What is LATISSE® ?
LATISSE® is the first prescription product which has been approved by the FDA to grow thicker, fuller lashes in just 4 to 8 weeks of regular daily use. The product is manufactured by drug giant Allergan. The special LATISSE® formulation contains a material called bimatoprost, which has been shown to encourage the growth of new lashes that are thicker, fuller, and darker than lashes grown without the product. In fact, almost 80 percent of individuals who have used LATISSE® on a regular, prescribed basis have reported the growth of new lashes. Unlike thick mascara, which simply coats the outer shaft of lashes with dark material, LATISSE® results in the growth of additional natural lashes, which are darker than those grown without the product. The result is a more natural look, with all the advantages of thicker, fuller lashes.
Who is a candidate for LATISSE® ?
Any individual who wishes they had fuller, thicker upper lashes is a candidate for the LATISSE® treatment regimen. Even individuals with sensitive eyes can use the product, which was actually developed as a byproduct of a medication used to treat certain eye ailments. Generally, women who are pregnant or who are taking heart medications or antibiotics, as well as those with skin conditions or infections on the upper eyelids should not consider LATISSE® . If you are on any medications or suffer from any chronic illness, diseases, or other medical condition, you should discuss these considerations with your doctor prior to beginning the LATISSE® program.
Is the lash growth from LATISSE® permanent?
The eyelashes which result from the LATISSE® treatment maintain the same growth cycle as lashes grown without LATISSE® generally lasting for about 1 to 2 months before being shed naturally.
How does LATISSE® work?
LATISSE® is intended to be used on a daily basis, so you need to be sure you are able to maintain the regimen prior to beginning treatment. The application of LATISSE® takes only a minute or two, using the special applicators supplied with the LATISSE® product. LATISSE® is applied to the upper eyelids only – not the lower lids – at the base of the eyelashes, where the eyelash meets the skin of the upper lid. Prior to application, remove your contacts and wash your face, removing any makeup, creams, or moisturizers. The solution is applied one drop at a time to the special applicator, and a new applicator is used for each eye – applicators should never be reused. Once applied, any excess liquid should be blotted away with a dry tissue or gauze. Some individuals may experience temporary redness or itching in the eyes, but these generally resolve once the individual becomes used to the product.
When will I begin to see results from LATISSE® ?
With LATISSE® the results you see will develop gradually, over a period of weeks. You can expect to see the initial results of the treatment within 4 to 8 weeks of your initial application. The effects of LATISSE® will continue to develop until reaching their maximum potential at about 16 weeks after the first application of LATISSE® .
How many LATISSE® applications are needed?
The LATISSE® product is intended for every day use, and that schedule should be maintained for as long as you want to continue to see your new, thicker, fuller lashes. Once you stop regular treatments, your lashes will return to their pre-treatment appearance within 4 to 6 weeks, in most cases. Some individuals have reported that they are able to maintain the effects of LATISSE® by using the product only every other day following the initial 16-week period of daily treatments, but Allergan recommends daily usage be continued.
What are advantages of LATISSE® over other procedures and products?
Currently, LATISSE® is the only prescription product on the market which has been approved by the FDA for the growth of thicker, fuller, darker lashes. The only alternatives are darkening agents, such as mascara or eyelash dye, and false eyelashes. LATISSE® doesn’t rely on the use of prostheses, or on the use of thick makeup, but enables your own natural lashes to grow thicker and darker.
Is LATISSE® approved for use in USA?
Yes, LATISSE® is approved for use by prescription in the United States.
What is the cost of LATISSE® ?
LATISSE® is available from both treating physicians and from most pharmacies, and the price ranges from $110 to $150 per bottle. Each bottle contains enough applications to last about 45 days. Some physicians may offer discounts on purchases of multiple bottles, so be sure to ask.
Disclaimer: This information is intended only as an introduction to this procedure. This information should not be used to determine whether you will have the procedure performed nor does it guarantee results of your elective surgery. Further details regarding surgical standards and procedures should be discussed with your physician.
By Anti-Aging.org Staff
Updated: May 19, 2010