Latisse is a growth treatment for lashes that are shorter and thinner than you would like. It is a one-of-a-kind lash growth product that is FDA approved and only available by prescription. This means that you will have to consult with a doctor, preferably your dermatologist, to determine if it is right for you.
Latisse makes eyelash growth possible because of its active ingredient, bimatoprost, whose precise mechanism of action is undefined, but is believed to affect the growth phase of the hair cycle in the eyelashes in two ways. First, it increases the length of the hair shaft during the growth phase, and second, it increases the number of hair strands that grows out of each follicle during the same phase.
The history behind LATISSE®. Although Latisse is a treatment that is now being used to help patients improve on their inadequate or insufficient eyelashes, it started out as a drug component for the treatment of glaucoma. Hair growth was one of the side effects evident during treatment with the drug. This prompted the experts at Allergan, an industry leading pharmaceutical firm with years and of expertise in eye care products, to develop a drug of similar composition that can be specifically used for the purpose of eyelash growth.
Eyelash growth will not happen overnight. It is important to note that LATISSE® solution works gradually, with full results at week 16.
Latisse Clinical Trial:
“The LATISSE® clinical study was conducted at 16 sites across the country and included 278 participants of varying ages (22 to 78). The study tested LATISSE® solution and a vehicle (or placebo), which was LATISEE® without its active ingredient. Neither patients nor Clinical Investigators knew which group received what treatment. By week 16, the results showed that 78% (107/137) of participants experienced a significant increase in overall eyelash prominence (including elements of length, fullness and darkness), compared to 18% (26/141) for the vehicle group.”
Once you begin, you must continue applying the topical solution each night and follow the directions for best results. If you stop using LATISSE® at any time, your eyelashes will return to their previous appearance over several weeks to months.
If you use/used prescription products for eye pressure problems, use LATISSE® under doctor care. LATISSE® may cause increased brown pigmentation of the colored part of the eye which is likely permanent. Eyelid skin darkening may occur and may be reversible. Only apply at the base of upper lashes. DO NOT APPLY to lower lid. Hair may grow on skin that LATISSE® frequently touches. If you have eye problems/surgery, consult your doctor about use of . Common side effects are itchy and red eyes. If discontinued, lashes gradually return to previous appearance.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA.
Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.