If you want to restore your eyelashes after they have thinned significantly from chemotherapy, genetics, or any other health challenge, Latisse promises to help you grow thicker, longer, fuller and darker lashes. The product comes in the form of drops, with an applicator and works by making your lashes grow thick and dark over time. You are expected to look like you have lash extensions after about two months of using this solution on a daily basis. But that luscious length will be our own. You should be aware of the fact that your new fringe will last as long as you use the product, though, so you will have to continue using Latisse further to maintain your positive results. Is the product really as effective as it is claimed to be? We will try to answer this question further in this review by taking a look at the product's ingredients and real users' reviews.
We are concerned with the fact that there is lack of information about the manufacturer of Latisse online. It means that the company behind the product is not reputable or well-known. The official website is very promising, though. This product might be a good choice for you if you can include Latisse into your daily routine. It seems to be easy to do but the results usually last as long as you are using the product. You may also need to wait several months before seeing any positive results. If you need instantly thick lashes, this product will not be the right solution for you. Besides, it can only be used by people with a steady hand. You may experience side effects, which can be avoided when applying the solution to the base of your upper eyelashes carefully. This product can only be used if you have no underlying eye diseases, such as macular edema or glaucoma. Let us take a look at the ingredients of Latisse.
The active ingredient in the product is bimatoprost 0.03%. This drug is used to treat people with inadequate or not enough eyelashes. Originally this compound was used to treat glaucoma; however, it should be avoided by those with an eye disease, as well as pregnant or breastfeeding women. Bimatoprost makes the eyelashes thicker and longer by improving their growth. This ingredient is similar to prostaglandin, a natural chemical produced by the human body. Do not use Latisse if you are already using bimatoprost to treat glaucoma. Do not get this eyelash medication into your eyes. Too much bimatoprost in your eyes can make it less effective for the treatment of glaucoma. Discuss more details with your doctor and follow all the usage recommendations carefully.
First of all, you are recommended to read the Patient Information Leaflet attentively before you start to use Latisse. Learn how to apply this drug correctly. If you have any concerns or questions, consult your doctor. Use this drug once a day in the evening. To apply this drug, first wash your hands and face. If you wear contact lenses, remove them. You can reinsert your contact lenses fifteen minutes after applying this drug. Place one drop of this drug onto the applicator that comes to the medication. Draw the applicator across the skin of the upper eyelid margin carefully from the inner part of your lash line to the outer part. Throw away the applicator after using the medication. Repeat the procedure with a new applicator for the second eye. This medication cannot be used for the lower eyelids.
If the drug gets into the eye, avoid rinsing your eye. This medication is unlikely to cause any harm to your eye. To avoid possible contamination, though, avoid touching the dropper tip neither with your hands nor with your eyelashes. The dropper does not need to be rinsed. Just replace the dropper cap after using it, and keep the cap closed. Use this drug regularly to benefit from it. It is advised to use it at the same time every evening. Do not use more of this drug than recommended, it will not work any faster. It may take up to two months before the benefits of using this drug medication will show up. When you stop using this medication, be ready that the appearance of your eyelashes will become the same as it was before starting your treatment. It should be noted that the effects between your two sets of eyelashes may be quite different. There may be differences in eyelash number, thickness, length, color, fullness, or direction of growth.
The manufacturer of Latisse does not mention any potential side effects associated with its usage but they do occur quite often. These may include eye discomfort, redness, itching or dryness. If any of these effects worsen, inform your doctor promptly. It is possible that hair starts growing in other areas where this medication touches your skin. Every time this happens, wipe any extra medication. It should be noted that when this eye drop medication is applied into the eyes glaucoma, it may slowly lead to brown discoloration of the colored part of the eye. Latisse could also have this effect. Besides, it may cause darkening of the skin around the base of the eyelashes and even eyelid changes. After you stop using it, eyelid skin darkening is expected to go away after a few weeks or months. But other side effects may be permanent. Inform your doctor if any of these undesired effects occur. The symptoms of serious side effects may include suspected eye infection, eye pain, rapid vision changes. A very serious allergic reaction is rare but its symptoms may include: itching, rash, swelling (especially of the tongue, face or throat), trouble breathing and severe dizziness.
There is a big number of customer reviews about Latisse on third-party websites. Many customers say that this product is a joke. It does not work as advertised but has a ridiculously high price. Each box contains sixty brushes (two a day). One customer reports that she had to stop using Latisse after several days because her eyelids became red, swollen, and itchy. Her doctor told her to wait a week and try it again. So she did but had the same reaction. The woman thinks that she is allergic to some of the ingredients in the product. Another woman reports that she used Latisse for just one day and her eyelids started itching and swelling. The woman continued using it for six days and her eyes become even more red and swollen. She had such serious itching that she had to use cold packs to relieve the swelling and discomfort. The woman called her dermatologist who told her to discontinue using the product for a week. When the woman resumed using the drug, the swelling, redness, and itching returned. She regretted having wasted $200.00 and feels disappointed.
"I have used Latisse a few years ago and had no side effects, but recently I bought another bottle and used it only several times. I woke up with my eyes bloody red, swollen, burning and with greenish discharge. I immediately went to the eye doctor who gave me a steroid injection, eye drops, and steroid drops for my eyes. I could not wear my contacts for over a week. I will never use this product again! It is better to have thin eyelashes than no sight!"
"I had been using Latisse but I could not continue to use the product, because it caused me vision blurring that progressed to light rings in my vision. I had to go went to an eye specialist and was properly inspected. I had a severe reaction - my eyes were swollen and the high pressure caused pain and headaches behind my eyes. I do not recommend this product to anyone."
"My daughter has used Latisse for two days and woke up with her eyes swollen, burning and itching all over her body, and welts on her tummy. When she tried to itch it, it caused her pain. She has been on ibuprophen all day and it hasn't stopped. We are going to the doctor now. Stay away from this product!"
Latisse can be bought from the official website of the manufacturer. A bottle of the product costs about $120, but you may be able to find it for just $100 on some retail stores. A bottle will last for about two months. According to the company, you will need two or three bottles to see full effect on your lashes. Let's take a look at the prices on some pharmacies. Duane Reade sells the product for $107.29, you can buy it from Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy for $107.29. One bottle is priced at $108.41 at CVS, while Rite Aid offers it for $130.16.
With everything we have learnt about Latisse, this product does not seem to be worth buying. It is associated with a great number of disadvantages. The major concern of ours if the high chance of experiencing side effects and allergic reactions which were described higher. All the negative side effects are caused by the main ingredient of this product, Bimaprost. Sunken eyes, droopier eye lids, hollow under eyes, acne and other reactions may occur. When used for a long period of time, this compound can even change the color of the user's eyes. The product is also linked to the number of precautions. It is very expensive too. Taking into account these drawbacks, I cannot recommend Latisse to usage.