Bimatoprost is a Class F drug approved by Health Canada for use in enhancing the length and prominence of eyelashes. I is only available through a physician and is not available in pharmacies without a prescription.

Originally, the drug in Vistitan® (bimatoprost) was used as a treatment for glaucoma. Patients soon discovered their eyelashes became longer, thicker and fuller while using the medication. Vistitan® is a solution that is applied to your upper eyelashes once a day with a small applicator brush. Visible results can be seen within 8 weeks. Maximum results can typically be achieved in about 16 weeks. Side effects are rare but may include itching, redness and temporary skin pigmentation. Over 90% of women who have used bimatoprost have had good results. Longer, thicker, natural lashes are now possible without mascara!

Individual results may vary. The lashes displayed have not been retouched. Subjects are not wearing mascara.

If you stop using bimatoprost, your eyelashes will return to their previous appearance over several weeks to months. It is possible for a difference in eyelash length, thickness, fullness, pigmentation (darkness), number of eyelash hairs, and/or direction of eyelash growth to occur between eyes (i.e. results may vary for each eye). These differences, should they occur, will usually resolve if the use of bimatoprost is discontinued.

Synthetic Lashes (eyelash extensions)

Unlike false eyelashes, where synthetic lashes are applied to the eyelid and then removed after usage, eyelash extensions are applied directly to the natural eyelash with a bonding agent and can last up to six weeks. These bonding agents and glues are irritants and can cause discomfort and potential eye damage in severe cases. Repeated use of eyelash extensions can cause Traction Alopecia, a condition where the hair falls out due to excessive tension placed on the hair shaft. As a result this can damage the hair follicle which can slow down and even cease production of hair.

Because eyelash extensions are such a new trend there has been very little clinical research with the dangers associated them. It is, therefore, important to take care of your eyelashes and avoid repeated use of eyelash extensions.

Shop Carefully

As more and more consumers shop and make purchases online, it is important to realize that there are many counterfeit pharmaceutical products sold on the internet through various websites. Be very careful not to risk buying a product that may contain ingredients which may cause harm or even loss of eyesight. Eyelash products are used close to the eyes and can present increased risks for consumers. We highly recommend extreme caution if considering the purchase of these types of products online and advise you to talk to your physician if you think you have bought, or come across a product sold by an unauthorized source.

For more information on bimatoprost contact Laser and Skincare MedSpa in Red Deer.