My LATISSE (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.03% journey started when it was first launched, all the way back in 2008 when the drug received FDA clearance. Rarely does anything work as predictably and fast as Latisse did for me! I was beyond thrilled. But the challenge was that my eyes were definitely a little more sensitive from regular use, so I ultimately had to taper off.
According to the studies, Latisse lengthens, thickens and darkens eyelashes and it does so predictably. Like the hair on your head, lashes tend to sprout, grow for a while and then eventually fall out. Latisse extends the growth phase and increases the number of hairs that sprout. Latisse promotes thicker lashes while simultaneously conditioning them to allow for more healthy new lashes to sprout.
Oculoplastic surgeon Steven Fagien in Boca Raton, FL had this to say, “The drug is extremely effective for both lash and eyebrow growth. While most people think that the drug is for “longer lashes,” it actually makes lashes (and brow hairs) thicker and darker too. The concern of color change of the iris that has been an obstacle for some people to start, has been taken out of reality context. Used correctly, the chance of this occurring is nearly “zero” and blue eyes will never turn brown.”
“You can minimize side effects and economize on drug usage once your lashes are at the desired “length.” So rather than using it once each day, you can actually cut back to 2-3 times per week to maintain beautifully long lashes. This varies from patient to patient, and some require using the drug more times per week to maintain their optimal results than others,” he continues.
That was exactly my experience.
Here’s how it works
Latisse is applied by gently dabbing it on the upper lash line with a brush. You do not need much and one 5 ml vial can last from 1 month for daily use, to 2 or 3 months, depending on how often you use it. A supply of 40 individually wrapped single use brushes are in the box with the product. These are plastic and remind me of a paintbrush you might find in a pre-school classroom. In my experience, I could not control the placement of Latisse sufficiently with that brush, so I had to substitute it with a super fine eye liner brush, which works much better (at least for me). You are instructed not to re-use the brushes supplied because they can spread bacteria. So, if you are going to use your own brush, it is advisable to speak to your prescribing doctor before doing so. I wash off my own brush carefully between applications and have not had any problem, but still, this goes against the specific instructions supplied.
If you are not careful, the drug can spread to your lower lash line when you blink, which may not be what you are going for. It is not recommended for use on the lower lashes, although it works perfectly well there too in my experience. Before you apply, make sure that your face is clean and all traces of makeup are removed. Doctors may also advise you to remove contact lenses. I am very careful not to get any Latisse on my lower eyelid skin to avoid pigmentation changes by using a tissue or cotton pad under the lashes when I apply the drug for any unforeseen drips.
Latisse is also useful for better brows, but if you have previously destroyed those precious follicles, it may not help new brow hairs grow. Still, the same rules apply in terms of usage, and a few times per week may be sufficient. To be sure, ask your prescribing physician for clarification on what Latisse can do for your personal brow goals. Warning: Your brows may sprout so well that you will need to trim them with a scissor!
So I have found that using Latisse about 3 times per week is ideal for me, and even if I miss an application, I can still maintain the results satisfactorily. In terms of the price point, at the rate of using it about a dozen times per month rather than the recommended 30ish doses, it is well worth the effects I can achieve. For example, lash extensions can range from $120 – $150 per application (depending on the number of lashes used and whether they are synthetic, silk or mink) and last about three weeks. Latisse costs about $176 retail per 5 ml which can last (for me at least) about ten weeks. You do the math.
NOTE: Beware of ordering Latisse online from unknown vendors or pharmacies in other countries. To stay safe, visit the official site of Allergan, the manufacturer of Latisse – BrilliantDistinctions.com