You’ve probably heard about Latisse since it’s been on the market since December of 2008. And we’re sure you have also probably wondered what it was exactly, and how it worked. Is it safe for your eyes? Do you need a prescription? Will it really lengthen, thicken and darken your eyelashes?
What is Latisse?
Latisse is actually an eye drop form of a glaucoma drug named “bimatoprost”. The original drug has been in use since it was FDA approved in 2001. However, eye doctors and their glaucoma patients began to notice that their eyelashes were growing longer, thicker, lusher eyelashes over time as a result of the medication. So in late 2008, the FDA gave its approval for the eye drops to be used as an enhancement product for eyelashes.
How Does Latisse Work?
Believe it or not, no one fully understands the process of how Latisse lengthens, thickens and darkens your eyelashes. But here’s what we do know. Similarly to the hair on your head, eyelashes sprout, grow for a little while and eventually fall out. Latisse extends both the growth phase of your eyelashes and also increases the number of hairs that sprout at any given time.
You apply Latisse by lightly dabbing the applicator on the upper lash line every night. The product will spread to your lower lash line automatically as you blink (similar to applying eye drops). Never apply it directly in your eye or on your lower eyelid. Also, make sure your face is clean and if you wear contacts, make sure that you remove them prior to application. Lastly, never reuse the Latisse applicators because this can cause an allergic reaction or even worse, an eye infection.
Is Latisse Safe?
According to clinical studies conducted before FDA approval, Latisse eyelash lengthener is safe for most people. There are certain risks associated with the use of any drug and Latisse is no different. The side effects can range from allergic reactions to eye infections (that’s why we recommend using each applicator one time only). Pregnant and nursing mothers should refrain from using this product.
If you’re taking certain IOP-lowering medications for glaucoma or ocular hypertension, it best that you consult with your eye doctor before trying Latisse so that he/she can keep a close eye on your eye pressure. If you experience any of the above mentioned side effects, or any vision problems, allergic reactions or eye infections, you should let your doctor know immediately.
Does It Really Work?
Typically, most people see results after about 6 – 8 weeks of nightly use. Once you reach the 10 – 12 week mark we typically recommend reducing your treatment schedule to every 2 – 3 days.