If you have ever not felt confident with your eyelashes before, don’t worry. Other people
were there. If your eyelashes are distributed unevenly, you have too few of them, and they keep falling out; Latisse may be for you.
This FDA-approved drug can help your eyelashes grow and thicken. It can even make them darker if you suffer from discoloration problems. So if you’ve tried about everything in the market and feel like your eyelashes are doomed, why not give this treatment a try?
Of course, there are many products out there that are full of promises and supposed miracles. So you might wonder, in all fairness, does Latisse really work? And can you see the differences between the before and after? Well, this extensive guide will talk you through everything you need to know about Latisse. So you can make an informed decision.
Here’s an initial Q&A for you so you can be informed about what Latisse is, what the benefits and risks are. This way, you can already get an idea if this treatment could be for you or not.
What Is Latisse Exactly?
As mentioned above, Latisse is an FDA-approved treatment (Food And Drug Administration). But what does it do exactly? Well, it can help darken your eyelashes, grow them, and thicken them. So whether your eyelashes are thinner because of a chronic or periodic condition, consider using Latisse.
Since it’s technically a drug, you should know that you have to get a prescription from your doctor to get it. If you have troubles with your vision, you should also contact your ophthalmologist and ask if Latisse would be appropriate for you. So let’s get into some more details about this product. Allergan, a global pharmaceutical company, manufactures it.
Does Latisse Really Work?
Yes, Latisse really does work. Bimatoprost is an active ingredient of Latisse that was first supposed to treat ocular hypertension and glaucoma. This active ingredient can be found naturally in your body, as it’s similar to prostaglandins.
And it’s used in Latisse to darken, thicken or treat uneven eyelashes. That’s because, during clinical trials, patients had their eyelashes darken, grow thicker and longer. So the FDA approved Latisse as a topical cosmetic solution for eyelashes.
Ok, there was a lot of scientific, technical vocab in that explanation, but basically, it works. The effects kind of happened and were noticed by mistake. And then, another clinical trial showed that this active ingredient does help eyelashes. So the FDA approved it.
The bottom line is that Latisse really does work. And if you don’t believe me, you can check the studies for yourself. You can also look at clinical trials as well as the before and after pictures of customers.
So How Does Latisse Work Exactly?
Sometimes in life, you lose hair. It can be because of a chronic condition, like cancer, for example. Or it can be something more occasional, like intense stress periods or because of weight loss. And eyelashes can count as hair, and you can lose them too, and they can thin out or even discolor.
Latisse is designed to help you fix these eyelashes problems. This has many phases to help you achieve your eyelash goals. So for the first to the second month of your Latisse use, your lashes will grow. That’s the active growth period, the anagen phase. This will make your eyelashes thicker, longer, healthier, and overall less fragile.
The longer this phase lasts, the thicker, longer, and fuller your eyelashes will be. Latisse helps each eyelash by lengthening the anagen phase. This also helps increase the number of eyelashes. Latisse also claims to augment the size of the root of the eyelashes. It also is supposed to create stimulation for the production of pigments, so your eyelashes get darker.
How Do You Use Latisse?
Great, now you also know how Latisse also works. So the next step is to know how to use the product. Your local doctor, pharmacist, or even the box it’s sold in can give you further instructions. And if you have any doubts, don’t hesitate to contact the manufacturer. If not done right, it won’t work.
So to use it properly, you should use Latisse every night, only once. If you wear contact lenses or makeup, remove them before you use the product. Also, make sure to clean your face with a gentle facial cleanser, to make sure your skin is clean and that there’s no makeup residue.
Then, grab a single applicator from the Latisse package, and whatever you do, don’t touch the tip. Otherwise, you’ll need a new one. Hold your applicator horizontally, and then squeeze one drop of the product on the brush part of your applicator.
To apply Latisse, draw your single applicator across the margin of your upper lid. If you have any doubts about the application, there are videos online that demonstrate how to use the product properly. There are also further explanations and videos on Latisse’s website. Start from the inner part and slowly work your way to the outer part.
Be very careful not to apply the product in your eye or on your lower lid. Also, make sure to remove the excess with a tissue. When you’re done with the first eye, discard the applicator and get a new one for your other eye. Just follow the previous steps again. And it’s that easy!
Who Shouldn’t Use Latisse?
Some people aren’t advised to use Latisse. For example, if you’re currently pregnant or breastfeeding, avoid this product. It’s not too clear if it’s dangerous, but the FDA did find some side effects for pregnant animals studies.
