Long Lashes. Most every woman wants them. There’s mascara to enhance what we have. There’s extensions to “add” to what we have. Then there’s Latisse. Have you heard of it?
Latisse is a brand name for Bimatoprost (marketed in the US, Canada and Europe by Allergan, under the trade name Lumigan). Bimatoprost is an eye drop to control the progression of glaucoma and manages ocular hypertension. Latisse was something that was discovered as a happy accident in 2008 when scientists were testing Bimatropost on patients with glaucoma. Scientists discovered that when they were treating their patients with Bimatoprost-the patients were growing lush, long lashes!
Allergen now markets Bimatopost under the trademark name Latisse. I asked my dermatologist if (in theory) you could just buy Bimatoprost off label and use it as you would use Latisse. He told me I could, but that Latisse is concentrated more and that you recieve way better results using Latisse than Bimatoprost. Latisse is just for the growing of long beautiful lashes! Yay!
Speaking of my dermatologist-about 7 months ago I was at a dermatology appointment and my he suggested I try Latisse. At this point I had heard of Latisse before but I was a little hesitant to try it because of I had heard rumours that Latisse could possibly cause dark pigmentation within the coloured part of your eye -or blindness! I voiced my concerns to my Dermatologist and he quickly dismissed these fears. He told me that Latisse is completely safe and that I should try it. I went home with a box of Latisse that day and never looked back!
I have documented my journey with Latisse by taking random pictures to gauge the growth of my lashes.
Here is a picture before I started using Latisse…
Here is a picture after using Latisse for 7 months…
Of course, you can see a real difference in length and thickness.
The application of Latisse is very easy. Using the the provided disposable applicator -(it looks like a nail polish brush)-you carefully squeeze one drop of the Latisse solution (as you would eye drops into your eyes) onto the brush of the applicator and gently swipe the solution across the upper lash line (where your eyelid and lashes meet). One application per day per eye is all you need. I started to see noticeable results within 3 weeks of daily application.
I’ve incorporated Latisse application into my night time routine. After I’ve washed my face I apply Latisse. It is very important to apply to a freshly washed face especially around the eye area. Make sure you are not applying over old make up. Eyes are a gateway to introducing all kinds of bacteria so make sure you use the provided disposable applicators only once.
Latisse comes in 2 different sizes. There is the 5 ml bottle with 140 disposable applicators, and there is a 3ml bottle with 60 disposable applicators. The price point varies. I purchased the 3 ml box for around $110.00 Canadian. The 5ml box was around $200.00 Canadian. You can usually purchase Latisse from most Dermatologists, Plastic Surgeons and higher end Spas.
It’s important to note that once you stop using Latisse your lashes will return to their normal length.
Try Latisse for yourself and let me know what you think!