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How Long Does Latisse Take To Work?

Approved by the FDA in 2008, Latisse is a relatively new prescription medication that treats sparse or insufficient eyelashes by stimulating eyelash growth. It is applied with a sterile applicator to the lash line of the upper lashes—never the lower lashes. The medication will reach the lower lashes as you blink, so it does not need to be applied directly to the lower lash line. Latisse is usually applied once a day, in the evening. The Baltimore, Maryland area eye surgeons at Katzen Eye Group can provide additional information about Latisse and how it can help restore your lashes.

Latisse does not provide instant results. It usually takes at least two months before the lashes begin to thicken, with full results occurring within three to four months. In order to see full results from Latisse, you must be diligent in applying it nightly. If you stop using Latisse, your eyelashes will in time return to their previous thickness. After three or four months, at which time your lashes should be noticeably fuller, your doctor might scale your dosage back to once every other night instead of every night.

Be sure to closely follow the instructions provided when using Latisse. Latisse is a prescription medication, derived from a medication used to treat glaucoma. It can cause changes to your internal eye pressure, so it is important not to change your dosages of Latisse. Increasing the dosage will not speed the results, and introduces additional risks that are not present if you apply Latisse according to directions.

If you would like to find out more about Latisse and what it can do for you, please contact the eye surgeons at Katzen Eye Group in Baltimore, Lutherville and Towson, Maryland.

What I Learned from Trying Latisse to Boost Eyelash Growth

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My experience with Latisse all started with an unfortunate toilet mishap. While hurrying to get ready in a cramped hotel bathroom on a business trip, I knocked my go-to eyeliner off the counter and right into the toilet. Shit. After thoroughly scrubbing my hands, I made a pit stop at the drugstore for a replacement. While perusing my dozens of options, I considered this a good opportunity to try a new product. I handed over $15 for a fun metallic bronze liquid liner, skipped off to work, and popped into the bathroom to draw it on before my first meeting.

As I hustled through the rest of the week, I gave little thought to the slight tingling that came along with my new liner. I gave it little thought, that is, until I woke up about a week later and saw a chunk of my eyelashes had disappeared. The entire middle section of my top right eyelashes had gone MIA. (Pro tip: Don’t Google “causes of unexpected eyelash loss” unless you want to freak out.)

I immediately emailed my doctor. “Is female pattern eyelash baldness a thing? Will my eyes soon be as bald as Mr. Clean?” His email response came quickly, and with a laugh. “Ha! Karla, take a deep breath. There’s a slight chance this could be endocrine-related, but have you changed your makeup routine lately? This response is most often linked to an allergy to some cosmetics….” Huh. So that’s what the tingling was about.

I tossed the trouble liner and the mascara I was using-just to be safe-and stopped by my local medical spa to stock up on Latisse, which my doc had recommended as a safe and speedy solution for eyelash growth. (Related: Will Eyelash Extensions Make Your Real Lashes Fall Out?)

How Latisse Works

First approved in December 2008, “Latisse is only sold with a prescription because it is a true medication that has a real effect on your eyelash growth according to research,” says Nancy Swartz, M.D., ophthalmic plastic and cosmetic surgeon at Drs. Cohen and Swartz Cosmetic Surgeons in the Philadelphia area.

Latisse, scientifically known as bimatoprost 0.03 percent, was originally used as a glaucoma treatment. Optometrists of patients using Latisse noticed their eyelashes looked pretty damn fierce too, so the U.S. Food and Drug Administration performed a trial with nearly 300 participants to see if it could be sold to help strengthen, lengthen, and regrow eyelashes. Eyelash length was boosted by about 25 percent (compared to 2 percent for those receiving a placebo treatment) and thickness increased by 106 percent (versus 12 percent for the Latisse-free crew). Since then, research has proven Latisse to be effective at supplementing eyebrow growth, too. As a result, it’s been reported that one package of Latisse is sold every 30 seconds.

It makes sense, considering how much emphasis women put on their lashes, says Ivy Boyd, a makeup artist in Des Moines, IA. “I find that every client, regardless of how much or how little makeup they wear, still seem to wear mascara and lament to me about how they wish they had longer lashes,” she says. To the tune of Americans spending $1.1 billion each year on mascara alone-not to mention the fact that lash extensions have become as normal as a bikini wax for many women over the last few years.

After hearing that Dr. Swartz herself swears by and used the product, I felt safe investing in it as well. Whether or not it would be worth the $180 price tag for a 5-milliliter bottle…TBD.

My Experience with Latisse

I took the bottle home, washed my face, peeled open an applicator (this resembles a Q-tip with a thin brush on one end), and applied a drop to my upper right lid, per the package instructions. I repeated this strategy each night after my shower and before bed, and would eagerly flip on the bathroom light the next morning, expecting lash sprouts. Two weeks? Nothing. Four weeks? Nada.

Was I wasting my time and money? Well, maybe. “I have personally seen improvement in both my lashes and brows by applying $15 organic castor oil on them at night,” Boyd says. She suggests giving it a try before pricier alternatives, and if anything, it will strengthen and nourish what you have,” she adds. She also suggests some other cheaper, non-prescription options that clients swear by. Some options include Rodan + Fields Lash Boost ($150, rodanandfields.com), GrandeLashMD ($65, sephora.com), and RevitaLash ($98, dermstore.com).

I was now face-palming for not trying castor oil first (at one-twelfth the price!), but Swartz inspired me to stick with the Latisse. “Eyelashes grow from hair follicles in our eyelids. Just like the follicles on our head, eyelash hair follicles go through cycles of growth and rest. “At any one time, approximately 90 percent of your 100 to 200 eyelash follicles per eyelid are in the growth phase,” she explains. “Latisse works by lengthening the time the follicle stays in the growth phase, so the lashes grow longer and thicker. In addition, there are more follicles in the growth phase at the same time, so you have more lashes growing.”

