Latisse for Longer Eyelashes

By: Vivacare - Dr. Mark Becker

Latisse for Longer LashesLatisse® (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.03% is an eyelash lengthening treatment that may be used to grow longer and fuller eyelashes. Latisse® is available by prescription-only.

Latisse® is a once-a-day treatment applied to the skin directly below the base of your upper eyelashes. A special applicator comes with the prescription to provide accurate placement of the medication.

How Does Latisse® Work?

Bimatoprost, the active ingredient of Latisse®, stimulates the growth of eyelashes.

All hairs on the body, including eyelashes go through a growth phase, followed by a stable, “resting” phase before falling out. If the growth phase lasts longer, the hairs will grow longer. If the resting phase lasts longer, there will be more hairs in the area.

The precise mechanism by which Latisse® leads to eyelash growth is unknown. However, research suggests that Latisse® increases the percent of hairs that are in the growth phase, and the length of time that they are in the resting phase.

As a result, the use of Latisse® can lead to longer, thicker, and darker eyelashes.

What Results Will I See After Using Latisse®?

Patients using Latisse® in a clinical trial saw positive results appear gradually over time (starting at 4 weeks with full results after 16 weeks).

The before and after images below from the manufacturer (Allergan) shows results from their case studies.

Latisse Results

Image courtesy of Allergan

Latisse may not provide satisfactory results for some people. Individual results will vary.

Directions for nightly use of Latisse®

Step 1: Before Applying

Before applying Latisse® each night, ensure your face is clean, makeup and contact lenses are removed, and any other facial care products have already been applied.

Step 2:  Prepare the Applicator

Remove an applicator from its tray. Then, holding the sterile applicator horizontally, place one drop of Latisse® solution on the area of the applicator closest to the tip but not on the tip.

Step 3: Apply to Skin Using the Applicator

Immediately draw the applicator carefully along the skin at the base of the upper eyelashes (where the eyelashes meet the skin) just as you would apply liquid eyeliner. This area should feel lightly moist without runoff.

Step 4: Blot Excess

Blot any excess solution beyond the eyelid with a tissue.

Step 5: Dispose of Applicator

Dispose of the applicator after one use. Repeat for opposite eyelid, using a new sterile applicator to help minimize any potential for contamination from one eyelid to another.