Latisse vs Lash extensions….


There’s been a lot of talk about eyelash extensions lately. Maybe it’s that time of year or an old trend making the rounds again. Either way, I have had extensions only once and that was enough for me. I know I probably sound high maintenance with fillers, botox, skin/body treatments – but I’m really not. I’m a get up, get out the door gal with as little fuss as possible. That’s why extensions didn’t work for me – talk about high maintenance! You have to baby those things and pray that they don’t fall out and take your own eyelashes with them!

Thank goodness for Latisse! FDA approved in 2008, Latisse is easy to use and gives you more bang for your buck than any falsies can. That being said, I’m always surprised when clients balk at the thought of using it. So let’s set some things straight.

Doesn’t it change the color of your eyes?  To answer this, you have to go back to the beginning. Latisse was developed from a prescription drug to treat Glaucoma called Lumigan.  Lumigan is meant to be placed directly into each eye every day.  In the original Lumigan FDA clinical trials, there was a 1% incidence of hyperpigmentation (darkening) of the eye itself, especially for patients with hazel or light brown eyes.  However, with Latisse you do not actually put the product inside of your eye, but instead along your lash line and only on the top. To date, there have been no reported cases of any eye color change with Latisse.

Does it irritate your skin? There is a small possibility of irritation or permanent darkening of eyelid skin, but that is mostly when you apply too much or too often.

Isn’t it expensive? The average woman spends over $3500 a year on mascara (crazy, right?). A months supply of Latisse is ~$130 and a three month supply ~$180. Add in discounts/coupons that the makers of Latisse (Allergan) offer and that is less than $1000 a year. With great lashes, you can buy the cheaper mascara and still save!

Do I have to use it everyday? Once your lashes are the length and thickness you want, you can start using Latisse three nights a week instead of seven. But remember, if you stop using it completely your lashes will go back to how they were before treatment.

When will I see results? While you will start to see results in 4 weeks, the full effect (long, thicker, darker) takes 16 weeks.

Are there any other products as good as Latisse but cheaper? Many companies are coming out with lash products to compete with Latisse with some using the same active ingredient (bimatoprost).  Although some of these competitors may be somewhat effective in lengthening lashes, none are FDA approved or tested and proven with so many patients like it has.  So until some of these competitors go through clinical testing, I would stick with what works and is safe to use – Latisse.

Until next time….

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