Q: What is Latisse?
A: Latisse is a bimatoprost ophthalmic solution 0.03%, originally developed and used as a glaucoma medication. In using the medication, many patients noticed that their eyelashes grew. Some even had to trim their lashes due to excessive length. Allergan, who owned the medication, began to market it as Latisse, for topical use in patients with “inadequate eyelashes.”
Q: How long has Latisse been on the market?
A: Although Latisse has been available for just over 6 months, its related safety record as an eye drop solution, spans over 10 years. Any medication that is used in the eye must be very safe.
Q: Why do I need a prescription for Latisse?
A: Latisse is not an over-the-counter medication. The FDA approved Latisse as a prescription medication to treat hypotrichosis, i.e. reduced amount of eyelash growth. Using Latisse can result in eyelash improvement of 105% in thickness and over 25% in length.
Q: How does Latisse work?
A: Latisse is thought to affect the growth stage of eyelashes by increasing the duration of the growth phase while increasing the number of hairs in the growth phase.
Q: How is Latisse used?
A: Latisse is applied to the base of the upper eyelashes nightly for 16 weeks. After 16 weeks, the application can be reduced to every 2-3 days to maintain growth. Latisse is not applied to the lower eyelashes. However, during sleep some of the medication will diffuse across to these lashes increasing them as well.
Q: How long does Latisse take to work?
A: Most people begin to see an increase in their lashes after about 3 or 4 weeks. By 16 weeks the lashes will have reached their full length and thickness. Discontinuation of Latisse will result in a return of the lashes to their previous state.
Q: Is Latisse expensive?
A: From most plastic surgeons, the price of Latisse is about 100-120 dollars for a one-month supply.
Q: Are there alternatives to Latisse that work the same way?
A: There are no comparable products on the market right now. Other eyelash enhancement products that claim to increase eyelash thickness and length are usually conditioners, which don’t stimulate eyelash growth.