelash growth. They went through the rigors of FDA approval. The science says that it keeps the lashes in growth phase. Clinical trials showed that it can lengthen eyelashes 25% and thicken them 106%, later with more use, and will darken them. There was some reports that with the eye drops, if you had hazel eyes with brown spots, the brown spots may get more brown. It should not change your blue eyes. as of this writing, there has been no color changes when using latisse.
Latisse: Potential Risks and Adverse Reactions
There is no evidence to suggest that Latisse will change your eye color. The eye is exposed to a very small amount of Latisse even when it is properly applied as directed to the upper eyelid margin using the supplied applicator. This has been demonstrated by applying a colored dye to the eyelid margin and watching its migration. Over two million prescriptions for Latisse have been filled with no confirmed reports of iris pigmentation issues. Side effects from the initial studies showed less than 4 percent of people experienced redness, irritation and itching of the upper eyelid, which was reversed upon discontinuation. The irritation can sometimes lead to darkening of the skin on the upper eyelid where the Latisse has been applied. This can actually be a good thing if you use eyeliner.
Latisse VS Revitalash and eye color changes
The active ingredient in Latisse which grows lashes is Bimatoprost, a prostamide, a prostaglandin analog which lowers eyeball pressure in patients with open-angle glaucoma. When patients using Lumigan eyedrops for glaucoma began having longer lashes a lot of doctors began prescribing the medication to people who did NOT have glaucoma -- for cosmetic reasons.
Several make up companies, including Jan Marini Skin Age Intervention Eyelash Conditioner, Athena Cosmetics Corp. - RevitaLash, MassiveLash, and MD Lash Factor , began selling eyelash products allegedly secretly containing Bimatoprost, the active ingredient in Lumigan®. Allergan, the maker of Lumigan and owner of the license to Bimatoprost sued them for millions and the cases were settled with these companies promising to remove the Bimatoprost from their products. Therefore, Revitalash no longer contains Bimatoprost and does not compare to Latisse in effectiveness.
Applied to the edge of the upper lid without direct application to the eye means you have a VERY small risk of eye color changes.
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Potential side effects of Revitalash and Latisse are the same
The potential side effects of either Latisse or Revitalash are the same. The darkening of the color of the iris is a minimal risk and has only been noted in patients who use the drops IN THE EYE for medical purposes - and even then it is a rarity. Used correctly, the drops will not go into the eye, but be placed at the lashline on skin.
Because Allergan went through the FDA for Latisse approval (other companies did not do this), they have fully disclosed any possible side effect of the active ingredient in the product, no matter what the use.
You are actually safer using Latisse because you should not use this product or any other eyelash growth product without eliminating the possibility that you have an underlying condition that would make it problematic for you. We don't charge fees for a visit to our practice to purchase Latisse so there are no extra costs to get that safety check.
Plus our staff provides full instructions on how to safely and most effectively use Latisse so you get the most benefits and the most efficient use of the full amount of product included in the bottle.
Latisse has proven clinical studies which disclose all benefits, risks and timelines for lash growth improvement. No other product gives you that much information or has undergone the same scrutiny for approval and safety.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.