Latisse is a brand name for bimatoprost ophthalmic solution, prescribed for patients as an eyelash growth treatment. Glaucoma patients initially used it to treat their glaucoma, but doctors noticed that patients using the medication also had longer, darker, and fuller lashes. So now, the bimatoprost ophthalmic solution is marketed as Lumigan to treat glaucoma, and it is sold as Latisse for sparse and thin lashes.
It is not clear if Latisse works as a treatment for eyebrow hair loss, but some patients claim to see eyebrow hair growth when using it on brows. However, you may want to keep in mind that using Latisse for treating eyebrows has not received FDA approval. So if you are considering using Latisse for this purpose, you should speak with your doctor to discuss any risks.
What is Latisse?
Latisse is prescribed to patients who are unhappy with their sparse eyelashes. It is the only treatment for increasing eyelash growth that is FDA approved. The solution comes in an eye drop container and is applied to the upper eyelid with an applicator. It is unnecessary to use it on the lower lids because the medication will transfer from the upper eyelids when you blink.
The active ingredient in Latisse, bimatoprost, works to increase eyelash growth by increasing the number of eyelashes per follicle. It is not fully understood how it also works to darken and thicken lashes, but this may be due to increased blood flow to the lash follicles.
Latisse has been shown in studies to have the following effects:
- Increase the number of hairs by 106%
- Increase the thickness of each strand by 18%
- Increase the fullness of each strand by 25%.
How much does Latisse cost?
Latisse is only available with a prescription, so it is not available over the counter. However, our MG Dentistry and Rejuvenation Center doctors can prescribe Latisse for you.
The cost of Latisse will vary depending on the pharmacy, but it typically costs between $120 and $200 for a 30-day supply. Insurance may or may not cover the cost of Latisse.
Is Latisse safe to use?
Eye irritation, such as redness, itching, or watering, is the most common side effect of Latisse. After a few weeks, these symptoms usually go away on their own. There have also been reports of darkening the eyelid skin and increased brown pigmentation in the eye’s iris. However, these effects are rare.
Patients who experience side effects such as persistent eye irritation, changes in iris color, or eyelid darkening should discontinue use and speak to one of our doctors.
Latisse is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women or for women who are allergic to bimatoprost. Patients under the age of 18 also should not use Latisse.
Can Latisse be used on eyebrows?
Latisse has not explicitly been studied for use to treat eyebrow hair loss, but there is anecdotal evidence that Latisse works for growing thicker brows. Therefore, it is likely that the exact mechanism of action that increases eyelash growth also works on eyebrows. However, as Latisse has not been approved for use on eyebrows, it is best to speak with a doctor before using it.
What are the benefits of using Latisse on eyebrows?
It shows benefits for people with brows that have been over-plucked leading to eyebrow hair loss.
Latisse has not specifically been studied to see if it’s an efficient treatment for growing thicker or darker eyebrow hairs. However, one study looked at the effects of bimatoprost on participants’ eyebrows and found that the active ingredient does increase eyebrow hair count, thickness, and fullness. So it is likely that Latisse would show similar benefits for eyebrows.
How long will it take for me to see the results?
It typically takes four to eight weeks of use for Latisse to start showing eyebrow hair growth. However, the full effect may not be seen until 16 weeks of use. As a result, it may take longer to see fuller brows.
Can I use Latisse if I have contact lenses?
Yes, you can use Latisse if you wear contact lenses. However, it is recommended to take out contact lenses before using Latisse and wait at least 15 minutes after using Latisse before putting them back in.
How to apply Latisse to Your Eyebrows
To apply Latisse to your eyebrows, follow these steps:
- Cleanse and dry your face before application.
- Remove the cap from the bottle and twist the applicator to extend the brush fully.
- Place the applicator brush at the base of your eyelashes and gently press down on the applicator to deposit the solution.
- Apply Latisse, coating every eyebrow hair.
- Replace the cap on the bottle and twist the applicator back into place.
- Repeat these steps once a day, preferably in the evening before bedtime.
It is important to note that you should not apply Latisse to the skin around the eyes. If any solution gets into your eyes, rinse them with water.
What are some alternative methods for eyebrow enhancement?
There are a few eyebrow growth serums on the market that may help to promote hair growth. One popular option is Rogaine for Women, available over the counter. Another option for eyebrow growth is Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Serum, purchased online or at Sephora.
Latisse is the only hair growth serum for lashes that is prescription strength, so you would likely see more significant eyebrow growth from Latisse.
There are a few other methods for eyebrow enhancement that don’t involve using a serum. One option is to use an eyebrow pencil to fill in any sparse areas. You can also try growing your eyebrows back naturally, although this may take some time. Finally, you can get eyebrow tattoos, although this is a more permanent option.
Contact us for a consultation!
Get in touch with us at MG Dentistry and Rejuvenation Center if you want more information about using Latisse for your eyelashes or eyebrows. Our doctors want to help you find treatments to look your best and restore your confidence.
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