Latisse and Alternatives for Eyebrow Hair Growth

Q:

How to get Longer EyelashesI would like to have thicker eyebrows.  I heard Latisse could help, so I bought it and have been trying it.  I know I have to use it for a while before I see results, but I am wondering if there is a cheaper option, since Latisse is expensive.  Careprost, Lumigan, Travoprost and Bimatoprost are all alternatives that I see people write about online as a cheaper alternatives.  Do you have a recommendation?

 

A:

Bimatoprost is the scientific name of a synthetic prostamide anolog that is used for treatment of glaucoma (an ocular disorder that results in optic nerve damage through increased pressure of fluid inside eyes).  This medication and other prostamides can also increase the growth phase of hair follicles.  This will lead to longer and fuller eyelashes.  Prostamides like Bimatoprost were tried for treatment of eyebrow hair successfully as well.

There are a different types of prostamides such as:

  • Bimatoprost (with brand names such as: Latisse, Careprost and Lumigan)
  • Travoprost (Brand name: Travatan)
  • Latanoprost (Brand name: Xalatan)

All these prostaglandins come with different prices and different concentrations, but according to the American Academy of Optometry, all three ophthalmic drugs (bimatoprost, latanoprost, and travoprost) are effective treatments for increasing eyelash growth.

 

References

  1. Topical Bimatoprost for the Treatment of Eyebrow Hypotrichosis
  2. The Cosmetic Effects of Bimatoprost vs. Latanoprost vs. Travoprost vs. Placebo on Eyelash Growth