Bimatoprost in the treatment of eyelash hypotrichosis

    April 2010 in “ Clinical ophthalmology
    Simon K. Law
    TLDR Bimatoprost is effective for growing longer, thicker, and darker eyelashes.
    The document discusses the use of bimatoprost, a prostaglandin analog, for the treatment of eyelash hypotrichosis, a condition characterized by an inadequate amount of eyelashes. Bimatoprost 0.03% solution, marketed as Latisse®, which is also used for glaucoma treatment, has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to increase eyelash length, thickness, and darkness. The treatment likely works by stimulating resting hair follicles to enter the growth phase and may extend the growth phase, resulting in longer lashes. While bimatoprost is effective for promoting the growth of healthy eyelashes, its effectiveness for patients with eyelash alopecia areata is uncertain, and its protective effects for eyelash loss due to radiation or chemotherapy have not been studied. The solution is generally safe with minimal side effects when applied to the eyelash base, but patients should be aware of potential ocular or systemic side effects when it comes into contact with the eye's surface.
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