IRVINE, Calif., March 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a new U.S. survey conducted by Wakefield Research on behalf of Allergan, Inc., maker of BOTOX® Cosmetic (onabotulinumtoxinA), three out of four women (n = 500) have admitted to having concerns about their inadequate eyelashes. Of the women polled in the survey, 49 percent stated that they found the thickness or volume of their lashes inadequate.1 Additionally, 52 percent of women have noticed that their lashes have gotten thinner, shorter or lighter over time.1 And, 51 percent of those surveyed agreed that they either are using more mascara than they'd like, laying it on too thickly, or are afraid to have anyone see them without it.1
In recent years, there has been a trend towards a "full fringe around the eyes."2 People with inadequate or not enough lashes, now have an FDA-approved prescription product to help them grow their own lashes with LATISSE® (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.03%. LATISSE® is the only treatment option approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to grow eyelashes longer, fuller and darker in 16 weeks.3,4 In fact, patients who use LATISSE® may start to see longer lashes as early as 4 weeks with full results in 16 weeks.4
"Many of my patients who are experiencing thinning of the eyelashes don't realize that there is an FDA approved treatment for inadequate lashes," said Dr. Doris Day, a principal investigator in the LATISSE® clinical trials, clinical associate professor of dermatology at New York University and a LATISSE® user. "I am pleased that I can provide appropriate patients with a prescription for LATISSE®, the only FDA approved option to grow their own eyelashes longer, fuller and darker. Once I saw the results first hand, I incorporated the product into my own regimen."
Dermatologist Dr. Doris Day recommends the following tips:
- Always Remove Your Make-up at Night: Remember to be gentle when removing eye makeup and waterproof mascara, don't scrub.
- Apply Eye Cream: Choose a product that was designed specifically for the delicate skin around your eyes. I recommend to my patients SkinMedica® TNS Eye Repair™ cream with TNS growth factors, peptides and antioxidants. Make sure you apply it gently; never pull down or press hard.
- Don't Forget Your Lashes: If you notice you are using more and more mascara with less satisfaction, talk to your doctor, you may have thinning lashes. LATISSE® (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.03% is a prescription product so ask your doctor if it is right for you. I apply LATISSE® every evening, after I wash my face and apply eye/night cream.
- Always Apply Sunscreen: Your skin, especially the delicate area around your eyes, needs to be protected from the sun every single day of the year. Even during cloudy, winter months use a broad spectrum UVA/UVB face lotion or sunscreen every day. This is the one step, that no matter what, you can't skip.
LATISSE® was approved by the FDA in December 2008 for people with inadequate or not enough lashes to grow eyelashes longer, fuller and darker. LATISSE® is a once-daily prescription solution that is applied to the base of the upper lashes with a sterile, single-use per eye disposable applicator. If patients stop using LATISSE®, their eyelashes will return to their previous appearance over several weeks to months.
In clinical trials, the incidence of the most common side effects – itching sensation in the eyes and/or eye redness—occurred in approximately 4% of patients.4
LATISSE® (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.03% Important Information
LATISSE® is a prescription treatment for hypotrichosis (inadequate or not enough lashes) to grow eyelashes longer, fuller, darker.
Important Safety Information
If you use/used prescription products for eye pressure problems, use LATISSE® under doctor care. LATISSE® may cause increased brown pigmentation of the colored part of the eye which is likely permanent. Eyelid skin darkening may occur and may be reversible. Only apply at the base of upper lashes. DO NOT APPLY to lower lid. Hair may grow on skin that LATISSE® frequently touches. If you have eye problems/surgery, consult your doctor about use of LATISSE®. Common side effects are itchy and red eyes. If discontinued, lashes gradually return to previous appearance.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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BOTOX® Cosmetic (onabotulinumtoxinA) Important Information
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) in adults for a short period of time (temporary).
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into the area around the side of the eyes to improve the look of moderate to severe crow's feet lines in adults for a short period of time (temporary).
