Grow Longer Darker Lashes with Latisse

Latisse came about after it was discovered that patients who used another Allergan product, Lumigan – an eye drop used to treat glaucoma – began to grow longer, fuller and darker lashes. Allergan then began to study Lumigan’s active ingredient, bimatoprost, specifically for growing lashes. Voila! Latisse was born.

Latisse is a liquid that comes in a 5 mL bottle. Using a sterile, single-use-per-eye applicator, you apply one drop of Latisse to each eye at the base of the upper eyelashes every night. Within 8 weeks you’ll start to see results and within 16 weeks eyelashes will double in fullness. Afterwards, you can maintain results with treatments one to three times a week, says Jensen.

There are rumors that Latisse leads to a permanent darkening of the iris in people with green or hazel eyes. Yet Jensen says there’s never been a substantiated documented case of iris pigmentation with Latisse. Studies of Lumigan did show a change in pigmentation with hazel or green eyes – albeit just a dot within the iris – but keep in mind Lumigan is applied directly into the eye, while Latisse is applied outside the eye.

If you have pure green or blue eyes, they’re not likely to change to brown with use of Latisse, according to several ophthalmologists. But if you have any sign of brown speckling within the tissue of the iris, there’s always the chance they can darken.

Side effects may include itchy eyes or eye redness at the site. You may also notice a darkening of the skin around the site that disappears with discontinued use. It’s probably not a good idea to use Latisse.

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