Like so many great inventions, Latisse came to be by accident. An unexpected, welcome side-effect experienced by patients using the glaucoma eye drops Lumigan.
Patients who were just trying to get some relief from this painful eye condition, were finding that their eyelashes were growing longer, thicker, and darker. Not bad when it comes to side effects!
According to several board certified dermatologists we interviewed, there’s really no question that Latisse works. Within 16 weeks, you can expect a pretty amazing lash transformation. In fact, some women I know who use Latisse actually have to start trimming their lashes! A lot of patients report fairly significant growth starting at about 4 weeks.
The Latisse kit (that comes with a 3ml bottle of the product, along with individual applicator brushes) costs about $120 and is available by perscription only from your doctor. Some docs sell it in office, others will just write you the prescription.
A bottle reportedly lasts between 4 and 6 weeks. But, Dr. Sharon Meyer says she got a little “pearl” of wisdom from one of her colleagues that can actually prolong your bottle by about a month. She says put one drop of the liquid in the bottle cap, and use just one of the applicators to apply to both eyes (and eyebrows if you want), instead of using a drop on each separate applicator for each eye (the way it says to do in the pamphlet inside the box).
Dr. Meyer says there’s enough product (it takes so little to do the trick) to do both eyes and brows with one drop, so you are making your bottle last twice as long.
Dr. Jeffrey Poole says Latisse is used once a day for the first 4 months, then when you get to your desired length, some women can maintain results by just using the product 2 or 3 times a week.
Although Latisse is only FDA approved to grow lashes, docs say it can be used on the eyebrows as well. Because it’s not FDA approved for the brows, and is considered off label, the doctors can talk about its effectiveness on the brows, but the company is not allowed to advertise this. The dermatologists and patients we spoke with using it on the brows say they have seen great results.
So what about the concern that it will turn light eyes brown? First, Dr. Mary Lupo says this very, very, small concern applies to hazel eyes only, not all light eyes. There must be brown specs in the eyes for it to have any chance of turning a darker color, so she says if you have blue or green eyes you’re safe, just like the brown-eyed girls. In any case, she says there have been no reported cases of Latisse turning any color eyes darker, and says there were only a few reported cases with the actual Lumigan drug (the glaucoma drops), which she says is a much higher dosage that is actually applied on the eyeball, unlike Latisse that’s applied on the lash line.
So bottom line, if you use it as directed and don’t squirt the bottle into your eye, you should have a very, very low - if not zero - risk of having an eye color change.
Finally, since Latisse seems to be working so well on the lashes and brows, what about hair loss? Is there a future here? Both Dr. Lupo and Dr. Bill Coleman say Latisse could have a very bright future when it comes to hair loss. Dr. Coleman says Allergan would have to find a way to make the product less expensive though, since it would need to be used in much greater quantities if used for hair loss. He says if it were priced the way Latisse is, it probably would not be able to compete with the other products currently on the market.
So if you are losing lash length, or never had much to begin with, this “accidental” beauty breakthrough, may just be your solution!
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