Is Latisse my best option for eyelash growth?

Long story short - I am a 21 year old female. I had a woman give me eyesash extensions. She applied too much adhesive, which caused the eyelash extensions to be too heavy on my real lashes. As a result, my real eyelashes fell out. I literally had a bald spot it was so bad. It's been a nightmare! It's been six months, and I've seen very little growth. They are still very short. What are my best options for eyelash growth?

Doctor Answers 11

Latisse for impressive lashes ;)

Yes!! The medication bimatoprost — marketed under the brand name Latisse — is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat inadequate eyelashes (hypotrichosis). Bimatoprost is also marketed under the brand name Lumigan, which is used in prescription eyedrops to treat glaucoma. Eyelash growth was an unexpected side effect of Lumigan, which led to the creation and marketing of Latisse. With regular applications along the lash line of the upper eyelid, Latisse gradually encourages growth of longer, thicker and darker eyelashes.

Wilmington Physician
4.6 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

Latisse after follicular injury

Latisse is not FDA approved for  poor eyelash regrowth after follicular injury (ie what you have described in your story). So it is important to keep this in mind. While I agree it is the best option, I can't say whether you'll acheive impressive results or not.

For some individuals, the combination of adhesives and traction cause inflammation and scarring. If this were present, growth with Latisse would be affected. The only way to tell if there is inflammation and scarring is with a biopsy - not simply by looking.

I have treated many patients with similar stories of injury to hair (whether scalp, eyelashes, brows or body hair). Regrowth is far less predictable.

Jeff Donovan, MD, PhD
Vancouver Dermatologist


Latisse would help to thicken and lengthen the existing eyelashes.    You will find that latisse may turn out to be a better alternative for the future.  

Kenneth Sumida, MD
Folsom Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Latisse for eyelash growth

Latisse is FDA approved for eyelash growth. It is probably the best option for you. Consult in person with an experienced and expert physician to understand your options.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 44 reviews

Is Latisse right for me

Thank you for your question. Latisse is an excellent tool for eyelash growth. The solution is applied once-a-day each evening to the base of the eyelashes. Users may see results as early as 4 weeks with best results 12-16 weeks out. 

Edward E. Dickerson, IV, MD
Fayetteville Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 120 reviews

Is Latisse my best option for eyelash growth?

Thank you for sharing your question and I am sorry to hear of your extension complication.  Latisse is a very safe and predictable medication that achieves impressive eyelash growth over 4-6 weeks of treatment.  I think you are an excellent candidate for its use.  

Nelson Castillo, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 68 reviews

Latisse for Eyelash Growth

Thank you for your question. I have many patients who love the results of Latisse, and can really notice a big difference within the first month of nightly applications. I would recommend discussing it with a cosmetic dermatologist in your area. Best, Dr. Heffernan

J. Timothy Heffernan, MD
Seattle Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 12 reviews


I am sorry for your eyelash experience. Latisse is an excellent tool for eyelash growth. It is simple to apply and truly does what it claims. You will need to consistently use the product to see a result. Lengthening can be seen as early as 4 weeks, with best results at 16 weeks. Most of my office staff use Latisse and swear by it.  

Peter N. Butler, MD
Pensacola Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 55 reviews

Is Latisse my best option for eyelash growth?

Another option to Latisse is Alphaeon Lash. This is a simpler application with no risk of eye discoloration. Can be used on lashes and brows. Works really well. Good luck.

Richard Zienowicz, MD
Providence Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 63 reviews


My patients and staff who use Latisse love it. It is a nightly, but simple, application routine that will begin to show upper eyelash lengthening by the fourth week, and an increase in the number and darkness of the eyelashes by the eighth week; with continued improvement in overall lash length and fullness through 16 weeks. 

David Hartman, MD, FACS
Canton Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

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