The Off-Label, At-Home Secret That’s Being Used for Better Brows

If you love the look of thick, bold brows but are having trouble achieving them, you may want to give Latisse—the popular prescription product that changed the eyelash game—a try.

“Latisse is safe to use on the eyebrows, although it is considered an off-label use,” says Troy, MI, plastic surgeon Anthony Youn, MD. “Many doctors are testing it on their patients as a way to regrow eyebrows that are overplucked and waxed.”

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As Miami dermatologist S. Manjula Jegasothy, MD, explains, Latisse was originally formulated as Lumigan, a glaucoma (increased eye pressure) eye-drop medication. “When it was used for this purpose, more than 10 years ago, many ophthalmologists and patients found that it would grow their eyelashes as well. Allergan then did studies to pursue the effectiveness of Latisse for eyelash growth, which has now been proven. Many board-certified plastic surgeons and dermatologists are now using Latisse to grow eyebrows in the same manner as eyelashes. The mechanism behind this side effect remains unknown, but may have to do with the drug enhancing growth factor levels as well. This remains unproven.”

Dr. Youn does warn that you do need to be careful when applying Latisse, and having a little patience is a plus. “Don't let it stream down your cheek or place it in areas that you aren't OK with growing hair. And like Latisse for the eyelashes, results can take six to eight weeks to really appreciate.”

8 Comments
  • fiona
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    Is Latisse perscription only? I am living in Ireland and just wondering how to source it? any advise....tnx

  • Rosemary
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    It is widely communicated that it MAY change eye color. But, HEY! I have brown eyes...and pre-cursors to glaucoma on top of that. This product has been a boon to me on all fronts (including my brows). If you have blue eyes...stay away from this stuff altogether if you are worried about any possible change in your eye color. Otherwise, I can fix both brows and lashes to an extent. I truly over-plucked my eyebrows for many years, and so I have no idea if my re-growth was typical. But my regrowth pretty darn good, and way better than it was five years ago.

  • Sheri D
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    Latisse can change the eye color in blue eyed individuals because when you apply to your lashes the product may come in contact with your eye and iris. This was seen in glaucoma patients in the studies where the products is actually administered into the eye. If Latisse is dos not come in contact with the eye and iris, (it should not if applied sparingly to the brow) there should not be a risk of color change to the iris.

  • Ann m
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    I have been using latisse on eyelashes for 6 years & it has worked wonders. They are so much longer, thicker & darker. I have very light blue eyes and there has been no darkening. The risk is mostly theoretical & is almost unheard of with correct usage. I did try it in my eyebrows without ant noticeable improvement. I too had lost the outer third of my brows to a thyroid condition.

  • Shelly
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    I started using the lash boost from Rodan + Fields for this very same reason and it worked incredibly. I was too worried about all of the side effects from Latisse so was excited when my company launched this new product. My eyelashes have grown and now I have the tails of my eyebrows back. #winwin

  • KatyL
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    @Leslie B - Only if you get it in your eye.

  • Eileen
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    Latisse has been used for years (off label) for enhancing eyebrow growth to great effect. Nothing will cause hair to grow where there are no hair follicles, but where there are follicles, the hair will come in a thIcker, darker, and remain longer which gives an overall thicker appearance to the brows. It must be used nightly until your brows have responded (Be patient! It takes time.) and then you can cut back to 3-4 times a week for maintenance. As soon as you stop using it, your brows will gradually return to their normal density. I started using it when my thyroid started slowing down and I began losing the tails of my brows and it worked beautifully. Of course, you might have a different experience but there are legions of women using Latisse for brows.

  • Leslie B
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    Latisse is known to darken the iris, meaning that your eye color can change. Does anyone know that if you use it for eyebrows, it would do the same to your eye color?

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