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The Mechanism of Bimatoprost - Induced Eyelash Growth

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The Mechanism of Bimatoprost - Induced Eyelash Growth

The use of cosmetic products to enhance beauty has become a common sight. Eye make-up is one of the cosmetics widely used by both men and women to enhance the appearance of their eye and make them pop. Many individuals desire long, thick dark eyelashes. After all, who would not want such, with the assumption that long lashes can increase the attractiveness of a person? Due to this desire, many have embraced the use of cosmetics to give their lashes their desired appearance. Regardless of the chemical side effects, many have chosen to chemically formulated remedies, turning their back on the natural remedies that enhance eyelash growth.

Eyelash growth history
Eyelashes are facial hairs attached to the eyelids. They are the slowest growing hairs on the body. Eyelashes are useful to the body in that, they prevent particles present in the air from accessing the eye. They also prevent small insects from getting into the eye. Generally, eyelashes act as protective features that protect the eye from outside forces that may damage it. Moreover, eyelashes add a beauty aspect to the face. For such reasons, the proper growth of eyelashes is very important. As at December 2008, the Food and Drug Administration certified bimatoprost as a safe treatment for hypotrichosis. Bimatoprost is the synthetic imitation of prostaglandin. Prostaglandin occurs naturally and assists in the growth of hair. Due to this feature, bimatoprost enhances the growth of hair on the body including the eyelashes.

Many researches have been conducted to identify whether or not bimatoprost is a valid treatment for hair loss. The main objective of these researches was to identify the mechanism in which this glaucoma treatment now turned hair loss treatment works in enhancing the growth of eyelashes. Another objective was to identify whether bimatoprost was safe for use as a lash growth treatment and the side effects of using it. This propped up due to the many concerns and doubts individuals had about bimatoprost. Our general objectives were to:

  • Identify the mechanism by which bimatoprost works as an eyelash growth enhancer

  • Investigate its safety when used as a treatment for hypotrichosis

  • Identify the side effects of using bimatoprost

Methods and materials
In order to verify our objectives, we used the treatment and control group approach. One group of people was treated with bimatoprost while the other was not. The study took at least 3 weeks to identify tangible results.

To receive effective results, the application of bimatoprost was done during the night on a cleansed face. This was to ensure no disturbance since the individuals would go to sleep. Using a clean eyelash brush or a clean mascara brush, the bimatoprost is applied to the upper lid starting from the inner end moving on to the outer end. The treatment is applied as close as possible to the root where the lashes meet the eyelids. Any extra fluid on the lashes should be wiped out using a clean cotton ball. Every morning, the treatment was washed off from the eyes.

At least three weeks down the line, results were now appearing to be visible. The group with the bimatoprost treatment was seen to have positive results. The general observations at this time were longer, thicker and darker eyelashes. After no less than 12 weeks, the full impact of the treatment was seen on the treatment group. The growth of the eyelashes was seen to increase by approximately 30 percent while the darkness was seen to increase by 20 percent. A 105 percent was recorded as the increase of eyelash thickness. However, with these remarkable results came a variety of adverse side effects:

  • Skin irritation

  • Eye irritation, itchiness and redness

  • Discoloration in the eyes and the eyelids

  • Blurred vision

  • Increased sensitivity to light

  • Headaches and dizziness

  • Low blood pressure among other negative effects

The control group did not experience any significant changes in the appearance of their eyelashes. The study clearly showed the impact of bimatoprost as a lash growth enhancer.

Approval of bimatoprost by the FDA certifies it as a safe drug for the use in enhancing eyelash growth. Its similar nature to prostaglandin allows its growth enhancing functions. Users of this treatment should exercise caution while applying it on to their lashes. Touching other parts of the body with the drug may lead to undesired hair growth. Bimatoprost is therefore enhances the growth of longer, thicker and darker eyelashes.

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