It has been a while since my last blog entry but I was doing a little experiment.  I stopped using Latisse in August when I was happy with my results to see how long until my eyelashes would go back to their pathetic original length…the day have finally come!  It has been bee about 6 months and just as I had predicted my eyelashes are back to “normal”.

Now let the process begin all over again!

I was very happy with my results from Latisse and only stopped using so I would know exactly what to tell my patients when they were considering stopping.  Now I know, if you want to keep those lashes longer, fuller and darker you should continue to apply Latisse at least 3 x a week, if you don’t things will naturally reverse in about 6 months time.

12 weeks with Latisse

June 29, 2009

I must admit that I have become very obsessed with eyelashes since I started prescribing and using Latisse a few months ago.  It wasn’t until recently that I noticed a big difference between my eyelashes and my friends, family, etc.  My eyelashes are so much longer- I can’t believe it!  Latisse really works and the results are amazing!  If I wasn’t trying it myself I would be a skeptic.  

I realize that in tough economic times it might seem frivolous to some to spend the money on something like Latisse.  I have been hearing from a lot of women – why spend the money on  a prescription when you can buy false eyelashes.  False eyelashes aren’t free and they come with a lot of work.  If used as prescribed, Latisse can last 2 months per bottle. Depending on your results you can start to modify your daily routine to every other day or every third day to maintain your results- for some this could be as early as 8 weeks.

I started to use Latisse every other day this week because I am happy with my results and just want to maintain the lush lashes that I have!  

Realistically, if you decide to invest in this beauty product it would cost you about $500/year- that is $9.61/week!

5 weeks with Latisse

April 22, 2009

It has been 5 weeks since I started using Latisse.  To my surprise I have remembered this every night but one (when I was traveling out of town).  I guess for beauty you can get yourself into a routine- now if only I can get into a routine with my vitamins!!  

Positives:

I have definitely seen my lashes growing!!  I noticed it first last week, but in the past day or two others have been noticing!!  I even started using my eyelash curler again!!  And, it has been fun to try different brands of mascara to enhance these longer lashes!   

Negatives:

I did need to use artificial tears one or two mornings since I started using Latisse. Just a mild dry eye which improves with the drop.  I also noticed a slight irritation to my eyelid (in my brow area)- a mild dermatitis.  This could be from my lashes touching my eyelid or it could be from the makeup I have been wearing. I am finding that I am more interested in wearing eye makeup again to enhance my new lashes!  For the most part, I am not experiencing any major side effects.

Can’t wait to see how I am looking at 8 weeks!

This weekend, I traveled out of town to visit friends.  I packed everything, even my Latisse.  But, at the end of a long day Saturday, I forgot to use the Latisse.  Not to worry, a missed day here and there with the treatment isn’t going to be the end of the world.  It really won’t make a difference unless you forget to use it more than you use it!  I remembered to use it again last night.

Here are some helpful tips to help get you into a routine to maximize your results with Latisse, courtesy of Allergan and www.latisse.com

 

Tips for Success — Your guide to making the most of LATISSE™
Follow these guidelines for best results:
Think routine

Try to incorporate LATISSE™ into your nightly routine — for example, after you’ve washed your face and brushed your teeth.

Keep it handyStore the LATISSE™ bottle near your other skin care products or toothbrush, so you won’t forget to apply it each night.

Have patienceLATISSE™ (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.03% takes time to work. Only use it once a night, and don’t overuse it, as this may increase the chance of experiencing eye redness or itchiness.

Start freshIf your eye makeup remover leaves an oily residue on your eyelids, wipe off any excess oils with soap and water to ensure a clean surface before you apply LATISSE™.

Follow the rulesAlways use the sterile, disposable FDA-approved applicator provided in the kit. Don’t try to apply LATISSE™ with a cotton swab. The LATISSE™ applicator is specially designed to hold a drop and release a drop, as well as ensure safety and maximize effectiveness.

Don’t play catch upIf you miss a dose one night, don’t apply more just to catch up. Simply apply LATISSE™ the next evening and stay on schedule.

Beware of germsDon’t let the tip of the bottle or applicator contact your fingers or any other unintended surface, in order to avoid contamination.

Chart your progressWhen you start using LATISSE™ solution, be sure to mark your calendar and take pictures throughout weeks (0, 4, 8, 12, 16), so you can have your own “Before & After Gallery.”

 

May Eye Care in Hanover, PA was featured in this story about Latisse.

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Week one with Latisse

March 26, 2009

I have been using Latisse now for 1 week.  I haven’t noticed anything- good or bad.  I am happy to say that I am not noticing any of the side effects- dark circles or itchy, dry eyes.  I realize it is still early to see any noticeable growth in my lashes but I am anxious to see them change.  

I have modified my application slightly from the Latisse instructions.  I use the applicator provided, but I am using only 1 applicator for each night.  If there is no contact with your bottle and the brush the risk for contamination is very low.  Remember- this is an “off-label” use for Latisse.   I have been using one drop for each eye and making sure to apply only to my top lid/lash margin.

We will see what this next week brings!

Last night I finally started my Latisse treatment!  I am excited to see how long it will take for noticeable results.  I am also hoping that I don’t get any on the unwanted side effects- especially dark circles!  As an Optometrist, I know that the proper use of this medication will help to decrease any unwanted side effects.  That means, only apply once a day, only to your top eyelashes, and don’t use more that the one drop per eye that is recommended.  I also recommend that once you apply Latisse that you blot your eyelid dry- don’t wait for the medication to dry into your skin- you want the least amount of Latisse as possible on your eyelid skin.

What my first impression is about Latisse: I was a little concerned about the applicator when I first opened the Latisse kit- I wasn’t sure how it would work.  From some of you out there already using the product, I hear that the applicator was too big.  But, I was impressed with how well it absorbed the eye drop and I didn’t find it too big at all.

I am considering a few modifications to my treatment- BUT REMEMBER ANY MODIFICATION THAT YOU MAKE IS CONSIDERED AN “OFF-LABEL” USE OF LATISSE- NOT THE FDA APPROVED USE- SO SIDE EFFECTS MAY BE INCREASED!  

Since the Latisse brush never comes in contact with the bottle top, I think the risk of contamination is very low.  I don’t think it is unreasonable to use the same applicator for both eyes which should mean that the Latisse Kit will last 2 months- enough time to start seeing results. (Remember that this is considered an “off-label” use for Latisse!)

The only other modification that I am considering is to use only one drop of Latisse for both of my eyes.  I think the applicator absorbed a great deal of the medication and it might be enough for both eyes.  There are a few concerns with this 1) since you are applying less than the recommended amount your results might take longer and 2) you would have to remember to alternate the eye that you start your treatment on otherwise your lashes may become fuller on one eye when compared to the other.

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