Thicken Inadequate Eyelashes
What is Latisse?
Latisse is an FDA approved bimatoprost formulation that is used to thicken inadequate eyelashes in a condition known as hypertrichosis. Technically, bimatoprost was used primarily in the treatment of glaucoma, but doctors took note of eyelash growth as one of its unexpected side effects and this led to the formulation of Latisse, which is intended solely for the purpose of increasing the length, thickness, and darkness of the eyelashes when used as indicated. Latisse is only available as a prescription medication and cannot be obtained over-the-counter.
How does it work?
The bimatoprost content of Latisse is able to influence the growth phase of the hair development cycle of the eyelashes by, first, increasing the length of the shafts of hair produced by the hair follicles and, second, increasing the number of the actual strands of hair that grow within each follicle. This results in remarkably longer and thicker eyelashes that develop gradually over the treatment period.
How do I use Latisse?
Latisse is recommended for once a day application onto the base of the upper eyelashes. Patients do not have to apply the solution onto the lower lashes because blinking several times will effectively disseminate Latisse on both the upper and lower eyelashes. In about four weeks, patients will begin to notice the difference in the length and thickness of their eyelashes as Latisse gradually stimulates hair growth. The desired results may take time to be achieved, with full eyelash growth usually reported around the 16th week of use.
How long will the results last?
The improvement in the appearance of the eyelashes will be maintained as long as the use of Latisse is continued. When the patient chooses to stop using Latisse, the eyelashes will eventually revert to how they originally were, usually taking a few months, or about the time of the average hair cycle of the eyelashes to go back to their normal state.
Are there any side effects with Latisse?
Possible side effects of using Latisse includes itchiness, redness, and dryness of the eyes with the possibility of darkened eyelids and pigmentation on the iris. Discontinuing the medication will resolve the darkening of the eyelids, but any changes in the color of the iris are most likely to be permanent. The patient must also be careful in the application of Latisse because accidental hair growth may occur as a result of misplacing the medication on other areas of the face. If not applied properly, the use of Latisse may also result in an uneven growth between the eyelashes in the left and right eyes.