I used to have nice long eyelashes when I was young. After I turned 40, they seemed to get thinner and shorter. No matter how much I piled on the mascara, my eyelashes didn’t look good.
I tried eyelash extensions with the talented Jackie Gillies, The Ornatrix, and loved them but they are a big time commitment. I wasn’t willing to spend my precious time getting my eyelashes touched up every month.
When we heard that Allergan was developing a product for eyelashes, I couldn’t wait to try it.
The new product would contain bimatoprost, an ingredient used to treat glaucoma. A positive side effect of this glaucoma treatment was the patients growing longer, thicker and darker eyelashes.
It felt like we were waiting forever for this product to be released.
In the meantime, I was still working in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Hamilton General Hospital. My next admission was an elderly lady with glaucoma and she was using bimatoprost eye drops. This was my chance to get an idea of how effective the new lash product would be!
My patient arrived from the operating room and she was still asleep after her open heart surgery. After the initial bustle of finding out how the surgery went and checking the patient over to make sure that she was doing well after the surgery, I got a chance to look at her eyelashes.
I remember so clearly this tiny 79 year old woman lying asleep in the bed and her eyelashes were these amazing dark fans. So thick! So long! I couldn’t wait for the new product to come so I could have eyelashes like that.
Finally in September 2010, I got my first Latisse kit and started using it every night.
It takes about 2 months to see the full effects of Latisse. After about 2 weeks, I could feel added weight on my eyelashes when I applied mascara. After 1 month, I could see some improvement. After 2 months, my eyelashes were longer, thicker and a little darker!
I’ve posted my Before and 2 month After pictures below.