Is Latisse ® Safe to Thicken and Grow Eyelashes?

LATISSE ® (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution 0.03%) is a prescription-only treatment to encourage the growth of longer, darker and fuller eyelashes. Latisse is FDA-Approved to correct the condition called hypotrichosis of the eyelid. Hypotrichosis is defined as sparse inadequate, too thin, too short or too few eyelashes.

How Was LATISSE ® Developed?

LATISSE® is an alternate form a glaucoma drug called bimatoprost (which was manufactured under the brand name of Lumigan.) Lumigan has been used as eye drops (rather than on the edge of the eyelid like the LATISSE® version) to control pressure within the eye, for nearly 15 years, since its FDA Approval in 2001. During that time, glaucoma patients and their physicians (opthamologists) noticed a side effect to this glaucoma treatment: the patients ended up with longer, thicker and/or more plentiful eyelashes during the treatment period.

This observation led to clinical trials for this new usage of the medication. After about 3 to 4 months of daily use on the edge of the upper eyelids, at the lash base, LATISSE® patients in the trial noticed longer, darker and fuller eyelashes/ The effect was achieved through a process that is not completely understood. In late 2008, LATISSE® was approved by the FDA for this use on the upper eyelids only.

LATISSE ® Safety

You may not think of a Latisse prescription as aesthetic surgery, but it does fall within the category since it as a prescribed substance that you will receive from our medical director, Dr. Krikorian. The doctor personally performs all aesthetic surgery and medical procedures. As with any medication, dermal filler, vein treatment, supplement or substance applied to the body, there may be side effects. Possible side effects must be balanced along with the positive effects of the substance, on the advice of a medical professional. Physicians generally will not prescribe any substance unless the benefits to the patient outweigh the side effects.

Latisse side effects may include:

  • Red or itching eyes.
  • Hair growth on any skin that is often touched by LATISSE®, so use should be restricted to the base of the lashes on the upper eyelid.
  • Lashes will return to their previous thickness as they were before treatment if you stop using the LATISSE® liquid, your
  • LATISSE® may cause permanent brown pigmentation of the colored area within the eye if instilled directly onto the eye.
  • Eyelid skin can become darker during treatment and may be reversible.
  • Always ask your cosmetic doctor and/or family doctor about any additional side effects of Latisse or risks specific to your level of eye health and overall health.
  • LATISSE solution should be used with caution in any patient with intraocular inflammation.

New Look Vein & Aesthetic Center offers cosmetic services, such as facial fillers, Latisse and BOTOX along with laser tattoo removal and varicose vein treatment in St. Louis, St. Charles and Chesterfield, MO, and the surrounding area. For more information about these treatments or to schedule a consultation with our medical director, Dr. Krikorian, contact us at New Look Vein & Aesthetic Center today.