Bimatoprost was originally developed by Allergan to treat glaucoma. Allergan’s brand Latisse is FDA approved to treat hypotrichosis which is no or inadequate eyelashes.
Latisse requires a prescription and is extremely expensive. Generic alternatives are now widely available to provide affordable beautiful long lashes to all. Generics include Careprost, Bitoma, Bimat, Bimatoprost.
Possible Side Effects
Darkening of the iris
Temporary darkening of the eyelids
Hair growth outside the treatment area
Red or itchy eyes
Do not use if you are allergic to bimatoprost or any other ingredient
Do not use if you are or trying to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
Do not use if you have liver, kidney or respiratory disease.
If you wear contact lenses remove them before using bimatoprost, they can be replaced afterwards. The preservative in the drops damages the lenses.
Do not use without your doctor’s permission if you use prescription drugs for eye pressure.
Help and Advice
Bimatoprost is a synthetic prostaglandin type molecule developed by Allergan as Lumigan drops for the treatment of glaucoma.
Glaucoma is a condition where the aqueous humour of the eye does not drain away properly resulting in increased intraocular pressure. Several years ago it was noted that a side effect of these drops was that it caused the growth of eyelashes.
Allergan then marketed Bimatoprost 0.03% as Latisse, an FDA approved form for eyelash growth in people with no or inadequate eyelashes (hypotrichosis).
When will I see a difference in my eyelashes?
You will begin to see visibly thicker, longer and darker lashes after 4to 8 weeks. The optimum results, however, will be visible after 12-16 weeks. After 16 weeks you can reduce the application to once or twice a week to maintain your lashes.
Will my lower lashes grow as well?
Yes, before the drop has dried a blink will be enough to deposit a small but adequate amount onto your lower lashes.
Will I get crazy growth?
Some of your lashes may not curl so will appear longer than the others giving an unkempt look. This can easily be rectified using a pair of eyelash curlers.
What happens if I stop using the Bimatoprost?
In several weeks your lashes will revert to their previous appearance.
My eyelids itch after application, what should I do?
Itchiness is caused by excess histamine production, therefore, if you apply Bimatoprost in the morning when histamine levels are naturally low, the itchiness should decrease or not be felt at all.
I am getting tiny hairs grow around the corner of my eyes, what can I do to stop this happening?
The first thing to do is to start the application from the center of your eye and then slide the drop to just before the corners. This is because if you start at a corner the drop will naturally go down with gravity to an area where you don’t want any growth.
If you are still getting hair growth you may want to use Eflora known as Vaniqa in the UK which is a hair growth retardant.
You only need a to apply a tiny amount around the outer edge of the eyes, twice a day. A 15 g tube will last several months.
Can I use Bimatoprost on my eyebrows?
Yes, if you want thicker and darker and eyebrows you can use one drop per brow once a day. This is particularly useful if you are losing eyebrow hair after chemotherapy or are taking statins.
Can I use mascara with generic Latisse?
Yes, unlike with lash extensions, mascara will help enhance your new longer lashes.
How is generic Latisse different to the original Latisse?
Latisse requires a prescription, comes with its own brush and is very expensive. Latisse comes in a 3ml and 5ml size.
With most generic brands you will need to purchase your own brush and keep it clean or buy disposable applicators. Generic sizes are usually only available as 3ml.
How to Use?
Apply once a day in the evening (morning if eyelid itchiness is a problem)
Remove contact lenses if you wear them
Clean the area
Take a clean eyeliner brush and put one drop of bimatoprost on it.
Close your eye and draw the brush over the base of your top lashes only starting in the centre
Repeat with the other eye
Do not apply to lower lid
After 16 weeks you can use this once or twice a week to maintain your eyelashes.
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