Latisse is an FDA approved medication that is designed to promote the growth of thicker, longer, and healthier eyelashes. This is a clinically approved and generally safe medication that can cause noticeable cosmetic benefits for patients who qualify as good candidates.
Latisse was initially used in prescription eye drops to treat glaucoma under the name Lumigan. However, patients using these eye drops noticed that thicker and longer eyelashes came as an unexpected side effect. Researchers quickly realized the benefits that Lumigan could provide to people suffering from hypotrichosis, a condition that includes the loss or reduction of eyelashes, or those that were trying to achieve the appearance of thicker, longer eyelashes.
So how does Latisse work?
Latisse contains a lipid compound called bimatoprost. When used to treat glaucoma it works by lowering pressure within the eye. For cosmetic benefits, Latisse works by lengthening the period by which hair grows, along with the number of hairs that are produced. In this case, Latisse is not placed in the eye but is brushed along the lash line of the upper eyelid using the provided applicator. As reported by the Mayo Clinic Latisse “…encourages growth of longer, thicker, and darker eyelashes” with regular applications along the upper eyelid. Results are usually noted within one month of treatment.
Treatment does not result in permanent changes. When treatments are stopped, eyelashes will eventually return to their original appearance.
As with any medication, it’s important to understand safe usage instructions. Latisse works similarly to daily contacts where applicators should not be re-used to help prevent dry, irritated, and itchy eyes. Latisse has been proven safe in clinical trials, but some patients with pre-existing conditions are unable to use it. Patients with uveitis, eyelid dermatitis, ocular hypertension, or select other conditions may not be able to use Latisse.
If you are considering using Latisse, you should consult a dermatologist before use. You can connect with our team at our contact page here.
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