Latisse Pros and Cons
Many of our patients and SkinTour readers have questions about Latisse. Does it work, what is it, is it safe? All great questions which I’ll answer here. You may be seeing Latisse being sold online or in clinics that don’t know much about it. In my opinion, this is an FDA approved medical product which should be prescribed by a doctor to his/her patients after a brief history and exam, especially if any history or questions are of concern. Problems and complications will be avoided if the medication is prescribed in this manner.
Does Latisse really work?
Yes, it absolutely does work to enhance your lashes. Almost everyone who tries it notices an increase in length and sometimes an increase in thickness and darkness. Please remember:
Latisse Before and After Photos from Clinical Trials
Is Latisse safe to use?
Latisse is not for everyone, and it is a prescription medication, so you need to talk to a doctor, PA-C, or ARNP who can prescribe it. In general, as long as you have healthy eyes (i.e., no glaucoma or infections), it is safe to use. If you develop eye or eyelid irritation or eyelid discoloration, stop the product and call your doctor.
If you are not sure about how healthy your eyes are, go see your eye doctor to get an exam and ask if you are a candidate for Latisse. Here’s a sample of questions you might be asked in your doctor’s office before getting a prescription for Latisse:
Also, these points may be gone over with you in the office or on the phone - Stop and Call Us with:
I have heard Latisse can change the color of my eyes, is that true?
There is a lot of misleading information floating around on the internet about this subject. First, you need to know that Latisse was developed from a prescription drug to treat Glaucoma called Lumigan. Lumigan is an eye drop meant to be placed directly into each eye every day. In the original Lumigan FDA clinical trials, there was a 1% incidence of hyperpigmentation (darkening) of the eye itself, especially for patients with hazel or light brown eyes. However, with Latisse you do not actually put the product inside of your eye, but instead along your lash line. Even so, there is a small possibility of permanent darkening of your eye color, so if that would bother you, you may not want to use Latisse. It can also sometimes darken the eyelid skin permanently. To date there have been NO REPORTED CASES of any eye color change with Latisse. Please also refer to the FDA approved prescribing information for Latisse.
Where can I get Latisse?
Your local dermatologist can prescribe Latisse for you, and most carry it in their office. So you can pick it up and take it home that day. You can also see my guide to the best cosmetic dermatologists around the country.
In order to get the most bang for your buck out of 1 bottle of Latisse, many dermatologists suggest using the product slightly differently than outlined in the patient insert and on the Latisse website.
You can use Latisse in the morning or the evening, whichever is more convenient for you. However, many people prefer to use it in the morning instead of at night. Put on your eye cream, then Latisse, and after it is dry, apply my eyeliner. The Latisse may stay in place better than putting it on at night and then rolling around on your pillow.
Most dermatology offices will sell 1 kit of Latisse for $120. Even though the prescribing information says 1 kit will last 1 month, it will often last longer.
Can Latisse be used on the Eye Brows?
Yes! Latisse can be used to can help fill in sparse eyebrows. It may also make the hairs grow longer so be prepared to have to trim more. You don't need much product - a tiny drop will work or use what’s left on the brush after you do your upper lashes.
Once your lashes are the length and thickness you want, I think you can start using Latisse every-other-night, instead of every night. But remember, if you stop using Latisse completely your lashes will go back to how they were before treatment. Also, keep in mind you should see the full effect of treatment at week 16.
Many companies are coming out with lash products to compete with Latisse. Some use the same active ingredient (bimatoprost) and others use other botanical ingredients. Although some of these Latisse competitors may be somewhat effective in lengthening lashes, none are FDA approved like Allergan or have been tested and proven with so many patients like Latisse has. So until some of these Latisse competitors go through clinical testing, I would stick with the product we know will work and is safe to use – Latisse.
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