Not everyone is blessed with long, full eyelashes. Latisse® is a prescription treatment for hypotrichosis, which is inadequate or not enough lashes. Latisse® grows longer, thicker, fuller eyelashes over time, giving patients another option instead of the hassle of eyelash extensions. Read on for some facts about this popular treatment.
Latisse® was an accidental discovery. FDA-approved to grow lashes beginning in 2009, Latisse® was discovered when glaucoma patients were noticing lash-lengthening benefits from their glaucoma treatment. Bimatoprost has medical and cosmetic uses as it is a medication used to treat high pressure inside the eye, but is also clinically approved to treat small or underdeveloped eyelashes.
Apply Latisse® once a day. Starting with a clean face, apply Latisse® at night as part of your bedtime routine. Remove makeup and contacts before applying. You simply place one drop of Latisse® solution on a disposable sterile applicator and brush the applicator along the skin at the base of the eyelashes along the upper eyelid. You don’t apply to the lower lashes. More is not better – blot away any excess solution with a tissue.
Contact wearers can use Latisse®. If you wear contacts, you will remove them prior to applying Latisse®. You can reinsert them 15 minutes after applying the lash-lengthening treatment. The reason why you can’t wear contacts is that Latisse® can absorb into the contacts and cause discoloration of the lenses.
Great eyelashes don’t happen overnight. Latisse® works gradually but remarkably, with full results in 16 weeks. You’ll notice results beginning about a month after starting treatment with consistent use. Eyelash growth is a cyclical process, and eyelashes can be in different phases of growth. Latisse® prolongs the active growth phase, which gives your lashes more time to grow.
Consistent daily application is key. Once you begin treatment, you must follow instructions and apply the topical solution each night for the best results. Once you stop using Latisse®, eyelashes will return to their previous appearance over the next several weeks or months.