Are There Good Latisse Results for African Americans ?

I wanted Latisse for thin eye lashes but was quickly suggested not to get it due to the hyperpigmentation of the eye. I wasn't sure exactly what part would get Dark.. Could this be prevented with the correct tool ?

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There are good Latisse results in African Americans

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Yes there are good Latisse results in African Americans. The Allergan studies show good results for African Americans.

New York Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 68 reviews

Latisse does work on African Americans

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First of all, Latisse is very effective on African Americans- I have a number of patients who love it.  Some people do get hyperpigmentation of the eyelid skin along the lash line where Latisse is applied-this does not appear to be race specific.  The active ingredient in Latisse is bimatoprost, the same as in the glaucoma medicine Lumigan.  There are reports that in people with green eyes who used Lumigan, which is placed directly in the eye, that their eyes turned brown.  This should not be a concern for people with darker brown eyes and has not been reported with Latisse.

Dina D. Strachan, MD
New York Dermatologist

Skin Darkening with Latisse

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Latisse is derived from a glaucoma drop that works very well for reducing eye pressure in glaucoma and it was a noted side effect that these patients grew very long lashes.  In fact, it was a good a measure that they were actually taking their drops!  Latisse will work to grow your lashes, however, I have seen increased skin pigmentation in Africa-Americans when using the glaucoma version of this medication.  Careful application of Latisse along the upper lash line will minimize any apparent pigmentation.  If you do note unwanted increased pigmentation, you can discontinue Latisse and your skin color will normalize in a few months.

Michelle Crosby, MD, PhD
Encinitas Ophthalmologist

Safety of Latisse in African Americans

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The is no increased risk of Latisse use in African AmericansLatisse is safe and effective in all races and skin types.  I believe you may be confused regarding pigmentation.  If a blue eyed patient repeatedly gets the medicine in the eye and not on the eyelash, it can stimulate the pigment in the iris to darken to green or brown.  Follow the instructions on the package to avoid this potential side effect. 

Vincent D. Lepore, MD
San Jose Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 63 reviews

Latisse in darker skin patients

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Latisse is considered both safe and effective in all skin types, not just Caucasian skin. A consultation with your physician is important to discuss potential side effects, though they tend to be quite uncommon with Latisse.

Benjamin Barankin, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologic Surgeon

Latisse for African Americans?

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Hi Katgirl.  There is no reason why, as an African American, that you would not expect good results from latisse.  In addition, while Latisse has been known to darken the iris in rare cases, this would likely not affect you because your eyes are already very dark.

If you want longer lashes, there is no reason you should not try this product.

Harold J. Kaplan, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 7 reviews


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This type of procedure is perfectly safe for all type of skin colors. Your doctor can assure you that it is safe.

Sanusi Umar, MD
Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Latisse and eye darkening

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Latisse is a skin application of the medication bimatoprost ophthalmic solution that is used to treat glaucoma.  Iris darkening is a potentially permanent side effect of putting bimatoprost into the eye.

No cases of iris darkening were seen in clinical studies before Latisse was released into the market, but the company still carries a warning that it is a potential side effect.

Latisse is not designed to be applied into the eye.  It is applied in a thin line to just above the lashes on the upper eyelid.  Any drops remaining need to be blotted up.  The chances of Latisse making the iris darker are exceedingly small.

Emily Altman, MD
Short Hills Dermatologic Surgeon

Latisse is safe and effective on all skin types.

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Latisse is safe for all skin types. Some patients may see a darkening of the skin right along the lash line. Latisse is a great way to get fuller and longer lashes!

Phillip Chang, MD
Leesburg Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

Safety of Latisse for African Americans

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Latisse has been found to be perfectly safe for all skin colors. There is no evidence to suggest that Latisse will change your eye color. Over two million prescriptions for Latisse have been filled with no confirmed reports of iris pigmentation issues. 

Mitchell Schwartz, MD
South Burlington Dermatologic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

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