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Latisse

Latisse is an eyelash serum that boosts hair growth for longer, thicker, fuller lashes. Researchers believe its active ingredient, bimatoprost, prolongs lashes’ natural growth phase so they grow longer, more quickly. In one manufacturer study, participants who used this serum saw 25% longer, 106% thicker, and 18% darker eyelashes after 16 weeks, compared to a control group who didn’t use it.

Because Latisse can supercharge the growth phase of any hair, it’s also commonly used to grow thicker eyebrows.

  • Clinical studies show that lashes gradually grow longer, thicker, and darker with consistent use. 
  • People report beginning to see longer lashes in as little as four weeks, with maximum lash growth at 16 weeks. 
  • Although you’ll first need to see a doctor to get a prescription, it’s an easy at-home treatment you can apply yourself. You can buy Latisse through the practice or through an online telemedicine site. 
  • Generic versions available at the same concentration are FDA approved.

Is Latisse safe?

Approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2008, Latisse is considered safe. Its active ingredient, bimatoprost, mimics hormonelike compounds involved in the body’s healing response. Bimatoprost ophthalmic solution and similar drugs have been widely used and considered safe for the treatment of glaucoma and eye pressure in the United States since 1996. Patients noticed that a side effect of their glaucoma eye drops (marketed under the name Lumigan) was eyelash growth, which led to the use of bimatoprost in hair-growth serums.

Latisse is available only by prescription, but many doctors offer virtual consults and e-commerce transactions—which is nice during these times and also great for busy people who just don’t have the time to stop in for a consult, quick as it may be. Consultations rule out any eye conditions that would make it unsafe to use. Your provider will also make recommendations on how to use it for the best results (with minimal side effects).

Don’t use Latisse if you have a stye, infection, macular edema, swelling, degeneration of the eye, or an artificial lens. If you’re allergic to prostaglandin, you’re not a good candidate for it either.  The FDA hasn’t approved its use for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, giving it a “Category C” rating which means it caused adverse effects in animal studies but hasn’t yet been tested on humans. 

If you have any eye redness, loss in vision, swelling, itchiness, or complications related to the product, contact your dermatologist or eye doctor immediately.

How do you use Latisse?

Latisse should be applied daily. It’s typically recommended to use it as part of your nighttime routine, after you’ve washed off any makeup, sweat, or oil and taken out contact lenses.

You can wear mascara and any other eye makeup products you regularly use during the day, and apply Latisse to clean lashes at night.

This eyelash-growth serum comes in a dropper bottle, with sterile single-use applicator brushes. You place one drop on the applicator brush and sweep it across the skin of the upper lash line, at the very base of your lashes, as close as possible but not actually on the hairs themselves—you want it to reach the follicles. Then you repeat the same process with a different applicator brush for the other eye. The applicators should be discarded after each use to prevent the spread of bacteria and possible infection.

Take care not to get any excess Latisse in or around your eye, or on the lower lid, as this could result in irritation or eyelid skin darkening. Use blot around the eyes with tissue to prevent this from happening. It’s also important not to touch the tip of the bottle or applicator brush to other objects, surfaces, or fingers, to avoid contamination.

Latisse is for the upper eyelid only — not for the lower eyelashes, due to the risk of their curling into your eyes.

How long does it take for Latisse to work?

Longer, fuller lashes are typically seen after two to four months of consistent use. Some people notice changes in as little as a month.

If your lashes have been pulled out by the root or fallen out, it will take longer to regrow them. Latisse will prolong the length of time lash hairs are in the growth cycle, but they must be in the growth cycle first.

If you miss a dose or two, you can continue to apply the product and still see results. Missing applications of Latisse won’t cause any negative effects, but continuing to forget applications can cause results to plateau.

The bottom line is that Latisse requires a bit of patience and discipline. Many others found their results well worth the wait.

Can you use Latisse on your eyebrows?

Latisse isn’t FDA-approved for brows, but many have used it off-label “with excellent results.” If you have thin brows and prefer the Cara Delevingne look, Latisse can probably set you on your way.

Can you use Latisse along with lash extensions?

Many people have noticed that lash extensions cause their eyelashes to thin or fall out, so lash technicians and dermatologists often recommend using Latisse prior to an extension appointment. Those who start the product early find that their fallout rate is lower.  Plus, with new growth from Latisse, you’ll have more lashes on which to attach extensions, allowing for a fuller effect. 

You can also use Latisse along with a lash lift for more dramatic results.

Is Latisse permanent?

Latisse is not a permanent solution for longer eyelashes. You’ll need to commit to applying the product for as long as you want your enhanced lashes to last. Once you stop using it, your lashes will return to their original length within a few months. 

Once you’ve achieved the lashes you want, you may be able to decrease your use to maintain them. Some patients, once they achieve the length and fullness that they like, reduce their use to every other day, with good results.

Latisse Before and After

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