Perhaps my follicles were just hibernating for a spell after the liner trauma? To find out, my science nerd-self fell down a rabbit hole of research, which taught me that it may take up to 12 to 16 weeks for noticeable results. (I also stumbled upon a handful of scary-sounding side effects, which include darkening of eyelids around the application site that eventually fades-gulp, yep-and in rare cases, permanent eye color change-eeks, not yet and hopefully not ever!).

Slightly freaked out but undeterred, I forged ahead with nightly use. About four months after starting, I finally saw more than baby sprouts. Now, five months post–T Day (toilet day), my lashes are back and better than ever. I only used Latisse on my right, semi-bald eye to save cash, and now can spot a noticeable difference between my two eyes. In fact, my right eyelashes are so long they sometimes stick together! And even without any mascara application, friends have been lauding my lashes. Since I stopped using Latisse 10 days ago, my eyelid color is fading back to normal, too.

Would I bankroll a round of Latisse if I could do it all over? Perhaps, for the almost-guaranteed results. But I’d probably try Boyd’s organic option first-especially if I was just seeking longer and stronger lashes rather than brand-new sprouts.

  • By By Karla Walsh

What You Should Know About LATISSE (Side Effects & More)

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  • LATISSE
  • Not For Everyone
  • Side Effects and Risks

LATISSE helps to grow eyelashes. It is mainly a cosmetic medication, but it does require a prescription. (Learn More)

While the substance works well for many people, it may not work for every condition that leads to thin or lost eyelashes, and it appears to work better for some people than others. (Learn More)

There are also several risks and side effects associated with LATISSE, from darkening of the eyelids and irises to lowering intraocular pressure and exacerbating irritation. (Learn More)

What Is LATISSE, and Does It Require a Prescription?

LATISSE is a medical treatment approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat hypotrichosis of the upper eyelashes. The active ingredient in LATISSE is a prostaglandin analogue, which helps to stimulate the follicles, so hair grows faster.

The main reason for LATISSE treatment is to address people who have shorter eyelashes and want longer ones. This condition may have a genetic component, but it is not a life-limiting medical condition, except where it causes insecurity or shame.

Many people have benefitted from LATISSE treatments, which are easy to acquire after a quick consultation for a prescription. This prescription is required, as there are some complications from LATISSE that the individual must be informed of, and they should have an overseeing doctor who can manage side effects.

LATISSE Works Well for Many People, but Not Everyone

The active ingredient in LATISSE was originally used in a prescription medication called LUMIGEN, which treats high intraocular pressure (IOP), a potential sign of glaucoma. It can cause nerve damage in the eye, leading to vision loss.

A side effect of LUMIGEN was eyelash growth, which led to the development of the eyelash-growing serum. No one is completely sure how LATISSE stimulates hair growth, but it has worked for thousands of people all over the United States who want fuller, longer, darker eyelashes.

Common causes for eyelashes to fall out or become thinner include:

  • Irritation from cosmetics.
  • Blepharitis, or eyelid irritation from clogged oil glands in the eyelash area.
  • Trichotillomania, or an anxiety disorder that leads to pulling out hair, including eyelashes.
  • Localized skin cancer, leading to hair loss.
  • Alopecia areata.

If you suddenly lose your eyelashes, you may have an underlying medical condition that requires different treatment. LATISSE alone cannot solve this problem.

LATISSE specifically treats hypotrichosis, or thin or too-short hair, in the upper eyelash area. The medication is approved after an initial consultation for people who are 18 and older. It is not recommended by the FDA to anyone younger than 16 years old.

The medication is applied to the lash line of the upper eyelid once per day, using a disposable, sterile applicator.

People who benefit from LATISSE may include:

  • Those with genetic causes of thinner or paler lashes.
  • People with medical conditions that affect the eyes, eyelids, and eyelashes, leading to hair loss.
  • People who have lost their hair due to an injury.
  • Those who lost their hair due to radiation or chemotherapy during cancer treatment.

Although LATISSE requires a prescription, it is important to know that the serum does not start working immediately. It requires regular application for months to make hair follicles grow eyelashes longer and darker than before.

It is unlikely that your health or vision insurance will cover a LATISSE prescription since it does not treat serious eye conditions. Instead, you will pay each month out of pocket for LATISSE while you wait for results to show. In order to maintain lash growth, you must keep using it regularly.

There is one condition that may receive coverage from your health insurance: alopecia areata, which causes hair all over the body to fall out in round patches. The condition may impact the eyelids, although this is rare. When it does, eyelashes will fall out. LATISSE may be approved as an approach to treating this condition, although scientific studies on the serum’s efficacy were mixed.

Side Effects and Risks Associated With LATISSE

There are some warnings and risks associated with using LATISSE. Even though it is easy to get after a consultation with a medical professional, and it is not tightly regulated by the FDA or the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), there are still some medication and illness reactions, along with potential side effects, to be aware of.

