Our lashes tend to be long and thick throughout our youth, but a natural thinning occurs as we age. LATISSE® has been proven to reverse this decline in lash growth. It is the first and only FDA approved cosmetic treatment used to treat people with too few lashes. With Latisse, lashes can again achieve a longer, fuller, and thicker appearance.
HOW DOES LATISSE WORK?
Latisse contains an ingredient called Bimatoprost that is known to enhance lash growth. It was originally used to treat eye conditions like glaucoma.
It is believed that Latisse affects the growth phase of the eyelashes. It does this in two ways. First, it increases the length of time that your eyelashes are in the growth phase. Second, it increases the number of eyelashes that are in the growth phase. The result is longer, thicker and fuller lashes.
It is important to note that with Latisse, eyelash growth works gradually, with most patients seeing full results around the end of week 16. After four months of treatment, most patients then will go into “maintenance dosage” and use LATISSE® two or three times a week. After stopping the use of Latisse, eyelash growth will cease and patients’ eyelashes will return to the length that they were before they started the treatment.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW MUCH DOES LATISSE COST?
Latisse comes in a 5 ml bottle (containing ~150 drops) that costs $179. After initial treatment, most patients find that they can maintain beautiful lashes for less than $15 a month.
HOW DO I KNOW IF LATISSE IS RIGHT FOR ME?
HOW DO I KNOW IF LATISSE IS RIGHT FOR ME?
Latisse is very safe for most people. Complications from Latisse tend to be rare and mild and can usually be avoided.
Longer, lush lashes with Latisse.
HOW TO GET THE MOST FROM LATISSE
Hair (including eyelashes) goes through a growth phase and a resting phase. The longer the growth phase, the longer and thicker the hair. As you might expect, the growth phase of the hair on your head is much longer than the growth phase of your eyelashes. That is why the hair on your head grows long and full, and your eyelashes are much shorter and thinner. Latisse works by stimulating hair growth by keeping it in the growth phase for longer.
The trick to getting the best results from Latisse is to make sure that you get just enough of it on the base of your eyelashes. Any Latisse that gets onto other skin is just a waste of money. Even more importantly, Latisse placed in the wrong place can cause side effects (like unwanted hair growth and darkening of the skin).
Here are the special instructions that we tell our patients when they get Latisse. Please remember that these are “off label” suggestions. In other words, ideas that are different than the official FDA recommendations. To read the official FDA medication guide go to here.
1. The brush that comes with the Latisse is not ideal. It is a bit too thick. For that reason we suggest that you use a thinner brush to apply the medication. Your two choices are: a) Buy a good lip liner or eye liner brush at the drug store and use that (just keep it clean) b) Carefully cut about 75% of the bristles off of the brush that comes with the Latisse, to make it thinner c) At the very least use the same applicator for both eyes. The result of using a different (or modified) brush is that you will be able to target the Latisse to the exact spot it is needed (at the base of the lashes) without wasting any of the medication or getting the medication on the skin where it can cause side effects.
2. You can get your bottle of Latisse to last much longer if you get the most out of each drop. The way you do that is to use just one drop each day. Here is how to do that: a) Place one drop in the cap of the bottle b) dip the brush in the cap and apply to one upper eyelid c) dip the brush in the cap again into the cap and apply to the second upper lid. (you can even use the excess on your eyebrows)
3. There is no need to apply the Latisse to the lower eyelashes. Just by blinking some will get to your lower eyelid and that is enough to make those lashes grow.
4. If you get any Latisse on the outside corners of your eyelid (past where you want lashes) or on the skin under your eye, wipe it off. Remember, Latisse can make hair grow where you don’t want it and it can make your skin temporarily darker. If either of those things do happen, don’t worry because those problems are reversible if you stop putting Latisse on that skin.