Myths and Misconceptions about Latisse Debunked

Woman with beautiful, long eyelashes

Long for long, lush lashes? Latisse promises just that. Developed by Allergan, it’s the only FDA-approved, prescription treatment proven to lengthen and thicken eyelashes, delivering growth of up to 25 percent in four months.

Latisse also is known as bimatoprost and essentially is a prostaglandin drug used as eye drops to control the progression of glaucoma and manage ocular hypertension. Doctors noticed that their glaucoma patients soon were returning with longer, thicker eyelashes and realized that the drug could be reformulated for the cosmetic market. After a series of successful clinical trials, the FDA approved bimatoprost for the cosmetic use of darkening and lengthening eyelashes.

Despite its proven efficacy and safety, a few myths and misconceptions surrounding the use of Latisse have surfaced:

  • Latisse will change a user’s eye color: In 1 to 2 percent of glaucoma patients using bimatoprost, reports of an irreversible darkening of the iris has been reported. However, it was not seen in any of the initial clinical trials of Latisse involving some 300 patients. The difference is in the formulations for the two uses and in the way the drug is used. Glaucoma patients use it as a drop applied directly to the eye. For cosmetic use, however, it is instead applied with a brush onto the skin at the base of the top lash line. This method exposes the surface of the eye to only a small amount of the drug. While the most concern seems to come from prospective users with blue eyes, they actually are the group least at risk for discoloration of the iris. That’s because any change in color comes from bimatoprost increasing the amount of melanin in the melanosomes, which are extremely limited in blue-eyed patients.
  • Latisse will cause hair growth in odd places: A small portion – less than four percent – of Latisse users have reported tiny hairs growing in unintended areas, particularly just below the eye or on the cheeks. This typically occurs when a user applies too much of the solution. Unintended hair growth is completely reversible and easily avoidable by using Latisse as directed.
  • Eyelash extensions are safer: Not so. In fact, eyelash extensions can pose a number of health risks that you won’t face with Latisse. These include allergic reactions from ingredients such as formaldehyde used in both adhesives and solvents used to remove eyelash extensions; bacterial and fungal infections; irritation to the conjunctiva (the mucous membrane that covers the front of the eye and lines the inside of the eyelids) or cornea (the transparent layer forming the front of the eye); and traction alopecia, a condition wherein tension placed on the hair shaft damages the hair follicle. This not only causes existing lashes to fall out, but can slow or even cease the production and growth of new lashes.

Latisse has proven safe and effective for tens of thousands of satisfied patients. To find out how it can help give you darker, fuller, longer and younger-looking lashes, call 904-396-1186 and schedule a consultation at Jacksonville’s Parkway Plastic Surgery today.

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