  • Mixing LATISSE with a similar medication called LUMIGAN can cause unintended side effects. The active ingredient in both medications is bimatoprost ophthalmic solution, which can lower intraocular pressure (IOP). In people with early stages of glaucoma or other conditions that raise fluid pressure inside the eyes, LUMIGAN eye drops may relieve some of this pressure; however, using LATISSE at the same time can cause a reaction between the medications, as they have the same active ingredient.
  • Reducing IOP can also mask glaucoma, which may damage nerves without very high eye pressure.
  • Intraocular inflammation can also be a side effect of LATISSE use if you already have inflammation in that area, such as from uveitis.
  • Eye irritation or dry eyes may be a side effect from regular LATISSE use, which could lead to other visual complications.
  • Macular edema, or a buildup of fluid in the macula (the center of the retina), has been a reported side effect of LUMIGAN treatment for high intraocular pressure. There is a small risk of macular edema associated with LATISSE because the medication can change fluid pressure in the eye. It is important to get regular eye exams to understand your overall eye health and how medications like LATISSE can impact your vision by changing pressure, fluid amounts, or other parts of your eye.
  • Changes to iris pigmentation have occurred in people who use LATISSE for a long time. The iris is the part of the eye that determines eye color. In people who have lighter eyes like blue or green, LATISSE may add brown spots that are permanent. This is caused by increased melanin content in the melanocytes, so eye color is truly changed at the chemical level; however, iris pigmentation changes are more likely to occur after several months or years of regular treatment.
  • LATISSE may also lead to pigmentation changes on the eyelids due to changes in melanin in the skin. Bimatoprost can darken the preorbital area, which is expected to increase with more applications of LATISSE. Unlike iris pigmentation, skin pigmentation from LATISSE typically goes away once treatment stops.
  • Applying LATISSE outside the thin upper eyelash line can cause more hair growth in that area, so be careful to apply the medication only to the recommended area of skin.
  • Using LATISSE with contact lenses can be risky. The medication contains benzalkonium chloride, which can be absorbed by soft contact lenses, so it is important to take contact lenses out of the eyes before applying LATISSE and then wait 15 minutes before putting them back in.
  • LATISSE has not been clinically tested on pregnant women, so it should not be used during pregnancy.

Most people can safely use LATISSE and benefit from feeling more confident in their appearance. If you have any concerns, speak to your eye doctor before starting LATISSE.

Highlights of Prescribing Information: LATISSE. (March 2012). U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Eyelash Lengthening Consultation. Minute Clinic, CVS Pharmacy.

What You Should Know About LATISSE. (July 19, 2011). American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).

Why Are My Eyelashes Falling Out? (February 12, 2019). American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).

The Real Risk of Having Longer Lashes. (February 2010). Consumer Reports.

Six Things You Need to Know Before Trying LATISSE. (September 21, 2016). Women’s Health Magazine.

Alopecia Areata. American Academy of Dermatology.

Is there a Medication to Thicken Eyelashes? (April 5, 2018). Mayo Clinic.

Make Your Eyelashes Pop With LATISSE

Eyelash extensions are really popular right now, but as good as they might make your eyes look, they’re not without hassles. Extensions are expensive, and they only last for a short period, falling out as your natural lashes shed. Wouldn’t it be great if you could get the same lush benefits of extensions without worrying about early shedding? Well, you can — with LATISSE®, a prescription treatment that helps your lashes grow thicker, longer, and darker. At Hamptons Medical Associates, we offer LATISSE to help patients with thin or inadequate lashes get the full look they want — with a treatment that’s as simple as using eye drops. Here’s how LATISSE can help your eyes stand out.

The science behind LATISSE

LATISSE contains a solution called bimatoprost, which has a pretty interesting history. Initially, bimatoprost was part of a solution that was being evaluated as a treatment for glaucoma, an eye condition that causes the pressure inside your eye to increase. During those early studies, researchers noticed people who used the solution tended to have lashes that were extra full, thick, and dark, compared to people in the studies who weren’t using the solution. In response to those findings, researchers started looking at bimatoprost alone to evaluate its effect on eyelash growth. After further testing, LATISSE earned FDA approval as a lash growth product in 2008.

Although researchers aren’t exactly sure how bimatoprost works to encourage thicker, darker lash growth, it’s believed the solution works by altering the hair growth cycle. Normally, your lashes (and all your hair) grow in three distinct stages or phases: the anagen phase, which is when hair grows; the catagen phase, which is a brief resting stage; and the telogen phase, which is when “old” hairs shed and fall out. Researchers think LATISSE works in two ways: first, by increasing the length of time each lash hair grows, and second, by increasing the number of hairs that are in the growth (anagen) phase.

Since LATISSE received FDA approval in 2008, women have flocked to the product to help them grow thicker, fuller, more noticeable lashes, without resorting to glue-on lashes or false (and costly) extensions. LATISSE is popular among older women whose lash growth has slowed down with age, and it’s also popular among younger women whose own lashes are naturally sparse or who have lost their lashes as a result of a medical condition or treatment.

The LATISSE treatment regimen

The LATISSE solution is applied to your lids each day (once or twice a day, depending on your goals) using a special applicator. That’s it. LATISSE treatment is very simple, but there are three important elements you need to remember:

  • LATISSE needs to be applied each day according to the doctor’s directions. If you skip a dose or don’t use it routinely, you won’t have the same results. Make it part of your regular skin care routine to make sure you don’t forget to apply it.
  • The second thing to remember: It can take some time before you notice results. In fact, you won’t see the full effect for about four months (although you’ll see gradual improvement before then, with noticeable results by two months).
  • And finally, to maintain your results, you’ll need to keep using LATISSE. If you stop treatment, your lashes will return to their pre-treatment appearance within a matter of weeks.

LATISSE is a prescription product, and it shouldn’t be used without seeing your doctor first. Since it was initially developed as part of another eye care product, it’s safe to use, but there are some people who should avoid LATISSE treatment — specifically, people who have certain eye conditions or who are at risk for those conditions, and people with active eye infections or chronic eyelid infections. During your initial consultation, we’ll review your medical history to make sure LATISSE is a good choice for you.

