There is a new product on the market and it is Brooke Shields latest cause for action. Latisse is a solution for people who have hypotrichosis, which is a disease which means you don’t have enough eyelashes. Latisse looks to be one of those products which could be a huge bust. After doing a cursory amount of research on the product I found a number of interesting potential reasons why individuals may not want to use the product. While hypotrichosis is a real disease and eyelashes are important, the frequently asked questions page on Latisse.com raises perhaps the most troubling information of all.
While we all know our own individual experience with eyelashes ranges from unmentionable to unrecognized, the fact is that standards of beauty have been raised such that many women feel the need to have their eyelashes extended or replaced. Which woman doesn’t have an eyelash hurler somewhere in the depths of her bathroom? So now there is this prescription drug Latisse, which promises to change the game once again and turn this discussion on its head.
However as I said the latisse.com FAQ’s page presented the most damning reasons that many women may wish to consider not to use this product. For example, when a patient stops using Latisse, “your eyelashes are expected to return to their previous appearance over several weeks to months.” That means if you sign up for this program and you decide to begin taking Latisse, you won’t ever be able to stop taking Latisse. That seems to me like its fostering dependency rather than trying to cure a problem.
When the FAQ is asked, “How soon will I see results?” the answer is not very comforting: “Latisse users may see results at eight weeks with full results at 12 to 16 weeks. The growth is gradual overnight, over time.” So you “MAY” see results at 8 weeks and you “MAY” see results at 16 weeks. The only thing they sound sure about is that if you don’t see results after 16 weeks, you won’t see any results at all. I’d be very interested to know the statistics on this because it seems that customers should know the chances for their success or not before they invest their time and energy and resources into a product. But these facts are nowhere on the Latisse.com website.
Another troubling fact on the websites FAQ’s page makes me as a consumer of medical treatment even more concerned. When the question is posed on the website “How does LATISSE work?” the answer says: “Latisse is believed to affect the growth (anagen) phase of the eyelash hair cycle in two ways: first, it increases the length of this phase; and second, it increases the number of hairs in the growth phase. The exact way it works is unknown.” Well, isn’t that interesting? Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: A bunch of scientists get into a room, decide they’re going to put some stuff in a test tube, and next thing they know they’ve got the cure for hypotrichosis: Latisse!
So according to the Latisse.com website’s FAQ’s page, they are not sure how Latisse works, they’re not sure who will see results from Latisse, and they don’t give any information about the potential success rates from using Latisse. The only thing they seem to know is that if you don’t see results after 16 weeks you probably never will; and if you do see results and you stop taking the medicine, you will definitely go back to the way you were. That doesn’t sound like medical treatment I can put my faith in.