Allergan, the company behind blockbuster treatments like Botox and Juvederm, also markets Latisse, the only product approved by the FDA for stimulation of eyelash length and thickness. Latisse is also known as bimatoprost, has been sold under the brand name Lumigan for years for treatment of increased intraocular pressure and glaucoma. Scientists noticed that use of Lumigan, which is available as a prescription eye drop, stimulated growth of eyelashes, probably due to prevention of shedding. Latisse allows lashes to grow longer until they have reached their maximum length. The treatment must be continued 2-3 times weekly to maintain growth and length. Latisse may also be useful for stimulation of eyebrow growth.
If you begin using Latisse, you should see significant improvement in growth of your eyelashes within 4 to 8 weeks, although it may take up to three months in some patients. When your lashes are the length you desire, you can minimize your applications to two or three times weekly to maintain your results. After discontinuing application of Latisse, lashes will begin shedding normally and will quickly return to their original condition within 4 weeks. Latisse works to improve hair growth by increasing the duration and percent of hair in the growth phase.
To apply Latisse, you will place one drop on an applicator and apply evenly along the skin or the upper eyelid at the base of your eyelashes, once daily, usually at bedtime. Remove contact lenses and eye make up before applying Latisse. You should only apply Latisse with a single use sterile applicator provided in the package, using a tissue to blot any excess solution on the outside of the upper lid margin. Latisse should not be applied to lower lashes. A clean applicator should always be used for the second eye. The manufacturer recommends only one application per eye nightly, since additional applications have not demonstrated increased growth of lashes. If you wear contact lenses, you can reinsert them 15 minutes after your application.
Although Latisse costs about $120 per bottle (with a two- month supply,) there are discounts and rebates available from the manufacturer from time to time. Some patients have asked about trying Lumigan, which is the glaucoma drug that contains a lower concentration of bimatoprost. You should be aware that Lumigan has not been approved by the FDA for eyelash treatment. To minimize cost, apply only as much as you need. A full drop, recommended by the manufacturer for each eye treatment, may be more than you actually require.
Latisse is only available by prescription. If you are interested in Latisse for your eyelashes, call us today for a consultation. If Latisse is right for you, we can help you get started on the path to thicker, longer eyelashes.