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
BOTOX® Cosmetic may cause serious side effects that can be life threatening. Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of these problems any time (hours to weeks) after injection of BOTOX® Cosmetic:
- Problems swallowing, speaking, or breathing, due to weakening of associated muscles, can be severe and result in loss of life. You are at the highest risk if these problems are pre‐existing before injection. Swallowing problems may last for several months
- Spread of toxin effects. The effect of botulinum toxin may affect areas away from the injection site and cause serious symptoms including: loss of strength and all‐over muscle weakness, double vision, blurred vision and drooping eyelids, hoarseness or change or loss of voice (dysphonia), trouble saying words clearly (dysarthria), loss of bladder control, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing. If this happens, do not drive a car, operate machinery, or do other dangerous activities
The dose of BOTOX® Cosmetic is not the same as, or comparable to, any other botulinum toxin product.
There has not been a confirmed serious case of spread of toxin effect when BOTOX® Cosmetic has been used at the recommended dose to treat frown lines, crow's feet or both at the same time.
Serious and/or immediate allergic reactions have been reported. They include: itching, rash, red itchy welts, wheezing, asthma symptoms, or dizziness or feeling faint. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you are wheezing or have asthma symptoms, or if you become dizzy or faint.
Do not take BOTOX® Cosmetic if you: are allergic to any of the ingredients in BOTOX® Cosmetic (see Medication Guide for ingredients); had an allergic reaction to any other botulinum toxin product such as Myobloc® (rimabotulinumtoxinB), Dysport® (abobotulinumtoxinA), or Xeomin®(incobotulinumtoxinA); have a skin infection at the planned injection site.
Tell your doctor about all your muscle or nerve conditions, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease), myasthenia gravis, or Lambert‐Eaton syndrome, as you may be at increased risk of serious side effects including severe dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) and respiratory compromise (difficulty breathing) from typical doses of BOTOX® Cosmetic (onabotulinumtoxinA).
Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, including: plans to have surgery; had surgery on your face; weakness of forehead muscles, such as trouble raising your eyebrows; drooping eyelids; any other abnormal facial change; are pregnant or plan to become pregnant (it is not known if BOTOX® Cosmetic can harm your unborn baby); are breast‐feeding or plan to breast‐feed (it is not known if BOTOX® Cosmetic passes into breast milk).
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Using BOTOX® Cosmetic with certain other medicines may cause serious side effects. Do not start any new medicines until you have told your doctor that you have received BOTOX® Cosmetic in the past.
Especially tell your doctor if you: have received any other botulinum toxin product in the last 4 months; have received injections of botulinum toxin, such as Myobloc®, Dysport®, or Xeomin® in the past (be sure your doctor knows exactly which product you received); have recently received an antibiotic by injection; take muscle relaxants; take an allergy or cold medicine; take a sleep medicine; take anti-platelets (aspirin-like products) or anti-coagulants (blood thinners).
Other side effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic include: dry mouth, discomfort or pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, neck pain, and eye problems: double vision, blurred vision, decreased eyesight, drooping eyelids, swelling of your eyelids, and dry eyes.
For more information refer to the Medication Guide or talk with your doctor.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1‐800‐FDA‐1088.
Please see BOTOX® Cosmetic full Product Information including Boxed Warning and Medication Guide.
The Allergan Survey was conducted by Wakefield Research among 500 U.S. Women ages 18-65, between August 20 and August 26, 2013, using an email invitation and an online survey. Quotas have been set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of U. S. women ages 18-65.
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1 Wakefield Research Study, Allergan 2013, The Facial Lines and Wrinkles study was conducted among 500 U.S. women ages 18-65, between August 20th and August 26th, 2013, using an email invitation and an online survey
2 Newman, Andrew, Mascara Ads: Thick Lashes, Fine Print, New York Times, November 12, 2013
3 LATISSE® Prescribing Information
4 Data on file, Allergan, Inc., 2008; Study No. 192024-032: Full Clinical Study Report
SOURCE Allergan, Inc.