Eyelashes highlight and frame one of our most important facial features—the eyes. For that reason, many people desire more prominent lashes. Coastal Dermatology Center offers a product called Latisse that stimulates eyelash growth, giving patients with inadequate lashes thicker, longer, fuller lashes.
What is Latisse?
Latisse is an FDA-approved treatment to grow eyelashes for people with inadequate or not enough lashes. It has been studied for safety and efficacy, but it is available only by prescription, in order to ensure proper usage and dosage.
Latisse was invented in the early 2000s, when Allergan developed a medicated eye drop to treat ocular hypertension. But patients who took the drug experienced the side effect of unusual eyelash growth, and thus, Latisse was created, using the same active ingredient, bimatoprost.
How is Latisse Used?
Latisse is a treatment you apply to the base of your upper eyelashes. It can be applied any time of day, but we recommend using it in the evening after you’ve thoroughly cleaned the skin around your eye and removed your contact lenses and any eye makeup. Using the applicator brush provided in the package, place one drop of Latisse along the base of the upper eyelid. Do the same for your other eye, using a separate brush to avoid contamination. After applying, blot off any excess fluid. Do not apply Latisse to your lower eyelid, or excess growth could occur. And while Latisse is not harmful to your eye, you should do your best to avoid dripping the treatment in your eye.
How Long Do I Need to Use Latisse?
Apply Latisse once daily as directed for 16 weeks to see maximum results. Do not apply more than once a day, even if you miss a day.
Are There Any Side Effects?
The side effect most frequently reported is an itching sensation or redness around the eye. Other, less common side effects include skin darkening, eye irritation, eye dryness or redness of the eyelids. Very rarely, patients with brown or hazel eyes experienced darkening of their iris.
What are the Long-Term Results?
Latisse causes lashes to grow gradually, so patients should not expect results right away. However, most patients will see longer lashes in about four weeks, with full growth at 16 weeks. In a clinical study, patients treated with Latisse experienced a 25% increase in lash length, a 106% increase in lash fullness, and an 18% increase in lash darkness.
Is Latisse Right for Me?
Latisse is not appropriate for people who are allergic to certain ingredients in the product or who are under care for certain eye conditions. If you’re curious about Latisse or considering it as an option for you, we suggest starting the conversation by scheduling an initial consultation with our specialist. At Coastal Dermatology & Surgery Center, we are here to talk to you about any questions you might have regarding the treatment. Contact our office today if you’re ready to take the next steps toward fuller, darker, longer eyelashes.