Learn more about LATISSE

If you’d like to enjoy thicker, lusher, darker lashes, LATISSE could be the perfect solution to help you reach that goal. To learn more about LATISSE treatment at Hamptons Medical Associates, book an appointment online today.

Latisse

Latisse is the first and only FDA approved prescription treatment for growing your own lashes fuller, longer, darker, and stronger. Off-label use for eyebrow regrowth is possible.

How do I use it? It is absolutely amazing and simple to use. Before bed each night, simply apply the liquid to your lash line (similar to eyeliner application).

How long will it take to make my lashes grow? Although results may vary, you will typically start noticing eyelash growth in 4 short weeks. At 12 weeks, you may have to trim your eyelashes because they are so long!

Pricing: Our price for Latisse is constantly fluctuating due to our competitive pricing and discounts when one purchases multiple bottles. Call or visit the Venus Med Spa™ location nearest you for the most up-to-date price. Specials are frequently featured on our Specials page. Come by today for a complimentary consultation. If you are a candidate, we will prescribe and dispense the medication on site.

Disclaimers: not for use if you are pregnant or nursing or if you have a history of glaucoma or other eye disorders.

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Latisse (Bimatoprost Ophthalmic) – An Overview

Bimatoprost ophthalmic solution, marketed under the brand name Latisse, is an FDA-approved treatment for inadequate or not enough lashes. People interested in using Latisse (bimatoprost ophthalmic 0.03%) ® can request the medication from a licensed medical provider through Push Health and have the medication delivered or pick it up at a local pharmacy.

Latisse ® – Medication Dosage & Use

What is Latisse ®? Latisse ® has become popular as an eyelash growth serum but does it really help a person grow eyelashes? Latisse ® is a medication that contains the active ingredient bimatoprost ophthalmic solution 0.03% and is a synthetic prostaglandin analog. Latisse ® was approved by the FDA to treat hypotrichosis of the eyelashes by increasing their growth, including length, thickness and darkness. Latisse ® is thought to work by increasing the percent of hairs in and the duration of the growth phase. After one drop of bimatoprost ophthalmic solution, blood levels have been demonstrated to peak within ten minutes and were below detection levels within 1.5 hours after dosing. Latisse (bimatoprost ophthalmic 0.03%) is administered by applying it nightly to the skin of the upper eyelid margin at the base of the eyelashes using an applicator. Any excess Latisse ® solution should be blotted away and the Latisse ® applicator is only meant to be used one time.

Latisse – Price & Coupons

Latisse ® is not inexpensive. One 5 mL bottle of Latisse 0.03% will cost approximately $62 at many pharmacies in the United States. Latisse ® coupons may also be available through the manufacturer and a generic Latisse ® version was released by Sandoz in 2016. Most insurance plans will not cover the cost of Latisse as it is typically considered an elective medication. Once administered, bimatoprost is primarily found in the plasma and a minority of it is not bound to proteins. Bimatoprost demonstrates a half life as short as 45 minutes and the majority of the drug is excreted in the urine.

Can I Buy Latisse Online?

Latisse ® is not available over-the-counter (OTC) as it is a prescription medication in the United States. In most cases, one cannot simply buy Latisse online as the first step is getting a Latisse ® prescription from a medical provider before a pharmacy will dispense it. Push Health can connect people interested in using Latisse with a licensed medical provider who can prescribe the medication assuming it is safe to do so as a convenient option for people looking to get Latisse ® online.

Latisse (Bimatoprost Ophthalmic 0.03%) – Side Effects

Latisse side effects do exist. Side effects of Latisse (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) include iris pigmentation, lowering of intraocular (eye) pressure, hair growth outside of the treatment area, contact lens discoloration, and infection if the applicator is contaminated. Other side effects of Latisse ® use include itching, skin changes, dry eye and other eye disorders. Like most medications, Latisse ® can cause an allergic reaction in susceptible people. Latisse (bimatoprost ophthalmic) should not be used by people who are hypersensitive to the medication. Questions regarding the use and safety of Latisse ® should be directed to one’s medical provider and pharmacist.

More Latisse Information

  • FDA
  • Latisse Website

Last updated October 16, 2019. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.

What are the best places to buy  Latisse online?

Latisse (Bimatoprost) is a caring solution for eyes. Health problems of varying degrees are taking great toll on lives these days. Eye problems also play a big role. There are many eyes in the world undergoing pain due to glaucoma (a condition in which fluid accumulates in eye, one or both, and gradually the pressure keep increasing leading to gradual loss of vision). Eyelash fall is another major issue in the world of eye problems. One and only solution that expeditiously work towards treating both these eye disorders is Bimatoprost. It is a solution form prescribed medication for glaucoma and eyelash fall. Bimatoprost eye-drops works on glaucoma by reducing pressure inside eyes. The solution triggers eye fluid to flow out of eyes, therefore, saving eyes from fluid pressure. If eyelash fall is the problem, apply the solution on lashes and within some time eyelashes will grow healthy and thick. Use this drug under medical supervision only.

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Source: Latisse

What if I told you that with a prescription eyedrop and an applicator brush, your eyelashes could grow thicker, darker, and longer in a matter of weeks? Yes, this is actually possible with the help of a product called Latisse!

Latisse is used to treat an inadequate amount of eyelashes (i.e. hypotrichosis) and requires a prescription from a physician. In this article, I’ll review what you need to know about Latisse, including how it stacks up to over the counter lash serums!

