Latisse was an accidental discovery. Originally, Latisse was marketed under the brand name Lumigan, and was formulated as an eye drop to treat glaucoma of the eyes. But patients soon reported a surprising side effect of their glaucoma treatments: Most were pleased to find themselves growing longer, fuller eyelashes! The pharmaceutical company behind Lumigan realized they had a great cosmetic product on their hands, and repackaged the solution as Latisse.
When you apply Latisse to the base of your upper eyelashes daily, you will begin to notice new growth within weeks. In two months you will see the full effects of your regular treatments. The results are reversible, as your eyelashes will gradually revert to their original state if you discontinue use of Latisse.
Latisse is generally considered very safe, but side effects can occur. Some patients report mild discomfort from dry eyes, itching, or redness. Some notice darkened eyelids, or darkened brown pigmentation in the iris of the eye. Most side effects disappear when you discontinue use of Latisse, although darkening of eye pigmentation could be permanent. Take care while applying your Latisse serum, and don’t let it run or drip from your eyelids. Occasionally patients report hair growth around the eyes due to careless application of the product.
If you’re bothered by sparse, inadequate eyelashes, call us to discuss the benefits of Latisse. We can help you weigh the pros and cons of this treatment, and decide if it is right for you.