Tired of applying coat after coat of mascara to make your lashes look longer and thicker? There may be a better option. What if you could get your own lashes to grow as long as you want? It’s possible!
There are plenty of OTC tubes that promise a boost in length, but there’s likely one prescription all your friends are talking about, and it goes by the name of Latisse.
What is Latisse?
Latisse, scientifically known as bimatoprost 0.03%, is actually a version of a glaucoma medication in eye drop form called bimatoprost (brand name Lumigan, manufacturer Allergan, Inc.), in use since FDA approval in 2001.
During that period, eye doctors and their glaucoma patients noticed the hair growth side effect. Since then, it led to the creation and marketing of Latisse. FDA approved it to treat eyelash hypotrichosis (not enough eyelashes) in December 2008.
How Long Does It Take Before You Start Seeing Results with Latisse?
Almost everyone who tries it notices an increase in length and sometimes an increase in thickness and darkness. But Latisse users typically start to see longer lashes in about eight weeks, with full growth at 16 weeks.
Should you cease using Latisse, the results will be lost and eventually your lashes will return to the way they looked before you began using Latisse.
Study participants experienced these results after 16 weeks:
- Eyelash length increased by 25%
- Thickness and fullness increased by 106%
- Eyelash darkness increased by 18%
What is the best way to apply it to make it last longer?
Easy. Every night simply uses the sterile applicator to place the solution across your upper lash line. According to the manufacturer, for eyelash growth, you should never apply it in your eye or onto your lower lid.
Before you apply, your face must be clean, and your makeup and contact lenses removed. Always discard each applicator after one use. Re-using applicators, even just once the next evening, can cause serious problems, such as an eye infection or allergic reaction.
Here are the special instructions from cosmetic-eyes.com.
- The brush
that comes with the Latisse is not ideal because it is a bit too thick. There
are two choices for you:
- Buy a good lip liner or eye liner brush at the drug store and use that (just keep it clean)
- Carefully cut about 75% of the bristles off of the brush that comes with the Latisse, to make it thinner.
- You can
get your bottle of Latisse to last much longer if you get the most out of each
drop. The way you do that is to use just one drop each day. Here is how to do
- Place one drop in the cap of the bottle
- dip the brush in the cap and apply to one upper eyelid
- dip the brush in the cap again into the cap and apply to the second upper lid.
Does Latisse have any side effects?
Latisse has a very low occurrence of possible side effects, but there are a few to be aware of. Common side effects include itchy eyes or eye redness. Only 4% of the patients in the study reported these side effects.
In general, as long as you have healthy eyes (i.e., no glaucoma or infections), Latisse should be safe to use. 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.
Where to buy Latisse?
It’s not a cosmetic like mascara: Latisse is a medication, and you do need a prescription for it from your doctor. However, you can use mascara over it.
Be aware that not every doctor will be familiar with Latisse. However, eye doctors, cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists are specialists who are more likely to know about the medication’s availability.
There are plenty of Canadian International Pharmacy Association (CIPA) certified online pharmacies such as Canada Online Health that can provide safety and affordable medications from trusted sources around the world.
Each CIPA pharmacy member is licensed and regulated by the government for safety. CIPA sells prescription medications made by the leading name-brand manufacturers at prices up to 80 percent less than U.S.
Is there a generic product for Latisse?
Yes. The generic version of Latisse has been approved by the FDA. These products are equivalent to Latisse. Examples include: Careprost (0.03% bimatoprost).
However, some generic products do not come with the applicator to apply on eyelashes. Don’t worry though, using a sterile Q-tip will work or you can buy the disposable eyeliner brush applicators from amazon, you can get a 100 pack for just $10.