Introducing Latisse (the ORIGINAL lash serum)

Approved by the FDA in 2008, after clinical studies were completed by 16 doctors nationwide, Latisse quickly gained popularity. The drug’s active ingredient is Bimatoprost, a prostaglandin analog used for the treatment of glaucoma. Prostaglandin analogs are a drug class designed to lower eye pressure.

These drugs have been widely used for the treatment of glaucoma in the United States since 1996, and have a favorable safety profile, although some side effects. Physicians and patients noticed that one side effect of the drop was eyelash growth.

It is not known exactly how they work, but researchers believe prostaglandin analogs increase the growth cycle phase of the eyelash hair. Once this was confirmed, Latisse was soon born.

RELATED: Here’s What You Need To Know About Glaucoma Eye Drops

What to expect when using Latisse

Those who use Latisse experience outstanding results! Clinical studies showed gradual lash growth over time, with some people beginning to see longer lashes as soon as 4 weeks, and full lash growth reported at 16 weeks.

Patients involved with the clinical studies found their eyelashes grew 25% longer. Furthermore, they had a whopping 106% increase in lash thickness and an 18% increase in lash darkness. Honestly, the before and after pictures from the studies are pretty remarkable. It is important to note that your eyelashes will return to their normal length several weeks or months after discontinuing Latisse.

How to apply Latisse

Latisse application takes place at night – once all makeup is removed, face cleansing and moisturizing are complete, and contact lenses are removed. Latisse comes with a dropper bottle and single-use applicator brushes. A drop is placed on the applicator brush and applied to the upper eyelid lash margin. The same process, with a different applicator brush, is repeated for the other eye. The applicator must be discarded after every single use.

Care should be taken not to get any excess Latisse in the eye, around the eye, or on the lower lid margin as this could result in unwanted side effects (more information below). Once Latisse is applied to the treatment area, tissue should be used to blot around the eyes to prevent this from happening. It is also important not to touch the tip of the bottle or the applicator brush to other objects, surfaces, or fingers as contamination can occur and lead to infection.

Side effects of Latisse

As with most medications, Latisse does have side effects. Below is a breakdown of each side effect from most common to least common.

1) Itching and redness

The most common side effects after using Latisse are itching and redness in the eyes. This is reversible and occurred in approximately 4% of patients in clinical studies.

2) Skin darkening

Fortunately, skin darkening has been reported to be reversible too. Care should be taken to wipe off excess solution on areas other than the upper lid margin. I find this is a common concern among my patients but it only occurred in 2.9% of patients involved in clinical studies.

3) Eye irritation, dryness of the eyes and skin, and inflammation along the eyelids

Patients with a history of blepharitis and dry eye syndrome may be more negatively affected. The active ingredient in Latisse can cause inflammation and the preservative in Latisse can lead to dry eye symptoms.

4) Brown darkening of the colored part of the eye

The last side effect reported was darkening of the iris. This is rare but likely permanent.

It is important to note that most patients tolerate Latisse well. With this in mind, if reactions occur, the prescribing provider should be contacted immediately. Patients who have had a history of inflammatory conditions, such as uveitis and macular edema, and patients being treated with a prostaglandin analog should use caution if considering using Latisse. Also, pregnant and nursing women should not use Latisse.

RELATED: Heterochromia: Having Two Different Colored Eyes

User testimonials

These testimonials, directly from the manufacturer’s website, are from real patients who have used Latisse. The company states that none of the photos are retouched and none of the patients have mascara on.

“My lashes have gotten thinner and more sparse. That’s why I asked my optometrist about Latisse, hoping that it would help my lashes grow. Now that my lashes are longer and darker, I’m doing more to draw attention to my eyes; I cut my hair and I’m even wearing my contacts more just to show them off.” – Cindy

Source: latisse.com

“Eyelash extensions ripped my lashes out. I went to my doctor, who prescribed Latisse. I’ve been using it ever since. My lashes are longer, darker, and definitely fuller. I absolutely love Latisse.” – Menica

Source: latisse.com

“Being a blonde, I’ve always had light brown lashes with some blonde ones mixed in, which, as you can imagine, just disappeared on my face. They didn’t even show up in photographs! But since I have been using Latisse, my lashes are noticeably darker than my previous shade, which is fantastic! Without a doubt, I have become a believer in Latisse!” – Jenny

Is Latisse right for you?

Pros

  • Lash growth backed by clinical studies and patient testimonials.
  • FDA approved product.
  • A prescription is required, which means while using this product patients are under direct supervision of a physician should any issues arise.

Cons

  • Potential side effects.
  • Cost (outlined below).
  • A prescription is required, which is inconvenient for some patients, especially if access to a doctor is difficult due to work, geographic location, or insurance coverage.

How much does Latisse cost?

Latisse costs approximately $120 for a one month supply. The product includes one dropper bottle and 30 pairs of applicators. Also, pricing may vary depending on the pharmacy and if you get a 30 day or 90 day supply.

Some insurance plans may cover the generic version of Latisse, and there are coupons available at select pharmacies that lower the cost to around $50 for the generic version if there is no insurance coverage. In some states, patients can purchase Latisse directly from their doctor’s office.

Many brands are creating over the counter lash serums to compete with Latisse. These can easily be purchased over the counter or online. Their ingredients vary widely (more on that below) as do their prices.

As of this review, popular over the counter lash serums include:

  • Rodan and Fields LashBoost – $150 for a 2 month supply
  • Revitalash Eyelash Conditioner – $100 for a 3 month supply
  • GrandeLash – $65 for a 3 month supply
  • Rapidlash – $50 for a 2 month supply

The ease of access to these products and overall lower cost is appealing to consumers, giving over the counter eyelash serums a viable market.

