Latisse is a prescription treatment for hypotrichosis, or thinning eyebrows and eyelashes. According to the product website, “Latisse is the first and only medication FDA-approved to grow lashes longer, fuller, darker.”
The active ingredient in Latisse is bimatoprost ophthalmic solution 0.03%, which has been shown to increase eyelash growth for some people. Therefore, you should only take this treatment under a healthcare provider’s supervision.
What Does It Do?
Latisse is an FDA-approved treatment to grow eyelashes longer, fuller and darker. The medication is applied topically to the lash line on the upper lid once per day. Within a few weeks, the lashes will become longer and thicker. In some cases, users experience complete growth within 8 weeks. Eyelashes continue to grow in the months and years following the initial treatment as well.
It’s important to consult a doctor before using this medication to ensure you are not at risk of any of the possible side effects. In addition, some patients may be advised to stop using Latisse if they are prone to dry eye syndrome, as the drug may cause the condition to become worse. Those with glaucoma may also be advised to avoid using the product.
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Latisse is the only drug approved by the FDA for eyelash growth. Many doctors believe the product is effective due to the prostaglandin analogue ingredient used in it. This ingredient is believed to increase hair growth by affecting the hair follicles’ natural life cycles.
Is Latisse Safe to Use?
Yes, but be sure to follow all directions and warnings carefully in order to avoid side effects and other complications. You need to only apply the product on the upper lash line—not on the skin around your eyes or on your lower lashes. You should also avoid getting any in your eye as this may cause irritation, redness, swelling, or other issues. If you begin to see these signs after using the product, discontinue use immediately and talk to your dentist for treatment recommendations.
If you’re considering making the investment into Latisse, you’ll need to make sure that you understand how it works and whether or not it is the right option for you. Talk to us about any concerns you may have about the product or the safety behind it.
To learn more, call us at 312-664-2128 or visit our office at 233 E Erie, Suite 100, Chicago, IL 60611.