Michael J Kutryb, MD  

Specialties: Ophthalmology, Cataract Surgery, glaucoma

Interests: Ophthalmology

Kutryb Eye Institute - Titusville
Titusville, FL
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Can LATISSE Really Make Eyelashes Longer, Fuller, and Darker?  Absolutely, Yes.

May 10, 2009 - 27 comments

    At first I was a little skeptical about how prescription eyelash growing solution LATISSE would be received out in the general population.  I have been using the exact same solution, as an eyedrop called LUMIGAN, to treat glaucoma for about 10 years.  You see, it has this unusual side effect of making eyelashes longer and darker.  It was only recently that the ophthalmic drug company Allergan, decided to use this long known side effect of bimatoprost 0.03% solution (known as the glaucoma drug LUMIGAN) to create LATISSE to be marketed to our increasingly appearance driven society.  LATISSE is applied to the upper eyelashes once a day with a special brush and after several weeks when the effect begins, the dose is usally tapered down quite a bit.  Now for those on the cutting edge of beauty, they have one more weapon in their arsenal.  It's a lot work to stay beautiful, especially for those in the television and entertainment industries where your face and figure can have a big effect on your paycheck.  And, hey if you're not a movie star but want to look like one - more power to you.
     Anyway, I wanted to let you know that this product really does work.  Early results with LATISSE with my patients and from other doctors I know, confirms my belief.  It works very well and this stuff is the real deal - but understand that it will not work on everyone.  I estimate that about 20% of people might not get much response and about 5% may have to stop the product due to irritation, itching or redness of the lids or eyes.  Please read the package labeling carefully, since this product has the potential to cause redness of the eyelids and eyes and may have to potential to change iris color to a darker, more brownish shade.  I have seen all of the above side effects with the glaucoma drop version, but LATISSE is applied only to the upper lashes (not the eye) and the dose is much, much lower and is tapered off significantly after a few months.  The incidence of LATISSE side effects is actually rather low but be on the lookout especially for eyelid and eye redness.

Good Luck with your eyelashes.  If you get a chance look at Brooke Shields' eyelashes on the LATISSE web site (really awesome photos -  truly remarkable.)  By the way, I have no financial interest in Allergan and I am not a paid consultant.

MIchael Kutryb, MD
Kutryb Eye Institute
Titusville, Edgewater, FL

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by Momzilla, May 10, 2009
I'm so glad you wrote about this product!  I JUST read an ad today. I, too, was skeptical -- very!  Brooke Shields does look amazing and she has a certain credibility in my book.

The thing which seals the deal for me is that it is an Allergan product, now that you bring it up.  As it so happens, I used to be the research coordinator for a surgeon who used Allergan devices and materials as part of FDA studies, and their research and development was just top-notch. I was never paid by them or an employee.  I merely coordinated the surgeon's studies as a principle investigator.  He used other study sponsors, as well, that were equally good.

It gives me confidence to try this beauty product having your endorsement, too, having seen its effects.  Thanks for sharing your thoughts.  My 45 year-old eyes could use all the help they can get.  I'm sure my insurance wouldn't pay for this, so I'll have to look into the cost...

Thanks again!  Take care!


by sk123, May 11, 2009
Thanks for sharing this information. It bugs me that my boyfriend's eyelashes are thicker and prettier than mine. His eyelashes rub against his glasses and mine are barely visible, even with mascara. I will definitely look into Latisse now that I know that's not a marketing gimmick. Thanks again!

by ginger899, May 11, 2009
Weird! Gimme some of that!.....

by Kiska101, May 12, 2009
My Question about Latisse.....say I use it for a couple of months and then quit, because the medication is pricey for me.
Will the lovely eyelashes I grow from Latisse disappear and fall out when I discontinue using the medication?????
Can Dr. Kutryb answer this question for me???????????????

