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23 Doctor Answers | Asked by Georgia01 in chicago
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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...
It is always best to stick with the recommendations of the company when using a product like Latisse. Many of our patients see an increase in fullness on both the upper and lower lashes from using Latisse properly at night. Some of the product will naturally rub onto the lower lashes and help stimulate their growth as well. Talk to your doctor to gain his/her recommendations if you are considering off-label use.
Once again Latisse is FDA approved for Upper eyelashes only. We have had patience who have tried on lower lashes and brows and have had some success. The results vary from client to client. Be aware that when applying the medication on the upper eyelash that some of the medication may transfer to the bottom, when you blink or close your eyes. Thus allowing some growth to occur on the lower eyelashes. As long as there is an active hair follicle there will be some growth. How much growth we...