Latisse is one of the most talked about products in cosmetic surgery and because of all the stalking; there are a lot of misconceptions, a lot of questions that I hear all the time and I thought I would take some time to address those, also give you some insider tips on how we use Latisse here in our office, as well as how to minimize the side effects which are usually mild anyway but there are some things you can do. I'm not sure if you know much about Latisse but I'll give you a little bit of the story. In 2001, there was a very popular glaucoma medication called Lumigan. It was the most prescribed glaucoma medication in America. It worked very well for glaucoma and also doctors noticed a major side effect of using Lumigan was crazy long eyelashes.

So quickly the makers of Lumigan which is Allergan got onto developing and getting FDA approval for a new product that was specifically for growing longer eyelashes. Hence, Latisse was born in 2008 when it received FDA approval for treatment of not enough eyelashes, any of us could use. We know that Latisse has been studied Lumigan, the product since it's been around since 2001, has been extensively studied so we know this product works. Eighty percent of people who use it know significant eyelash growth. We also know that there are some mild usually temporary side effects that some people experience, which is usually just redness, dry, irritated eyes, usually just for the first few weeks of use, as well as some people get some darkening of the upper lid, also usually stops if you stop using the product.

But the main question I hear constantly is, "Is this going to change my eye color or my nice blue eyes is going to brown after it? I don't want to use it because of that." This is probably because in the commercial because it's an FDA approved product, they do specifically say although not seen in Latisse clinical studies may cause increase brown pigmentation of the colored part of the eye which is likely permanent. Oh my God, that sounds scary. All I heard was the likely permanent part. So I get that question all the time. What does that really mean? It means that we already know that Latisse is the exact same product as Lumigan, the glaucoma medication. In very rare studies of Lumigan, people with hazel eyes reported some pigment changes, not blue, not brown, just hazel, very few and that was with Lumigan.

No studies have been found anyone having any pigment changes in Latisse, but because it's the exact same product, we'll always say that could happen. There may be someone out there who experiences that, but you know with an eyed drop, you're putting the entire drop of the Lumigan product in your eye if you have glaucoma. With Latisse, we're using once a day, one drop on a little brush on the lid, in the roots of our eyelashes as opposed to putting it in the eye. So I'm very confident. Obviously I use the product. In saying, I don't think it's going to change your eye color but just so you know the facts and the story behind where it came from. The box comes with the product, a 3 mL little dropper of the Latisse product as well as 60 brushes to apply it.

In our own personal use, you're going to get more bang for your buck and again it lasts longer if you use a smaller brush. This brush hooks up a lot of product so you're actually delivering less of it to your eyelash. You can take this brush and cut off some of the bristles. You could use your own smaller tiny little lip liner or eyeliner brush, as well as we like to put one drop in the cap and use that to reapply as often as possible. We do know that some people that you will grow hair wherever you put it. So if you don't want hair on the outer corner, inner corner of your eye and you get a little bit of your Latisse on there, wipe it off. Then you won't have to be plucking out random hairs and experience any of that darkening there later. A lot of people can get six to seven months use out of this one bottle by extending the way you use it.

Latisse Provides Simple and Effective Eyelash Growth

Latisse's history of development from a glaucoma medication to the popular eyelash growth formula used today is explained by Gretta Handley, Patient Care Manager at Davis Plastic Surgery.