Is Latisse Safe for Longer Fuller EyeLashes?
Latisse promises longer, fuller, darker eyelashes – but many of our Birmingham, MI patients have asked us if this product is truly safe for their eyes. The short answer is “yes” – when appropriately prescribed by a licensed physician and used as directed, Latisse is safe for most people. However, there are some people who should not use Latisse.
In this article Birmingham, MI plastic surgeon Dr. Ali discusses the pros, cons and side-effects of Latisse. However, the only way to know if Latisse is right for you is to schedule an appointment with a doctor who is qualified to prescribe Latisse, like Dr. Ali.
Latisse is FDA Approved
Latisse (technically called “bimatoprost ophthalmic solution”) is the first and only FDA approved medication to improve eyelash growth. Originally, its ingredients were developed by pharmaceutical company Allergan to treat glaucoma. But during treatment, many glaucoma patients noticed that their eyelashes grew fuller, longer and darker. Subsequent studies then showed that bimatoprost was safe and effective for improving eyelash growth as well.
Who Can’t Use Latisse
For must people Latisse is very safe. But, some people should not use Latisse, including pregnant or breastfeeding women. Patients with certain eye infections should also not use Latisse until their infections are cleared, and they have approval from their doctor. Additionally, individuals who have had recent eye surgeries should not use Latisse until they are fully healed and their treating surgeon has cleared them for use.
Are There Side Effects to Latisse?
The most common side effects of Latisse are very mild, and include itchy and red eyes or eyelids. Some people may experience darkening of the skin on the upper eyelid, although this is rare.
Applying Latisse with the included applicator is very important and can help avoid these side effects – because the applicator is designed to get the Latisse precisely where it is needed (on the lash line). Using only the applicators (and not que-tips, etc.) ensures that the Latisse is applied in a sterile manner and only where it is needed.
Many over-the-counter drug store serums, and online products, promise improved eyelash growth. However, one should be very careful of these products. Latisse is the only medication that is FDA approved for this purpose.
And, products purchased online are often manufactured overseas, without strict supervision as to safety and sanitary manufacturing conditions. Your eyes are important to everything you do and need to last a lifetime. Do not take chances with serums obtained that are not supplied by a physician.
Does Latisse Change Eye Color?
There has been a lot of rumor circulating that Latisse will change blue eyes to brown. This is because in the original FDA trials for the glaucoma eye drop mentioned above, the incidence of hazel or light brown eyes turning darker was 1-2%. However, remember, the glaucoma patients were applying the medication directly into their eyes.
If you use the supplied applicator to apply the Latisse carefully to the upper eyelid and not to the eye itself, you should not experience any change of eye color. In fact, permanent darkening eye color due to Latisse use is so rare that there are no publicly available reports or research showing eye color change.
Get LATISSE Online from Dr. Ali – Birmingham, MI
Hypotrichosis – or sparse eyelashes – can be a major source of frustration and insecurity for men and women alike. But if you’re ready to say goodbye to hypotrichosis and hello to thick, beautiful eyelashes, look no further than to LATISSE.
Thanks to LATISSE, our patients no longer have to be self-conscious about their eyelashes. If you’re in the Birmingham, MI area and are interested in more information regarding LATISSE and the many other aesthetic services we offer, schedule a consultation with AMAE Med Spa today.
And, video appointments with Dr. Ali are also available – so you can purchase LATISSE online from AMAE Med Spa for home delivery!
LATISSE – Birmingham, MI: 248.335.7200