What is Latisse?
Latisse is the first FDA approved medication used for lengthening eyelashes and is available by prescription only. The active ingredient is 0.03% bimatoprost. Latisse is safe and effective; it has been shown to result in longer, thicker, and darker eyelashes.
How does Latisse work?
The active ingredient in Latisse is bimatoprost, which has been used by ophthalmologists for the treatment of elevated eye pressure in patients with glaucoma. Doctors noticed that the same patients treated with this medication developed longer, thicker eyelashes. Latisse is thought to extend the duration of the eyelash growth cycle, however the exact mechanism of action is not known.
How is Latisse commonly used?
Latisse is only approved for the treatment of the eyelashes and should only be applied to the upper eyelash with the applicator. Transfer of the medication occurs to the lower eyelash in the process of blinking.
How long does it take to see results from Latisse?
Latisse is proven to be highly effective, with eyelashes typically growing 25% longer, 106% thicker and 18% darker with regular use. Latisse is compatible with cosmetic use, such as mascara and eye shadow. The product is applied daily directly to the eyelid with a sterile, disposable applicator and can be used in addition to mascara.
If Latisse application is stopped, eyelashes will return to their previous appearance within several weeks or months. Those considering Latisse should receive a professional evaluation to be sure they are good candidates for the treatment. Schedule a consultation with double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Deidra Blanks.
Directions for applying Latisse
Administering Latisse is easy. Patients use disposable applicators to apply a drop of Latisse to the base of their upper eyelashes only each night before bedtime. Results occur gradually over time and can be seen as early as 4 weeks. However, full results are seen at 16 weeks. Without continued treatment, results will gradually diminish.
Are their side effect of using Latisse?
The most common side effects reported with the use of Latisse are an itching sensation of the eyes or eye redness. Many who experienced this found that with continued use and proper application, these side effects resolved. Less common side effects include eyelid skin darkening or redness, eye irritation or dryness, and darkening of the colored portion of the eye.