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Claire Danes Looks Great! No Latisse Side Effects.

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

There have been some recent rumors that Claire Danes had unspecified side effects from Latisse.  Speculation included iris pigmentation and discoloration of the skin around her eyes.  Photos from her recent Golden Globes win show no evidence of this.  Claire looks great!

We’ve had very good success with Latisse.  Nearly every patient is happy with the treatments, and some people are even experimenting with using Latisse on the scalp and eyebrows.  Preliminary results haven’t been released yet, but I expect that Latisse’s FDA-approved indications are going to expand in the near future.

Click here for my previous post on Claire Danes, including before and after photos of her eyelashes!


Did Latisse Cause Skin Discoloration For Claire Danes?

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

A report from the New York Post quotes an unnamed source that actress and Allergan spokesperson Claire Danes has developed discoloration of the skin around her eyes due to use of the popular eyelash lengthener Latisse.  This source “claims that Danes’ makeup artist has to plaster on concealer to cover the purplish and yellowish shade. ‘It is hard to cover it up.”  Is this true?

I strongly doubt it.  A study reported by Latisse-maker Allergan quotes a 2.9% risk of temporary skin darkening, completely reversible with discontinuation of the product.  In my practice, we dispense at least 3-4 boxes of Latisse each week and have not seen any complications from it.  It’s actually surprising how may people seem to tolerate it and have really nice results.  The product does work, as evidenced by Claire Danes’ photos above and by a segment I did with Fox News, which can be seen here.

For those of you who don’t tolerate Latisse, Obagi Medical Products has released their own eyelash lengthener, Elastilash.  It’s brand new, and we haven’t received any feedback from it yet.  Anyone try it?

For more on Claire Danes, Latisse, and other doctors’ opinions, click here for an outstanding article on the OC Register blog.


Latisse as a treatment for thinning hair?

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Can Latisse be used as a treatment for thinning hair?  It’s definitely possible!  I’ve had a number of patients tell me that they’ve used Latisse off-label for treating areas of hair loss, including on the scalp.  While Latisse (bimatoprost) is currently FDA approved for eyelash growth, the FDA has now initiated a clinical trial to evaluate the topical drug for treating hair loss in the scalp. 

Because medically-approved options for hair loss are limited, the potential future FDA approval of bimatoprost for thinning hair could be huge for its parent company Allergan.  Propecia and Rogaine (minoxidil) are currently the only FDA approved drugs for treatment of male baldness / hair loss.  Some doctors also use FDA-approved low light lasers for hair loss.

I should give some of this stuff to my brother to put on his head…

Source: Dr. Bauman’s blog


FDA Issues a Warning Letter Regarding Latisse

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

The FDA has issued a warning letter to Allergan, makers of Latisse, claiming that the company has omitted certain risks of the popular eyelash lengthening medication in their advertising. Specifically, the FDA focuses on possible complications including iris pigmentation, hair growth outside the desired area, bacterial eye infection, and allergic reactions. You can find the actual FDA letter to Allergan here. An MSNBC.com article about it is here.

We’ve been using Latisse in my office since it arrived on the shelves several months ago and have not seen any complications yet. So far it appears to be both well-tolerated and effective. The vast majority of patients we’ve treated have been very happy.

As far as the complications above, allergic reactions can result from anything applied to the skin, from Latisse to moisturizer to soap. Bacterial eye infections can occur when anything not completely sterile touches the eye, most commonly contact lenses. Iris pigmentation is a complication associated with the other form of bimatoprost (Lumigan) when it is applied directly to the eye. To my knowledge it has not been found when applied to the upper eyelids.

But, as with anything in life, you must take a slight risk to achieve the nice benefit.

Thanks for reading.
Michigan-based Plastic Surgeon
Anthony Youn, M.D.


Latisse – FDA Approved to Enhance Your Eyelashes

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Ever thought about having Angelina Jolie eyelashes? Well, put away the glue and false lashes you bought at CVS and head to your local plastic surgeon‘s office instead. The FDA has approved Latisse, the first and only medical treatment scientifically proven to enhance eyelash prominence. Here are some facts:

1. An FDA-approved study found significant increases in eyelash length, thickness, and darkness when compared to placebo.
2. The prescription-strength product was initially used as a treatment for glaucoma, but people using it found that their eyelashes became enhanced while on the medication.
3. It’s applied once a day to the upper eyelashes.
4. Results can be expected by 8 weeks, with maximal results usually present at 16 weeks.
5. When Latisse is discontinued, the changes appear to recede within a couple months.
6. Very few side effects have been reported.
7. Latisse is manufactured and sold by Allergan, the makers of Botox.
8. None of the study participants ended up looking like Tammy Fay Baker, although Greta Garbo is a possibility. (jk)

Although Latisse has been FDA approved, it won’t be in physicians’ offices until at least the end of the month. The cost of the product has not yet been released, to my knowledge. Latisse is estimated to bring in up to $500 million in peak sales, so this one is a biggie. Plastic surgeons have not yet been trained in how to use this product, but I’ve made arrangements to be one of the first to “test drive” it (although not on myself…)

Photo above is a before and after of an actual Latisse patient, courtesy of Allergan.

Thanks for reading.
Michigan-based Plastic Surgeon
Anthony Youn, M.D.