Latisse vs over the counter lash serums

It is important to note that Latisse is the first FDA approved eyelash growth serum with safety and success profiles AND known ingredients. Compare this to the multitude of over the counter products that claim to increase eyelash growth (many without any real data backing their claim) and this marketing can be confusing.

Having a prescription product like Latisse guarantees you are getting the same product each time, with known ingredients that have been studied. Although getting a prescription to use Latisse can be a hindrance for some, it is helpful to have a physician teach patients exactly how to use the product. This includes ensuring proper application techniques as well as help with any issues, side effects, or questions that may arise.

Safety concerns

As you can imagine, most over the counter lash serums have a wide range of ingredients, and the safety profile of these products are often unknown. Some contain Isopropyl Cloprostenate, a synthetic prostaglandin analog that is regulated by the FDA, like the active ingredient in Latisse. The FDA warned in 2011 that these products should undergo clinical studies to ensure safety since they are using an active ingredient that is considered a drug. Instead, some companies have made what the FDA considers false claims, saying their product is cosmetic and does not contain a drug. The controversy continues today between the FDA and these companies.

On the other hand, Latisse is an ophthalmic solution, so if it gets in your eye, it is not expected to cause harm. But what about the over the counter serums? Unfortunately, many people experience a hypersensitivity reaction to the wide range of ingredients and preservatives in the over the counter lash serums. It is also important to note that when purchasing these products online, you cannot ensure it is the real product or if it is expired. Unfortunately, there have been reports and reviews about fake lash serums being distributed on online platforms.

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Medical uses of Latisse

Aside from a beauty standpoint, Latisse has a place in optometry and ophthalmology practices. As always, it is important to check with your eye doctor or primary care doctor before beginning Latisse. With this in mind, the following eyelash problems can be medically managed using Latisse:

  • Thin and brittle lashes secondary to aging or false eyelashes
  • Lashes that are very light in coloration
  • Diseases that thin hair, such as a thyroid condition
  • Treatments that have caused hair loss, like chemotherapy

Furthermore, patient selection is important when prescribing Latisse. As previously mentioned, patients who are pregnant and nursing should avoid Latisse. Also, if a patient is already using a prostaglandin analog, Latisse may interfere with their treatment to lower eye pressure. Any patient who has a history of dryness or blepharitis should take careful consideration before starting Latisse since it can make matters worse.

Latisse and Rory

A prescription for Latisse is now available through the online women’s telehealth platform, Rory. The company was created to “open up a dialogue, and to give all women the education, tools, and support they need to be their own advocates in the healthcare system.”

Through a brief online visit, Rory has you provide their doctors with information on your symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle. If approved, you could have a Latisse prescription in no time!

My personal experience

In my experience prescribing Latisse to patients, most of them have had great results in terms of eyelash growth. A lot of them have mentioned experiencing minimal side effects, most commonly some irritation or dryness and occasionally eyelid skin pigmentation.

Upon careful analysis, I discovered the most common reason they experienced side effects is from not getting close enough to their upper lash line when applying Latisse. But this hasn’t deterred many of them from using the product, especially since they reported the side effects they experienced were reversible after taking a few days off from using Latisse and being more careful with application.

Things to consider

As a woman, finding out about a product that enhances eyelash growth is intriguing and exciting. Latisse is FDA approved, clinically studied, and used under the supervision of a physician.

As a consumer, I will admit the reported side effects of Latisse are little unnerving. Especially as a dry eye sufferer myself. But it’s comforting to know there is a low risk of side effects based on the results of the clinical studies, especially with the proper application technique. Also, it’s helpful to know what to look out for in case side effects do arise.

Personally, I would never use one of the over the counter lash serums due to their long list of ingredients, lack of FDA approval, and potential for unknown side effects. Keep in mind, this product is applied very close to your eye on a daily basis. In this case, saving money is not worth the potential problems that can occur.

Final thoughts

I will leave you with this. As eyecare providers, we regularly prescribe Bimatoprost, the active ingredient in Latisse, for many glaucoma patients. This drop is used inside of the patient’s eyes instead of on the eyelid. I would rather use a studied, ophthalmic drug as an eyelash growth serum than another product, plain and simple.

If Latisse is something that is appealing to you, hopefully after reading this review you have a better understanding of the product and can talk with your eye care provider to see if you’re a good candidate to begin using it.

What are your personal thoughts on Latisse? Leave your review in the comments below!

Latisse Review
Overall

4.4

  • Cost
  • Safety
  • Effectiveness
  • Convenience

Summary

Latisse is an FDA approved medication used to treat an inadequate amount of eyelashes (i.e. hypotrichosis) and requires a prescription from a physician. If you’re looking for a safe and effective way to improve your eyelash growth and appearance, I highly recommend giving Latisse a try!

Pros

  • Lash growth backed by clinical studies and patient testimonials
  • FDA approved product
  • A prescription is required, which means while using this product patients are under direct supervision of a physician should any issues arise

Cons

  • Potential side effects
  • Cost
  • A prescription is required, which is inconvenient for some patients, especially if access to a doctor is difficult due to work, geographic location, or insurance coverage

Sources:

The photo above courtesy of -Marcus- and freedigitalphotos.net.

I received compensation for this guest post, however my opinions are 100% my own.

Longer, more voluminous lashes can bring more attention to the eyes and make a woman feel more confident in her overall appearance. If you want long, thick lashes, then there are a number of solutions available to the average woman. With affordable, easily accessible solutions like fake eyelashes and mascara to choose from, is it really worth it to order Latisse?

What Is Latisse?