More research needs to be done. So it’s best to avoid the use of Latisse if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. Also, if you have any allergies to the ingredients in Latisse, don’t use the product. Same if you have glaucoma. It’s best to avoid Latisse as there might be side effects.
But your doctor will tell you if Latisse is adapted for you or not, as they are the ones that can prescribe it to you.
How Long Before You Can See The Before And After Differences?
Usually, Latisse takes about 16 weeks to work. But you can often see results after only four weeks of continued use. But you’ll only be able to see a difference and notice true results after 16 weeks.
You shouldn’t discontinue use even if you see differences after four or eight weeks. You should continue to use the product for 16 weeks exactly. This way, your eyelashes will be more resistant, be longer, and fuller.
After the 16 weeks are over, you should talk to your doctor to discuss your results. They might advise you to continue to use Latisse for a few weeks more, only a couple of times a week. The results will change according to each person, so you can talk to a professional to know if 16 weeks are enough for you or if you need more than that.
Can You See The Before And After Differences?
You can definitely see the before and after differences! Especially if you stick to the daily use of the product, every night, for at least 16 weeks. Just look at clinical studies, pictures, or testimonies. It’s a product that works, but the side effects might not be worth it for you.
If you go on the website for Latisse, you can see pictures of before and after results. You can also zoom in and see the results. You can even compare the results from different weeks.
Talk to your doctor about what the best option for your eyelashes are, for your specific needs and wants. If your doctor thinks Latisse would suit you after assessing your general health, they will write you a prescription.
Do You Get Permanent Results With Latisse?
Now that you know a lot more about Latisse, you might wonder if the results are permanent. And, unfortunately, they are not. The growth phase, as mentioned previously, only happens when you apply the product to the eyelash. So when you discontinue the use of Latisse, eventually, your lashes will return to their original state.
Of course, your eyelashes only go to their original state a few months after you stop the treatment. Otherwise, it would be pointless. For example, if you use Latisse for four months straight every night, the improvements of your eyelashes might last up to a year.
So talk to your doctor about how long you should use Latisse if you need to use it longer than the stated 16 weeks. Also, if you want to stop your use of Latisse, do it gradually and don’t stop at once. This way, the results will stick more.
How Much Does Latisse Cost?
The cost of Latisse will depend on where you live. But in the US, a one-month supply costs around $120. That’s if you purchase the 3ml bottles with 30 pairs of applicators. So two per day, once a night, for each eye. If you want the one-month supply of 5 ml bottles, it will be around $180.
But look out for discounts, and your doctor can also advise you on where you can buy it for the cheapest. In some places, you can get a 2-month supply for $120. Just make sure it’s licensed.
Before And After Differences
Latisse works as said before. Even Brooke Shields, the famous actress, used the Latisse treatment. Just remember that the outcome will look different for every person. But you can be sure of one thing: Latisse will make your eyelashes better.
Sure, sometimes the results won’t be as dramatic as those of Brooke Shields, but there will be some improvement. And that’s what matters at the end of the day. Plus, it’s nothing a coat of mascara can’t fix.
There are a lot of clinical trials, photos, and testimonies out there. So it’s important you do your research if you want to try Latisse. Results may change from person to person. But as the photos and clinical trials prove, there are results.
Latisse Side Effects
Latisse is usually pretty safe to use, as it is regulated by the FDA. But, like any medication, it can come with some side effects. If any of the side effects are serious or you’re just concerned, you can talk to your doctor immediately. He or she will hopefully be able to advise you on if you should continue to take Latisse and what alternatives could be better.
So here below are all the side effects you should be aware of if you would like to use Latisse:
- Eye redness
These side effects above are really rare, and only a small percentage (4%) experienced these in clinical trials for Bimatoprost. There are also other side effects, even rarer, that can happen like dry eyes, darkening of the eyelid skin or the iris, and allergic reactions. Or there can also be involuntary hair growth. But these have a very small chance of happening.
Also, some people say that Latisse can change your eye color. Sure, that’s very worrisome and can happen, but it’s very rare. If you apply the product well, there shouldn’t be a problem. But if you have lighter eyes, blue or green, you can talk to your doctor and ask for their opinion.
Another very rare side effect is PAP (prostaglandin-associated periorbitopathy). Yes, it’s a mouthful. It’s a mix of symptoms that include sunken eyes, fat loss around the eyes, or even laxity. But this usually happens with Bimatropost glaucoma eye drops, and you can stop the side effect by discontinuing the use of Latisse. If you’re worried, talk to your doctor.
Latisse really works, and the before and after differences are there. The results will depend on each person, but it works. And if you don’t mind the possible side effects, go for it!