What is Latisse Exactly?

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 7-Nov-2013

latissesmallAre your eyelashes short or thin? Do you wish you had longer, fuller eyelashes? Latisse® is a product that can help you achieve the look you’re hoping for. Latisse® spurs growth of longer, fuller, darker eyelashes, no trips to the salon for false lashes required.

It is the only prescription treatment for eyelashes approved by the FDA, but it’s discovery wasn’t entirely intentional. Latisse is a version of the glaucoma drug called Lumigan® (bimatoprost). Doctors and glaucoma patients began noticing that longer, lusher eyelashes appeared over time as a side effect of the drug.

How does it work?

The exact mechanism that causes the growth of longer, fuller eyelashes is unknown. Research suggests that the active ingredient, bimatoprost increases the percent of hairs in and the growth phase of the lashes. When applied once a day to the base of the upper eyelashes, Latisse® is clinically proven to increase length and thickness of eyelashes in 12 to 16 weeks.

What are the side effects?

Some users in clinical trials experienced itchy, red eyes, but many found those side effects to subside once they grew accustomed to the product. Others found that they did not experience these side effects if they applied the product properly.

Less common side effects of Latisse may occur on or close to the skin near where the Latisse is applied, or in the eyes. These side effects include eye irritation, dryness or redness of the eye and skin darkening.

Does it really work?

In clinical trials of Latisse, 70 percent of participants experienced a significant increase in overall eyelash prominence, including length, fullness and darkness after 16 weeks of using the product.

Success is at least partially dependent on proper use of the product. Store the product near your other skincare products or maybe even your toothbrush and incorporate application of Latisse® into your nightly routine. If you miss a dose at night, do not try to make it up by applying two doses the following day.

You'll also need to be patient. Latisse® takes time to work, you won’t notice a difference overnight, or even after a few weeks. Most participants in a clinical study did not notice full results until they had been using the product for 16 weeks. Chart your progress over time to track your own “before and after” success with the product.

Because Latisse® is applied around the eyes, it's important that you remove any eye makeup and excessive oil buildup with soap and water before applying the medication. Only use a sterile, FDA-approved applicator provided in your kit. Don’t attempt to apply Latisse® with a cotton swab, and don’t let the tip of the bottle or applicator come in contact with your fingers or any other unintended surface to avoid contamination.

For more information on Latisse®, contact the Key-Whitman Eye Center.

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