LATISSE® solution is a prescription treatment for hypotrichosis used to grow eyelashes, making them longer, thicker and darker. Eyelash hypotrichosis is another name for having inadequate or not enough eyelashes.
LATISSE® is the only FDA-approved treatment that grows lashes longer, fuller and darker. There are many eyelash treatments available, but only LATISSEâ is FDA-approved for safety and efficacy. The active ingredient in LATISSEâ® is bimatoprost, which has been use for many years to treat elevated intraocular pressure. While on this medication, many patients noticed they had longer, fuller and darker lashes.
It comes in a small bottle, like a bottle of eyedrops. Using a thin brush, you apply it nightly to your upper lid, at the base of the lashes, similar to how you’d apply liquid eyeliner. For best results, LATISSE® needs to be used once a day for 16 weeks. Using LATISSE® more than once a day will not grow your lashes faster or improve the effectiveness of the product.
The most common side effects after using LATISSE® solution are an itching sensation in the eyes and/or eye redness. Some patients have also reported eyelid redness and darkening of eyelid skin. There have been no reported changes to eye color with the use of LATISSE®.
The effects with LATISSE® are gradual, some may start to notice longer lashes after about a month and many should experience full results in approximately four months (16 weeks). This is similar to the clinical trial results, but individual results may vary. Just like it takes some time for LATISSE® to work, if use of LATISSE® is discontinued, eyelashes will return to their previous appearance over the course of several weeks to months.