Love Your Lashes: Revitalash and Latisse

Dr. Steve Jepson with The Spa at the Utah Dermatologic & Medical Procedure Clinic explains the science behind Revitalash and the new FDA-approved prescription drug Latisse.

Do you want longer, thicker, fuller, more natural-looking eyelashes? There are many reasons that your eyelashes may need help. Some women just genetically don’t have great lashes to begin with. Many women develop hormonal or vitamin deficiencies that stunt eyelash growth. Some women develop medical illnesses that affect eyelash growth. Often just the normal aging process will slow down the growth of your eyelashes. And some women who naturally have great eyelashes just want even better. The good news is now there are two great options to help improve the appearance of your lashes.

Latisse – this new FDA-approved prescription drug was recently launched by Allergan (the makers of Botox Cosmetic and Juvederm), and they are marketing it very aggressively. You may have already seen the ads with Brooke Shields. Latisse is a drug that when applied to the base of your eyelash, will stimulate growth. And it really does work. It comes with a brush-like applicator. You simply apply a drop of the liquid drug to the applicator and then brush it across the base of your lashes. The effects are not immediate but over the course of 3-6 weeks you will notice fairly dramatic improvement in the length of your lashes. A prescription is required, so this means that you need to see a doctor in order to get the Latisse. It is not usually covered by any insurance, so shop around for your best cash price at the local pharmacies. The average price is around $120, but varies from pharmacy to pharmacy. Each bottle should last a few months. If you stop using it, your lashes will likely return to their natural pretreatment state with time.

Revitalash – Revitalash has been on the market for the last couple of years and has been very successful. We have many happy patients who use it. Its makers call Revitalash an eyelash conditioner rather than a drug, but the active ingredient is very similar to the drug in Latisse. Application technique is similar but it comes in a convenient mascara-like delivery system. A prescription is not required for Revitalash and it can be purchased directly from authorized retailers. Each bottle will last several months (we find that most people get about 6 months on average from the bottle). The average retail price is $150. We currently have it on sale at my office for $130 this month for Studio 5 viewers.

Latisse hasn’t been available long enough to say if one is better than the other. They both are very effective! We have Revitalash available for purchase at my office and we would also be happy to schedule appointments for Latisse prescriptions.

Dr. Steven Jepson, M.D.

The Spa at the Utah Dermatologic & Medical Procedure Clinic

154 E. Myrtle Ave (5065 S) #102 in Murray


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