Latisse is a renowned eyelash growth serum that is designed to provide you with fuller, darker eyelashes. One of the benefits of this growth formula is that it offers lasting results. Fake eyelashes, mascara, and eyelash extensions offer a short-term solution, while the results of Latisse can be expected to continue for as long as you use Latisse. The application process is simple and you can generally wear it at night.

There are some slight risks associated with usage, such as itchy eyes, so make sure to discontinue use and speak to a doctor if you notice any unusual symptoms. Most people have no side effects and enjoy noticeable results in as little as four weeks.

Start Small

If you are still unsure that Latisse is right for you, purchase a one-month supply. This will allow you to try it out to see if it is something that you could easily incorporate into your routine and if the results are worth the cost. In order to get the most out of your investment, you may consider purchasing in bulk or using the same applicator for the top and bottom lashes to get more from your monthly supply. You can also ask your retailer about any specials or discounts to save more money on your regular shipments.

Order Online

You do not need a prescription to place an order. Many women prefer to order Latisse online for the most convenient option possible. Certain private retailers will even offer autoship options, so that you never run out of this powerful lash enhancer. You can also easily look up “Before and After” photos online to see if the solution can provide the types of results that you are looking for.

In Defense of Latisse

by Jasmine Moy

For years I’d said that if I could get any part of my body replaced that it would be my eyelashes, to which some people would respond, “You can get eyelash transplants?” (I used to make fun of those people but, OMG, you can actually get transplants! Gross.) I’m half-Chinese and I have (rather, I had) what I not-so-affectionately called, “stubby Asian lashes,” these short things that could barely be curled and required at least three coats of mascara to be seen at all. In short, if I’d known before now that eyelash transplants existed and if they weren’t totally creepy I’d have bought in. Though I’d never consider Botox, I’m not above spending money on aesthetic improvement. I bought myself braces when I got out of grad school and I also sprung for Lasik a few years back.

When eyelash extensions were all the rage, I tried them. I sat through an hour of some woman gluing longer lashes to my own. The fumes from the glue painfully burning my eyeballs while also, as it turns out, making your lashes so stiff that so much as lightly rubbing your eye will make you feel like needles are being poked into your eyelids. Also, they fall out extremely unevenly (they stay on your lash until the lash itself falls or the glue comes undone, either of which will happen in a couple weeks) so you’re left with crazy face after you lose half and are waiting for the rest to shed. When only a few remained on each eye, I pulled them off myself which is pretty much the worst thing someone who longs for longer lashes could do. The crazy face was THAT BAD.

So when Latisse came out, I wanted it. Nay, needed it. Not an early adapter, I wanted to wait until I’d met someone else who had tried it and approved first. I was in search of a guinea pig, but everyone I mentioned it to said the same thing, “It changes the color of your eyes! And turns your eyelids red!” or “How can you be SURE you won’t grow some kind of horrible deformed eyelash baby or other biological/physiological monstrosity that the scientists just haven’t figured out yet because it’s all so new???”* There was also that pesky detail of Latisse being prescription only which I assumed meant some kind of doctor visit and, inevitably, a sturdy fee.

Some light research yielded several revelations. First, about a thousand cosmetic surgery offices offer Latisse with just $100 and a signed fax saying that you’re aware of the side effects and that you don’t have any random medicine allergies. Second, those side effects? Not likely. As a lawyer, I’m familiar with the black box warning. In “Torts 101” you learn that because of lawyers/lawsuits most prospective side effects, no matter how small or uncommon, must be stated on labels and mentioned in speed-read postscripts to commercials. Lumigan, the medicine from which Latisse was derived, was an eye drop used for glaucoma. Side effects of Lumigan included a darkening of the iris. In Latisse trials this didn’t actually occur, but because some people are morons and will actually put this stuff in their eye instead of applying it like eyeliner, you’ve got to put the warning on the box.

I sent my fax and had my Latisse in hand in a week. Within a month people started noticing. “This is going to sound crazy, but I think I can already see it working,” my co-worker said. After two months my lashes were so long that they were nearly unmanageable. I had to comb them or they’d tangle, but they looked pretty, not crazy like this. I’d use a little clear mascara on the base just to keep them from getting unruly. At least once a week someone comments on how beautiful my eyelashes are. I thought the girl who cuts my hair was leaning in to see if my bangs were even. Instead she said, “You’re using Latisse, aren’t you? That stuff is amazing.” Occasionally one grows so long that I have to pull the rogue lash (trimming would leave a funny-looking blunt edge).

My hazel eyes are the same as always, but as for that other side-effect, the one with the darkening skin, I confess it has happened to me. The edge of my upper eyelid has a mauve-ish tint that goes away when I stop using the Latisse for a couple weeks (I don’t bring it when I travel and sometimes I just forget). Currently, I only use it a few times a week and the discoloration is something I can live with for a few reasons: I barely have an eyelid to speak of (and no real eye-crease) because of that Asian thing, when I use eyeshadow I use a darker shade that covers it up anyhow, and I have an olive tone to my skin and it’s not nearly as noticeable on me as it would be on someone with fairer skin. In short, it is a small price to pay.

As a good Virgo would, I’ve found a better and more effective way to use the Latisse than comes via the instructions.** They send these huge clumsy plastic cheap brushes that you’re supposed to use once and toss. It may be sterile, but they suck. I bought a small eyeliner brush and just make sure to wash it regularly. I use half the amount of medicine than recommended (and with great results). Instead of one drop per disposable applicator, I use one drop total that I put in the bottle’s lid, then dab at for both eyes. For those tough at math, that means that my bottle lasts twice as long. I got something like 6 months worth out of my first bottle.

