Eyelash regrowth after chemotherapy
A recent study has shown that bimatoprost, often known as the brand name Latisse, grows back eyelashes lost to chemotherapy faster than not using any treatment.
A study conducted by Dr Glaser, professor of dermatology, was carried out on 130 patients that had recently finished chemotherapy and had lost most of their eyelashes.
96 used bimatoprost (Latisse) every day for 12 months. 34 used a placebo of sterile water for 6 months before changing to bimatoprost (Latisse) for the final 6 months.
After 16 weeks 37.5% of patients that used bimatoprost (Latisse) had eyelashes that were significantly longer when assessed by a team of doctors compared to only 6.8% of patients that were using the placebo (just using water). This suggests that Latisse grows eyelashes back after chemotherapy.
After 12 months, 90% of all patients had significantly longer eyelashes compared to the 16 week mark.
Eyelash samples were taken and measured before (straight after chemotherapy) and after 12 months of treatment with bimatoprost. They found that the average improvements were a 180% increase in thickness, 28.5% increase in length and 14.4% darker eyelashes.
These percentage increases are very dramatic because their eyelashes were very small after chemotherapy. This paper suggests that Latisse after chemotherapy is a safe and effective treatment.
To read the study, visit this link:
Written by Dr Tom Walker