by Joanne32656, Jun 07, 2009
Yes my daughter has trichotillimania and  she is growing eye lashes but she  also wears false eye lashes!  she has been growing  lashes and it does take  about a 1 1/2 years to grow them!   any way she has some lashes will this help her eye lashes grow longer???  yes she has seen a psychologist about this!!!!   Thanks Joanne

by latisse, Jun 15, 2009
Hi.  I am hoping for you insight and advice.  I have very light blue eyes and have been using Latisse for 7 weeks and LOVE the results.  I did not know about the darkening of the iris side effect.  As soon as I read this, I discontinued using it immediately.  I just do not want to take the chance.  Can you please tell me if I am officially in the clear since I stopped using it and haven't had any color change?  Or, could my color still morph after discontinuing the product?  Thank you.  I'm nervous:-(

by Lisa99, Aug 18, 2009
This is for the other people who come here for Latisse information.  I am a 48-year-old woman.  Although my eyelashes are very dark and have not changed with age, they have always been fairly short and sparse.  I requested Latisse from the plastic surgeon who performed scar revision surgery on my leg.  I pay $120 per bottle, which I hear is about average.  I have been using Latisse for close to 11 weeks now.  After struggling with the brushes supplied with the product (scratchy, hard to control) I started using a smaller, softer natural hair brush that works for me.  I sterilize it after every use by dipping it in rubbing alcohol, blotting it dry and storing it in a little tube.  You must keep it clean to avoid the chance of infection.  (Allergan wants you to use two separate brushes in order to avoid the possibility of transferring any infection from one eye to the other.)  My results are:  4 weeks: slight growth at outer corners of lashes.  8 weeks: significantly longer lashes but not really thicker.  10-11 weeks: lashes are becoming a little thicker.  My eyelashes were already dark so I don't see any change there.  The lashes used to curl very little but now they look like I've used an eyelash curler.  The tips actually touch my sunglass lenses now - annoying, but a small price to pay for vanity.  I've had to back off on the mascara because it's almost too much!  I will continue to use it.

by Barbara1974, Oct 08, 2009
I've been using Latisse for about 11 weeks now, and yes, it absolutely works! My eyelashes are much longer and are also getting thicker, as well as darker. I have had no adverse side effects (I have blue eyes and they have remained exactly the same color, I've had no redness or irritation at all). Very easy to use, but as many people have recommended, I don't use the brushes they provide since they don't work as well as a good eyeliner brush. I was puzzled that my bottle lasted over 2 months when it says it lasts about 1 month, but I read on another site someone saying the same thing, so I think the value is better than expected. (It seems that the average price is $120 a bottle which would boil down to $60 per month until after 14 weeks when you cut back to twice a week to maintain the lashes, and then the monthly cost will be even cheaper!) I get mine from Kaiser so it costs me about $106 per bottle. I highly recommend it!

by Minx1904, Nov 09, 2009
I started using latisse about 13 weeks ago and i love my results. At first it was really frustrating because i wasn't seeing the results i expected but i guess it takes a while for it to kick into you hair cycle. After weeks not only did i see a difference but my friends as well as strangers saw it as well. if you go onto my dr's website then you can see my before and afters. I buy it from Pousti Plastic Surgery and they are having a special on it so i bought it for 100 for one bottle or 2 for 180. One bottle has lasted me 3 months bc i use a different applicator, i think the ones it comes with soak up a lot of the solution. So if you do buy it then get an applicator from sally's or something so you can save money.

by grace566, Jan 03, 2011
well am trying to get one my eyelashes are long and dark and thick but i want them more longer

by grace566, Jan 03, 2011
am 14teen
an think am goin to get a bottle of latisse :)

by Hapatia, Feb 16, 2011
How long has this product been on the market? Does anyone have a clue to it's lasting effects (side effects?). Have they done tests to prove that after using it, your eyelashes won't fall out? What kind of chemicals are in Latisse? Is it all natural?? Educated answers needed! Thanks!

by Sequoia82, Feb 16, 2011
Does Latisse work on eyebrows?

by LMUribe, Feb 16, 2011
From the FAQ at http://www.latisse.com:

# What happens if I stop using LATISSEĀ®?
# If you stop using LATISSEĀ®, your eyelashes are expected to return to their previous appearance over several weeks to months.

by carolanivey, Feb 16, 2011
I can attest Latisse can work for eyelashes. I have what I'd call normal lashes, but I used Latisse's prescription strength form, Lumigan, for glaucoma several years ago before my insurance company stopped covering it. :(  My lashes got so long they were touching my eyebrows! I used it for quite some time and my eyes never changed color (they're blue) but that doesn't mean it might not happen for someone else.

