The medication bimatoprost — which is marketed under the brand name LATISSE® — is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat inadequate eyelashes (hypotrichosis). The technology behind using bimatoprost for eyelash growth came as an unexpected side effect of the brand Lumigan- prescription eyedrops used to treat glaucoma.
LATISSE® is the first and only FDA-approved prescription treatment for inadequate eyelashes, growing them longer, fuller and darker.
The makers of LATISSE® have introduced a new app which allows you to visualize a change in your lashes. The new iLashStudio app shows you how LATISSE® would give you longer and darker lashes, with more than double lash fullness in 16 weeks.
How do you use LATISSE®?
You must get LATISSE® from your doctor and precisely follow instructions. This solution is a once-a-day treatment you apply topically to the base of your upper eyelashes. Then, gradually, you will see the results. You may start to see more length in as little as 4 weeks andyou should achieve full growth in 16 weeks. It’s not an illusion of growth. It’s your own eyelashes — only better.
How does LATISSE® work?
LATISSE® makes lash growth possible because of its active ingredient: bimatoprost. Although the precise mechanism of action is unknown, LATISSE® is believed to affect the growth (anagen) phase of the eyelash hair cycle in two ways: first, it increases the length of this phase, and second, it increases the number of hairs in this growth phase.
Are there side effects of LATISSE®?As with any hair growth product, there are potential side effects which can be minimized by following yourdoctor’s instructions on product application. That being said, we want our patients to be aware of possible risks.
Potential side effects of Latisse include:
- Itchy, red eyes
- Dry eyes
- Darkened eyelids
- Darkened brown pigmentation in the colored part of the eye (iris)
- Hair growth around the eyes if the medication regularly runs or drips off the eyelids
Although darkened eyelids might fade when the medication is stopped, any changes in iris color are likely to be permanent.