How did you prepare?
Since I still had some reservations about trying such a potent product, especially since my eyes are easily irritated, I made an appointment at a skincare clinic I completely trusted for a consultation. SkinSpirit was created in 2003 by M Dean Vistnes, MD, a Stanford-educated, board-certified plastic surgeon, and Lynn Heublein. They have multiple locations on the West Coast—most of which are in California—and offer a mix of comprehensive aesthetic services.
Once I arrived, a practitioner walked me through an overview of the product, explained how and when to apply it, went through potential side effects, and also provided a timeline of projected results if I was consistent with my application. She explained that I would most likely start to notice longer, thicker, and darker lashes around the six-to-eight-month mark. She also told me the results would remain (and improve) as long as I continued the use of the medication and that my lashes would return to their original appearance once I discontinued use.
What happened during the whole process?
Just as the practitioner advised, I applied Latisse to my upper lash line (as you would a liquid liner) every single night after my full skincare routine. I also made sure to apply it at least an hour or more before I went to sleep each night so it wouldn’t simply rub off on my pillow. (A back sleeper I am not!) I also made sure to clean up any excess product that would start to drip or run off the corner of my eye with a tissue since product runoff is what can cause hair growth in other areas of the eye, and I personally was not in the mood to develop under-eye hair!
Just like she predicted, I started to notice a difference in my lashes around one month in, but I really noticed a major change in length around six weeks. I’ve been taking the medication for a few months now (and have actually switched to just applying a few times a week to curb irritation) and have still been enjoying the results and noticing even more growth. I’m obsessed! In fact, my lashes are so long now that it’s almost difficult to apply mascara. It’s a conundrum I’m not mad at!
No challenges! I’m happy to report that I didn’t experience any side effects aside from some very minor irritation (just a subtle raw/stinging sensation here and there) and a slight darkening of my lids right at my lash line where I apply the treatment. Once I was satisfied with my results, I decreased my application to just a few times a week to see if it would help the pigmentation and sensitivity, which it did! It’s still a part of my routine, and I plan to keep using Latisse until further notice.
Not really. Since I did my research and talked things through with a trusted professional before I started Latisse, I felt totally prepared. The only surprise really was just HOW amazing the results are. The hype is totally legitimate. Latisse exceeded my expectations, and I just wish I had tried it sooner.