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While I can't comment on how well Latisse worked, all I can tell you is my stubby
lashes seems longer and darker than before. However, there is a downside to this
magical lash-lenthening product. Some people had great results at first (lashes lengthened,
thickened and look absolutely stunning with mascara), but after a few months of usage,
lashes started falling out with gaps and thinning so be warned.
Also, be aware that once you stop using Latisse, expect your eyelashes to gradually
return its original genetically determined length and thickness. The lash enhancer
only works by keeping hairs in their growth phase. In that sense, Latisse is not
a permanent solution to longer, thicker and darker eyelashes.
What Is Latisse?
Latisse (drug name Bimatoprost) is a FDA approved prescription eyelash growth solution
which help grow lashes in people with hypotrichosis, a condition where eyelashes
are short and sparse or inadequate.
Bimatoprost is a prostagladin, the same medication (Lumigan) that is used to treat
glaucoma. It was incidentally found that patients using Lumigan had an increase in
eyelash growth, length, and fullness. Hence, Latisse is used as a lash enhancer.
So can you use Lumingan for eyelash growth since it's the same thing and cheaper?
Although both Lumigan and Latisse contain Bimatoprost, I think it's safer to use
a medication for its indication and therefore should not be interchanged.
How to Apply Latisse?
Make sure remove all traces of makeup as well as any facial cream/lotion that's on
your face. You want the face to be very clean. Take out your contact lenses if you're
wearing (you can put them on 15 minutes after that).
Put 1 drop of Latisse solution on the sterile applicator (provided in the kit) and
apply to the roots of the hair follicles on the upper eyelids once daily, at night.
Dispose the applicator and use a new one on the other eyelid. Don't even think of
using a cotton swab as an applicator.
If some solution gets into your eyes, you don't have to rinse out. It's not expected
to cause harm.
No matter how tempting it may be, do not use it on your lower lashes. Latisse has
only been FDA approved for the upper eyelashes.
How Soon Will I See Results?
Results are expected within 8 weeks of consistent use. I have friends telling me
they had visible results just after 2 weeks of application. However, individual results
may vary so be patient.
What Are the Potential Side Effects of Latisse?
The most common side effects are an itching sensation in the eyes and/or eye redness,
which will go away. Other less common side effects include darkening of surrounding
eyelid skin (usually reversible once you discontinue Latisse), eye irritation, dryness
of the eyes, and redness of the eyelids.
There are also rare reports of light brown eyes (hazel or green) darkening to a darker
brown. Consult your physician about the continued use of Latisse if you experience
any side effects.
How Much Does Latisse Cost?
I paid $120 for 1 bottle/kit/box of Latisse which lasts for a month so it's not cheap.
However, the price may vary slightly depending on coupons, rebates, discounts, etc.
Always get Latisse from a trusted physician and ask for a discount if you intend
to purchase 2 boxes or more.
You can find more information on Latisse website. Also, check out a similar lash
growth product, RevitaLash®. Google Revitalash vs Latisse, read reviews about them,
and then decide which one is a better option for you. Good luck!
By Tiffany Moore
I'm unhappy with my short thin eyelashes and I've done almost everything possible
to make my lashes look longer and fuller. From heated curlers, volumizing mascaras
to false lashes, nothing seems to work for me. To make matter worse, heat and eyelash
adhesive glue make my natural lashes weak and come out easily. A girlfriend swears
that Latisse works like magic on short lashes. I'm skeptical but really keen to try
it. What do you think? – Pippa, Dallas.
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