I use different drops now (three - Xalatan, Timoptic and Alphagan), and only in one eye. My lashes on that eye are longer than the non-medicated eye, but the difference isn't as dramatic as it was with Lumigan.

by ChitChatNine, Feb 18, 2011
I am old fashioned.  For vanity, I'd prefer not to use this med in case I ever need the medicine for glaucoma.  For those who use it, though, sounds terrific!  If one uses it for eyelash growth, and then one day needs it for glaucoma, is there chance of resistance to the drug?

by shine00, Feb 21, 2011
what is this latisse

by Michael J Kutryb, MDBlank, Feb 21, 2011
Using Latisse for your lashes will not prevent glaucoma drops from working in the future or cause resistance.  I have no idea where you got that idea but it is completely false.

by Michael J Kutryb, MDBlank, Feb 21, 2011
Latisse is a glaucoma drug (bimataprost) which was found to have a side effect of longer, darker eyelashes (the same as the the other drugs in its class for glaucoma.)  The special thing about Latisse is that it has a special applicator that helps to keep the drug out of the eye and eyelid skin to reduce the side effects of red eyes and darkened skin around the eyes which can occur with the eyedrop Lumigan for glaucoma (which again is the identical agent - bimataprost.)

by Bunny_, Mar 05, 2011
I think I have more important issues to worry about--

by Kelligirl84, Mar 16, 2011
I am wondering if anyone has had an issue with one side growing faster than the other.  I am using Lumigan and have had significantly more growth on the right eye than on the left.  Strange.

by JenHa, Mar 30, 2011
Thank you for posting on this Dr. Kutryb.  I have read multiple reviews by people who had very good success with Latisse for the first 6-8 months but then report around month 8 - 9 their eyelashes fall out.  Have any of your patients experienced this?

by MyLashesFellOut, May 07, 2011
Yes JenHa...I used Latisse and grew beautiful long lashes for almost a year and then, they started to fall out.  The medicine no longer works and now I'm left with 1/4 inch and very very spars lashes. My lashed were never this bad!!! I'm devastated and so embarrased!  There isn't even anything left to use mascara on. I google searched to see if anyone else had this problem and they have.  This is another side effect the manufacturer of Latisse isn't telling us!!!!!!! My dermatologist I've been following up with has several others that he has documented as well.  

by Dshr, May 13, 2011
tht's too bad..I dont want this small time conditioning..i want to grow my lashes too bt now i feel like refraining.. Have anyone heard of Loreal's product..i dont remember the name though..but for growing lashes. i'd rather opt if its better..

by RayPaHall, May 18, 2011
I had extremely short sparse lashes, a wonderful family trait. I wore false eye lashes for years which didn't help.
In fact they were so short that putting the popular lash extensions were nearly impossible.
And then Lattise came out. It is simply an amazing product. My lashes have tripled in length and multiplied. I have
also used it on my sparse eyebrows which have filled in quite nicely. Yes, it is pricey but it is so worth the money.
I save a ton of time in time and energy in the morning not to mention the savings on all those false lashes.
I have not noticed any of the iris discoloration although I do have brown eyes. I have experienced some itching at
lash line occassionally but not enough to ever stop this product. I did stop for about 6 mo and did notice a slow
return to sparse sections of growth. After restarting I noticed I could go several days and still have regrowth.
If you are on the fence about trying it I'd say try at least 1 bottle (lasts about 3 mo). and check it out for yourself.
I couldn't be more pleased. Unlike Brooke Sheilds I haven't been paid to use it or sing it's praises.

by RayPaHall, May 18, 2011
as a side note I did try several of the other products out there including Loreal prior to trying Latisse. They never worked for me. I have been using this product for over 1 1/2 years (again only every few days now) and still have wonderful results. I will say because my lashes were so short it really took about 9 mo before other people started to notice a difference. But, I noticed within about 90 days.

by JJJames75, Aug 15, 2014
This is an old thread, but maybe someone will still read it and give me their opinion. I've been on Lumigan for glaucoma for less than two months. The doctor mentioned possible eyelash growth, among others, as a side effect, but I didn't give it much thought. I figured it was a "possible" side effect after using the drops for a long time. Until about 3 weeks ago. I noticed my eyelashes seemed thicker and slightly longer. I thought maybe I was imagining it since the doctor had mentioned it as a possible side effect. There's no imagination involved now! After less than two months my eyelashes are MUCH longer, thicker, and darker, on both top and bottom. Prior to using Lumigan my eyelashes weren't really noticeable unless you looked closely. Now they are very obvious. In addition to being longer, thicker, and darker, they (especially the ones at the corners of my eyes) curl upwards. I'm wondering if they will continue to grow. I haven't noticed any slowing down yet. I'm now self conscious about my very obvious long eyelashes, and am wondering if I should go somewhere to have them trimmed. I have no doubt that people that I talk to regularly are noticing the change in my eyelashes. So should I trim them or not? How long can they get?

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