Thursday, October 23, 2008

The New Botox Drug That Grows Longer Eyelashes

Allergan, the fine people who brought you Botox to smooth away frowns and wrinkles, are now hoping the FDA will finally let them market Lumigan. The new Botox---a drug that grows you long-gggger eyelashes.

Allergan has been conducting clinical trials, investigating the use of Lumigan as a cosmetic drug.

Lumigan (trade name) or bimatoprost has been around for many years. It's actually a glaucoma drug. And one of the delightful side effects: growing long lashes. And some glaucoma patients says the lashes get so long, many trim them with a scissors!

But there are other not so pleasant side effects from using bimatoprost. Some people get blurry vision. And others get very dark, undereye circles. And probably most alarming, there are those who say their eyes have darkened permanently with long term use. Blue eyes that have dark brown spots, and so on.

Still, Allergan has filed a new drug application with the FDA for Lumigan, and hopes to market it for cosmetic use in the near future. We're not sure how the Botox kings will address those ugly possible side effects.

It's one thing to desire long, thick eyelashes. But is it worth the possible chance of darkening your irises, or getting blurry vision?

We'll have to wait and see how the Allergan Botox people make a better Lumigan for cosmetic enhancement.

Meantime....ladies, there is super mascara, like Maybelline's Great Lash. Still the best eyelash lengthener by our standards.

And false eyelashes. Look at Kim Kardashian. She has amazing peepers. Okay, she has a professional makeup genius in our friend, Stephen Moleski. And Kim isn't ashamed to admit, that she sometimes uses false eyelashes to bring her dark eyes to the next hottest level. It's really okay to wear fake lashes.

No one's perfect. And not everyone has been born blessed with super long, luscious lashes. But it doesn't mean we can't create them through makeup and a skilled hand.

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