Latisse is an FDA approved medication designed to promote the growth of thicker, longer, and healthier eyelashes in 8-10 weeks. This is a clinically approved and generally safe medication that can cause noticeable cosmetic benefits for patients who qualify as good candidates.
Latisse was initially used in prescription eye drops to treat glaucoma under the name Lumigan. However, patients using these eye drops noticed that thicker and longer eyelashes came as an unexpected side effect. Researchers quickly realized the benefits that Lumigan could provide to people suffering from hypotrichosis, a condition that includes the loss or reduction of eyelashes, or those that were trying to achieve the appearance of thicker, longer eyelashes.
How does Latisse work?
Latisse works by lengthening the period by which hair grows, along with the number of hairs that are produced. In this case, Latisse is not placed in the eye but is brushed along the lash line of the upper eyelid using the provided applicator. Then as you blink, the drug spreads to your lower lash line automatically.
Latisse encourages growth of thicker, darker, and longer eyelashes with regular applications along the upper eyelid. Patients usually note results within one month of treatment.
However, treatment does not result in permanent changes. When the treatment is stopped, your eyelashes will eventually return to their original appearance.
What to Know About Using Latisse
As with any medication, it’s important to understand how to use Latisse safely. Latisse works similarly to daily contacts where applicators should not be re-used to help prevent dry, irritated, and itchy eyes. It has been proven safe in clinical trials, but some patients with pre-existing conditions are unable to use it. If you have uveitis, eyelid dermatitis, ocular hypertension, or select other conditions, you may not be able to use Latisse.
Schedule a Consultation
Our highly experienced team can help you determine whether Latisse is right for you. Latisse is very safe for those who qualify for the treatment, and it is a prescription medication.
To schedule a Latisse consultation, please call 209.337.7546.