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Grow Thicker, Longer Lashes

Eyes are one of the first things we notice about people. While some women are lucky to have full, thick, beautiful eyelashes that naturally frame and define the eyes, most women depend on a variety of cosmetics — eyeshadow, eyeliner, and mascara — to enhance the appearance of their eyes. As women get older, the lashes and eyebrows tend to become thinner and lose some of their color, which can cause the face to look washed out and less youthful.

There is an alternative to messy mascara or false eyelashes. Bimatoprost ophthalmic solution, marketed under the brand name of Latisse, is an FDA-approved product that can increase the length, thickness, and darkness of your own eyelashes. Bimatoprost is also marketed under the brand name Lumigan, which is used in prescription eyedrops to treat glaucoma. Eyelash growth was an unexpected side effect of Lumigan, which is what led to the creation and marketing of Latisse.


Following are some of the questions people have about Latisse.

Does Latisse work?

Absolutely, yes! Your lashes will grow longer, become darker, and increase in fullness. However, it must be used every day and takes 8 to 12 weeks to get the full results. When you stop using Latisse, lashes will return to their original appearance.

How much does it cost?

Latisse is about $120 for a one-month supply, which breaks down to about four dollars per day. However, many users have been able to make the supply last several extra weeks by using their own tiny eyeliner brush instead of the brush included with the prescription. Once lashes have grown, you may be able to use it every other day for maintenance.

Does Latisse work for eyebrows?

Latisse can most definitely be used to fill in sparse eyebrows. Since eyebrow hairs may grow longer, you may need to trim them more often.

Is Latisse safe?

As long as you have healthy eyes, Latisse has been proven to be extremely safe when used as directed. It is a prescription medication, so you want to be sure to talk to your doctor who will look at your medical history, perform a brief exam, and make sure you know the proper way to use it.

Are there side-effects?

Some people have experienced minor itchiness, lid irritation, reddening of the skin where it is applied, and dry eyes. If these side effects are bothersome, they will go away when you stop using the product.

Can Latisse change the color of my eyes?

This is one subject that is often misunderstood. Remember that Latisse was developed from a prescription drug to treat glaucoma. 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 one-percent incidence of darkening of the iris, especially for patients with hazel or light brown eyes. Latisse is applied only on the lash line, not in the eye, so the risk of Latisse changing your eye color is extremely rare. That being said, if the small possibility of permanent darkening of your eye color would bother you, then you may decide that it’s not for you.

Where can I get Latisse?

You should only get Latisse from your doctor. Although you can find Latisse and “generic Latisse” online, you can’t always be sure of what you are getting. The product may not work or may be unsafe. It’s important that your doctor prescribes this for you to avoid any problems or complications. There are many over-the-counter eyelash serum products that claim to increase the length, fullness, and darkness of lashes. These products contain various combinations of peptides, vitamins, moisturizing agents, and natural extracts that may help improve the looks of your lashes, but won’t give nearly the results that you get from Latisse.

If you’d like to have long, thick, dark eyelashes in time for the holidays, see your dermatologist and find out if Latisse is right for you.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact the Dermatology and Mohs Surgery Institute at 309-451-DERM(3376), or visit dermatologistbloomington.com. Dr. Leone and Dr. Schupbach are board-certified dermatologists, specializing in medical and cosmetic dermatology, including the treatment of skin cancer, moles, acne, rashes, warts, and all skin disorders. Dr. Leone is one of the few Mohs-trained surgeons in the area. Their practice is located at 3024 E. Empire St., 2nd Floor, in the Advocate BroMenn Outpatient Center.


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