Latisse Made Eyelashes Shorter

i used latisse for 1 year and 3 months. and poof!!! my lashes were shorter than they were when i started. totally broke off. was wondering if i laied off latisse for awhile, will it work again later? just wondering, i really dont want to take the chance again.

Doctor Answers 6

Did Latisse Shorten Eyelashes?

As the panel members unanimously agreed, the breakage/shortening of your lashes is most likely unrelated to your prolonged use of Latisse.  Although anything is possible, it is highly unlikely.

As also suggested, you may want to consider other contributing factors such as curling of the lashes either with a hand held device or, as has become more popular recently, perming of the lashes.

If you are noticing changes elsewhere (hair loss, brittle hair, etc.) you should seek an evaluation by your primary physician.

Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Latisse should not make your eyelashes shorter

Latisse should not make your eyelashes shorter. Latisse works by putting more lashes in the growth phase making them longer, thicker, and darker. If you feel Latisse made your eye lashes shorter, it would be very unusual and I would report it to the company. You should stop using the product. Eyelashes always go back to normal after the Latisse is stopped, but it can take up to 6 months to completely reverse the effects. Usually within a month you will start to notice the eye lashes going back to their normal length. Shorter eyelashes are often a result of clipping or inadvertently breaking the eye lashes or manipulating them while you are sleeping. That may be happening.

Joseph A. Eviatar, MD, FACS
New York Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 66 reviews

Very unusual - never seen that

Latisse is the only FDA-approved medication to grow lashes.It is very unusual to make lashes shorter.There are possible side effects, such as darkenig of the eyelid skin, or irritation, but the oppossite effect of the medication is not listed as one.I would recommend to give it more time to work and apply it regurally every night for at least 4-6 weeks. If that does not work for youy please discuss other options with your physician

Gregory Turowski, MD, PhD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 58 reviews

Latisse works great for eyelashes

The symptom you describe is unusual and suggests alternative causes. Regardless I would suggest you hold off on further treatment until you discuss with your dermatologist.

Steven Hacker, MD
West Palm Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

Latisse does not cause eyelash breakage

Latisse actually makes the lashes grow longer and thicker.  Normally breakage of any type of hair, eyelashes included, is due to mechanical trauma.

Mechanical trauma to the eyelashes can come from rubbing your eyes and from eyelash curlers.

Latisse can cause a small amount of skin irritation where it is applied.  Is it possible that you are rubbing your eyes?

Emily Altman, MD
Short Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

Broken Eyelashes from Latisse

That's certainly a very unusual side effect (if it is from Latisse) and one that I have not heard of before. Are you using eyelash curlers or doing anything else that could cause the lashes to break? If not, and since you don't want to take the chance again, there is no reason to try Latisse again in the future.

Mitchell Schwartz, MD
South Burlington Dermatologic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

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