Eyelash Extensions vs. Latisse: Which is the Best Option for You?

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Few would say no to naturally long, lush eyelashes—but alas, few of us are dealt that winning genetic card. Luckily, today’s options to get longer, darker, and fuller lashes are much improved over what we had in the past—and don’t involve a single dreaded “press on.” We offer two of the most popular options here at The Parker Center: eyelash extensions and Latisse eyelash growth solution.

High-quality eyelash extensions are worth it—you can swim, cry, work out, and live your normal life without worrying about them. Latisse results are even more durable, but take time.

Both are excellent, and we have patients who swear by one or the other as their secret to lashes they love. But what’s really important is which option is right for you. While a personal consultation is the best way to find out, it can help to understand the pros and cons of each ahead of time. So let’s take a look: eyelash extensions vs. Latisse.

Eyelash Extensions: totally customizable, instant results, perfect for a special event

Eyelash extensions are made from a combination of natural and synthetic fibers, which are held to the lash line using a medical grade adhesive. Application by a specially trained makeup professional takes about one to two hours, as each extension is placed individually to blend in with your natural lashes. Your provider will help you choose the length, shape, and shade to best meet your needs. After treatment, your full results are ready instantly.

Cost varies depending on your location, the product used, and how many extensions you require, but expect between $100 and $300 for your first application with a slightly lower price for fill-ins. High-quality eyelash extensions are worth it—you can swim, cry, work out, and live your normal life without worrying about them.

What Are the Risks of Eyelash Extensions?

Eyelash extensions are very safe when performed by a trained, experienced makeup artist, but there are a few considerations:

  • Make sure you get a quality product. Because cheap lash extensions look cheap.
  • They last about 4 to 8 weeks, so you’ll need to repeat treatment to maintain your results. A significant proportion of our New Jersey eyelash extension patients are getting ready for a wedding, prom, or other special event—extensions are perfect for a short term dramatic boost.
  • After they start shedding, extensions can begin to look a little uneven. You can avoid this by scheduling touch-up treatments as recommended. In addition, some people do feel irritation if artificial lashes get in the eye when they shed.

Latisse® Eyelash Growth Solution: all-natural results that last with easy daily treatment

One of the most well-known eyelash growth options, Latisse is an FDA approved topical treatment that can help natural lashes grow fuller, longer, and darker with regular use. Fun fact: Latisse was discovered by accident—it was originally used as a glaucoma treatment. Patients were reporting eyelash growth after use, and the rest is history!

For optimal results, Latisse must be applied once daily to the upper eyelids (it only takes a few seconds per lash). Most patients experience noticeable lash growth after 8 weeks of regular use, with the most dramatic improvements occurring after 16 weeks. Results can last indefinitely with daily use, which makes Latisse a great option if you prefer an at-home treatment and all-natural, easy-to-maintain results.

Are there side effects of Latisse?

Serious side effects are very rare with Latisse, but there are a few to be aware of (from most common to least):

  • Eye itching or redness
  • Dryness and irritation
  • Unexpected hair growth in other areas (such as the brows)
  • Skin darkening around the eyes
  • Irreversible eye color change (although this effect has mainly been shown to occur in patients using it as a glaucoma medication)

We hope you have a clearer idea of the similarities and differences between Latisse and eyelash extensions after reading this. Maybe you’re even leaning toward one option—in any case, we invite you to get in touch with us at Parker Center with any questions. You can call us at 201.967.1212 or contact us online for more information. See you soon!

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