If you’ve been searching for a treatment to help make your eyelashes thicker, darker, and more beautiful than ever before, you’ve probably stumbled across Latisse. Latisse is a liquid solution applied to the lash line of upper eyelids over the course of several weeks and has been demonstrated to provide fantastic results after a few months of use. However, can this amazing treatment be too good to be true?
After years of speculation and rumors, fears have circulated along the grapevine that using Latisse can cause your blue eyes to change brown. But that can’t be true, can it? This eye-color-changing rumor is an extremely widespread beauty urban legend that deserves to be addressed. Here’s a closer look at the Latisse eye discoloration myth, from what the product actually is to whether or not there’s any basis to the rumors.
What Is Latisse?
First and foremost, the bimatoprost ophthalmic solution (the clinical, official name of “Latisse”) has been clinically trialed by Allergan and by individual doctors who were closely monitoring their patients. Not only that, but Latisse is actually an FDA-approved treatment for solving thin lashes — first approved back in 2008. In addition, Latisse has also been found to be the only effective treatment for eyelash hypotrichosis, which is a condition that causes less hair to grow than is normal. In any case, no documented cases of iris color change have been reported by patients using Latisse as prescribed.
The eye-lash-enhancing effects of bimatoprost were discovered by accident. Bimatoprost is a medication that has long been used in the treatment of glaucoma, and when these patients all reported growing thick, lush lashes as a happy side-effect of their glaucoma treatment, the pharmaceutical company behind it decided to also market the product for aesthetic purposes. The only instances in which eye-color changes have been reported (to date) are by patients using bimatoprost as an eye drop for glaucoma treatment – and the percentage of cases where this has happened in glaucoma patients is such a minute number that it carries a very small risk even within that large group.
What Ingredients Are in Latisse?
Given the rumors surrounding Latisse and blue eyes, you’re probably curious about what chemical formula the treatment contains. While the active ingredient is the bimatoprost discussed earlier, there are a number of inactive ingredients — or components with non-medical importance — present in Latisse. These include purified water, sodium chloride, and sodium phosphate, among several others. To store Latisee safely, ensure it is kept between 36 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit.
The ingredients that make Latisse have been successfully used to treat glaucoma with minimal to no side effects for years, and the proper application for eye-lash growth is minimally invasive to the eye itself (if at all) and poses virtually no side effects. None of our patients have ever reported eye-color changes, and the only feedback we do get is consistent raves about the longer, darker, thicker eyelashes they now have.
Is Latisse Eye Discoloration Real?
So, is Latisse eye discoloration an actual possibility? Well, not exactly. When using Latisse for lash growth, you are not putting the serum in your eye, instead only around the perimeter of your eye — and if some were to accidentally seep into your eye, the risk of iris color change is so minimal that it isn’t even worth mentioning.
Of course, if you decided to apply the Latisse as an eye-drop into your eye for an extended period of time (say, the next few years), then you might be at risk for some pigment changes — but you would also be using this in a manner not prescribed for lash growth. (Not to mention, you’d be basically throwing thousands of dollars out the window if this was your method of Latisse application.)
However, the crux of whether or not Latisse eye discoloration is real or not hinges on how the treatment interacts with your body. Part of the reason why Latisse is great for improving eyelashes is that it affects the pigmentation present in hair and skin, known as melanin. Because blue eyes do not contain any melanin, they will not be influenced by the presence of Latisse. Likewise, because brown eyes contain the most amount of melanin, they won’t experience any changes either. With this in mind, eye colors with a mixed amount of coloring — such as green and hazel eyes — can potentially grow darker the more Latisse is used. Thankfully, these pigment changes do not cause any adverse health effects.
What Experts Have to Say About Latisse
If you want to learn more about Latisse eye discoloration and safety, hear what professionals have to say about the treatment. Our office performed extensive research on Latisse before we decided to offer it to our patients. (After all, it is a medication, we are talking about people’s eyes, and when we are dealing with other peoples’ health, we are not one to make uninformed decisions!) After tons of clinical reading and very thorough conversations with our Allergan contacts, we feel extremely comfortable making this product available to people with any color of eyes.
In fact, Allergan believes so strongly that Latisse is completely safe for use with any color eyes that they specifically tap light-eyed celebrities to be the product’s spokesmodels. Both Brooke Shields and Claire Danes are world-famous actresses with well-known blue eyes. Both followed the prescribed Latisse treatment regimen, and both then showcased their still blue eyes, now framed with majorly lush lashes.
What’s the moral of the story? Do your own research before you buy into the negative hype and paranoia surrounding anything! (And in this case, don’t miss out on gorgeous, real eyelashes for fear of side effects that have not been an issue to those using this as directed!)
Call About Face Skin Care Today
If you’re searching for a professional cosmetic company in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, area to receive Latisse, you’ve come to the right place. About Face Skin Care offers a wide range of services to help patients like you look their very best. From Kybella injections for belly fat to Bogo laser hair removal, there’s no shortage of ways we can assist your beauty needs. Contact our office today to learn more about Latisse and schedule your appointment.