Latisse vs Eyelash Extensions?

Latisse vs Eyelash Extensions?

For all you ladies out there… who is looking to get longer and fuller eyelashes?

Eyelash extensions have gained a lot of popularity in Vancouver in recent years and there are many “lash bars” that have been popping up around the city.  Latisse was approved to be used in Canada last year, giving women more options to think about when it comes to getting longer and thicker eyelashes.  Here’s a comparison of the 2 options!

Eyelash Exensions

What:  Individual lashes are applied onto your own lashes with a special non-irritating adhesive and stays bonded for about 6 weeks

Cost:  Approximately $75 for a full set, but will need to be touched up about every 4-6 weeks for about $40

Pros:  No prescription is necessary, results are instantaneous, fewer possible side effects, and less expensive

Cons: More time consuming due to repeated appointments, less of a “natural look”, can be accidentally removed more easily


What:  The active ingredient is bimatoprost 0.03{4422c3e9d6d956ffe17c4a9703f8867adf328a271a08c00de098d82d34d0cfb5} ophthalmic solution (Lumigan) which is mainly used to treat glaucoma.  It is applied daily to the eyelashes and adds volume and length to eyelashes over 8-16 weeks.  Daily application is needed to keep the “full” look.

Cost:  Approximately $200 per bottle, with a fine brush a bottle can last up to 3 months

Pros: Less time consuming (just apply it daily at home), natural looking lashes

Cons:  More expensive, a prescription is needed, results don’t begin for 8-16 weeks, possible side effects (redness, hyperpigmentation of skin around the eyelids, itchiness)

Celebrities such as Claire Danes, Brooke Shields, and Jenny McCarthy use Latisse.  If you have any other questions about Latisse, contact us or your eyecare professional!

Vancouver Kerrisdale Optometrist

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