But this is a commitment. If I ever stop using it, my Asian stubs will grow right back in as the long, luxurious ones fall out. There are those who might disapprove, something about how women should love the bodies they were born with blah blah blah, but my new lashes? I love them. They make me happy. And for that Latisse is worth every single penny. I rarely wear mascara anymore and have no need for eye makeup remover which are things I tell myself when I start doing the math to figure out how much it will cost to continue using it over the course of the rest of my life. Money: they say it can’t buy you love or happiness but I’m living proof that it can, at least, buy you longer lashes.

*Actual question from your editor, Edith Zimmerman.
**Um, legal disclaimer! I’m not responsible if something bad happens to you by following my example, etc.

Related: Who Are You, Latisse?

Jasmine Moy is a New York-based writer and occasional lawyer. She’s really good for restaurant recommendations, if you ever need them.

Best Mascaras for Short, Asian Lashes ∥ How To Grow Your Eyelashes

I always see other girls on Instagram with gorgeous, fluttery natural eyelashes. Then I look in the mirror and see my own short, Asian lashes. Sure, lash extensions and falsies can resolve this issue but they’re not for me. The repeated use of lash extensions results in broken and weak eyelashes, which further increases your usage of lash extensions. It’s an endless cycle. As for falsies, they’re uncomfortable and I can never put them on correctly. I also think they’re a bit extra for daily wear. Sure they look good in photos, but false lashes look super unnatural in person (my own opinion).

Since lash extensions and falsies are not viable options for me, I have perfected my own routine to achieve flawless lashes!

I love being Asian- we are known for our intelligence and we are forever youthful-looking. However, Asians are notorious for short, downward-angled eyelashes that refuse to stay curled. Can my Asian sisters attest to this?! I hope this post helps provide insight for you guys.

Growing Your Eyelashes

After my last set of eyelash extensions, my eyelashes were so short and sparse that I vowed never again. Prior to the extensions, my eyelashes were decently long. I struggled with the idea that I had ruined my eyelashes forever.

I’ve previously experimented with lash serums to no avail. So many products promise substantial lash growth without delivering these promises. Finally, my good friend introduced me to Latisse. Latisse is the only product that has given me real, tangible results. Healthy, long lashes are the best foundation for this mascara routine. I apply it on my lashline every night before sleeping. I began seeing results after a week. My eyelashes have never been this long before! It’s a bit pricey, but one bottle has lasted me for months.

*This post is not sponsored. Please do your own research on Latisse before purchasing.*

My perfected eyelash routine is comprised of three steps: curl, prime, apply.

Curl

While mascara is an important component in achieving perfect lashes, I think a reliable curler is equally as crucial. A high-quality curler is definitely worth the investment. I’ve experimented with those $2 curlers before- my eyelashes would start drooping within minutes. If a good curl is not achieved, no amount of mascara can save your lashes.

My favorite curlers:

Shu Uemura- I have been using this curler for the past five years. I don’t know how I ever curled my lashes without it. It’s absolutely life-changing. This is, by far, the best eyelash curler for Asian eyelashes. With a simple 5 second clamp, my eyelashes stay curled even if I don’t put on mascara.

Laura Mercier- Prior to discovering my Shu Uemura curler, my weapon of choice was this compact curler. It’s mini size allowed me to apply extra force when curling my lashes. The only downside is that sometimes my lashes would become too curled (if that makes any sense).

Kevyn Aucoin- I personally have never tried this one, but I’ve heard good things about it from my Asian girlfriends.

Prime

I think many of us assume that applying more and more layers of mascara, our eyelashes will begin to look fuller. By adding extra coats of mascara, your eyelashes begin to clump and look like spider legs. Priming my lashes is how I achieve a separated-yet-lush eyelash look.

Majolica Majorca Lash Bone- I swear by this primer. The product has little black fibers that help extend your eyelashes and create fullness. There is also an alternative version of this product with a different applicator.

Kate Lash Maximizer Base- Like the first option, this primer is also a Japanese product. The result is the same as Majolica Majorca, but it has a curved applicator (see photo below).

Diorshow Maximizer 3D Triple Volume Plumping Lash Primer- The name of this mascara is sure a mouthful. Out of my three favorite primers, this Dior one is the only one without black fibers. However, it does make each individual lash look more volumunious. This is also the only product you can double as an eyelash treatment while you sleep.

Mascara

There are several questions I ask myself when choosing a mascara. Does it hold curl? Is it smudge-proof and water-proof? Does it elongate my eyelashes?

Majolica Majorca Lash Expander- This is my holy grail of mascaras. I always stock up on it when I visit Japan because it’s just that good. It holds my curl all day, it doesnt smudge, it’s waterproof, and it makes my lashes look so long. In fact, it’s so smudgeproof/waterproof that I have to put makeup oil on my eyelashes for a few minutes before washing it off. This stuff will not budge, even if you are dunked in a pool (I’ve tried).

Revitalash Volumizing Mascara- If Latisse is out of your price range but you still want to grow your lashes, Revitalash is a great alternative. The product is clump-free and creates a very natural look. The special formula also promotes lash growth when you use it!

Maybelline Total Temptations Mascara- On the rare occasion that I apply mascara to my bottom lashes, this is my go-to product. I definitely think it works better than everyone’s favorite Better Than Sex mascara from Too Faced. The downside is that it isn’t waterproof, at all.

Chanel Inimitabl Mascara- I’ve personally never tried this before, but my friend has raved about it! She said it’s the best she’s ever used. I plan on purchasing it myself and I’ll update this post when I do.

Before and after latisse

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