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Why Can't I Apply Latisse to Lower Lid or Eyebrows?

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Some may be good candidates for other uses of Latisse, others may not!

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Latisse is bimatoprost, that is the same medication as the glaucoma drop, Lumigan that is formulated to lower the intraocular pressure. For many years, ophthalmologists have seen patients using Lumigan produce darker, thicker lashes. This is the basis of Allergan's repackaging of the same drug into Latisse.

So, Latisse will most certainly work to thicken and darken the eyebrow and and lower eyelid lashes.

However the caveat is that the skin will also become slightly red and have increased pigmenation in these areas as well. If you look at the photos on the Latisse website, you can see this increased redness and pigmentation. However, some may like this look, as it may simulate the look of eyeliner.

The next caveat to using Latisse off-label on the lower eyelid is that when Latisse gets onto the ocular surface (which occurs more easily with application to the lower eyelid), several things can happen. First, the eye pressure can be lower. This effect is harmless in virtually all patients. Secondly, and more importantly, the drug can actually enter into the eye and increase the pigmentation of the iris. A person with light brown eyes can darken to dark brow. At most risk would be patients with blue or green eyes, who might darken to a hazel color. Finally, patients who have ocular surface disease or are conteplating eye surgery such as cataract surgery or LASIK may actually increase their risk of complications if they have Latisse entering the eye.

The bottom line is that the off-label uses can be powerful, beautiful results, but check with your experienced provider first to clarify if you would be a good candidate or a more risky candidate for these other less desireable side effects.


Austin Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

Using Latisse Elsewhere

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Thanks for the question -

I would caution people a bit about using Latisse in off label applications. Specifically, the lower lashes get some of the medication when you close your eyes (the reason Allergan recommends using it at night). Placing medication on both lashes is likely to increase the dosage of the medication you're getting.

Dosage studies conducted by Allergan show that increasing the dosage or frequency of application does not change how quickly your lashes come in. What it does do is increase potential side effects (most commonly eye irritiation which can be serious).

Remember that Latisse is a drug, not a cosmetic. Becareful about using it in non-approved ways.

I hope this helps.

Steven H. Williams, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

You can apply Latisse on your lower lid or brows

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Latisse has been tested by Allergan to work on the eyelashes only. However, you will most likely get the same effect on lower eye lid and eyebrows.

When you blink or close you eyes after the solution have been applied at the base of lashes some of it will transfer to the lower lid as well. You will also run out of the product faster if you're using it in on more than one area.

Gregory Turowski, MD, PhD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Off label usage of Latisse has been working

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Latisse is indicated and FDA-approved for the eyelashes on the upper eyelids. However, many people have been using it "off-label" on the eyebrows with some results. Just note that once you stop using the product, the results will eventually stop as well.

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It's okay to apply Latisse on lower eyelashes and brows

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We’ve had patients that have applied to the lower eyelashes and/or eyebrows. Latisse has only been FDA approved for the upper eyelashes and when you apply the correct way, some of the product is transferred to your lower eyelashes. The patients that have applied to the eyebrows have seen varied results.

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Latisse for eyelids and brows

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I have patients who have tried Latisse for their eyebrows and have seen no results. It is likely that these hairs are more difficult to stimulate then the hairs on your eyelids.

As for use on the lower lids the main risk is increased pigmentation and erythema in the areas of application which could be more visible on the lower eyelid. Most patients feel that the redness and pigmentation that may occur on the upper lids is advantageous as it simulates a eyeliner.

If the product is applied as directed at night and the patient goes to sleep and closes their eyes, it is very likely that some of the product will make contact with the lower lashes as well so you may see a benefit on the lower lashes despite no direct application.

Some of my patients have used it on the lower eyelashes and are seeing results however remember this is an off label indication and is not the intended use of this medication

Shawn Allen, MD
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Upper lash application does help the lower lashes

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Latisse is approved for use on the upper lashes, with the understanding that gravity and blinking promotes the distribution of the solution to the lower lashes. Application to the lower lashes is not recommeded as there is too much risk of corneal damage/abrasion and infection that can occur during the application process (brush getting in your eyeball). Sticking to the upper lash application does help the lower lashes too- so doing it this way minimizes your risks and gives the best benefits.

Purvisha Patel, MD
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Latisse for lower eyelashes

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It is recommended for the upper lash line only because there is some transference of the product to the lower lash line, every time you blink. This allows one bottle to last longer. It also reduces the risk of undesirable side effects when limiting usage, particularly dryness and itchiness.

Latisse is only FDA approved for the eyelashes, however there are reports that it can achieve an improvement for brows as well.

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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It's about FDA approval of Latisse

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There’s a longer explanation possible here, but the short version is this: the FDA has only approved LATISSE® to be marketed for use in the upper lashes. That being said, I am sure that some patients (and some doctors) have experimented with "off-label" uses of LATISSE® like thickening the eyebrows or lower lashes. Some of them have probably seen positive effects, too. That being said, though, it’s important to understand that LATISSE® has only been studied and approved by the results of clinical trials for use on the upper lashes, and there’s little information about the effects of using it elsewhere.

Joseph J. Castellano, MD
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Latisse to the lower lashes

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Most that use Latisse as directed to the upper lashes find that they have as much of an increase to their lower lashes as desired.  Some of the medication drips down to cause the growth.  If the lower lashes become too long, they tend to curl towards the surface of the eye.  Those with substantial loss of lower lashes can try Latisse in an attempt.  If will work for many, but has not been tested for that use.  Use on the eyebrows also helps some.  There is little harm in trying it, recognizing that you can always stop.

Mark Golden, MD
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