Until Latisse was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in December of 2008, women who desired to have darker, thicker, and longer lashes had to resort to wearing fake eyelashes or put on gobs of mascara. Now, through the use of Latisse (bimatoprost ophthalmic) from manufacturer Allergan, Inc., women have another cosmetic services alternative. It joins the likes of BOTOX, aesthetic surgery ,and the use of a dermal filler, to improve the look and appearance of its users.
Eyelash Growth Over Time
It is important to note that eyelash growth with Latisse doesn’t happen in just one night, or one week for that matter. Instead, eyelash growth happens gradually over a period of about 16 weeks. In the first month, most patients see their eyelashes lengthen. By the second month, they can see more fullness and darkening in color. These results are enhanced by the third month, with full results expected by the fourth month after beginning use.
Once full effect is achieved, patients find that usage of every other day is sufficient to maintain desired results.
How to Apply Latisse
Before applying Latisse, you should remove contact lenses and clean all the makeup off your face. Then, with the sterile applicators provided, you dab the product on the upper lash line each night before retiring for bed. Some women prefer to use it every morning instead. As you blink, the product automatically spreads to the lower lash line. The applicator should be discarded after use. You should never reuse the same applicator, as it could increase the risk of developing an eye infection.
If you forget one night to apply Latisse, simply pick up where you left off. Don’t apply double of the product just because you missed one day.
History of Latisse
When glaucoma doctors prescribed a glaucoma drug called Lumigan, they noticed an unusually, but welcome side effect: they discovered that the eyelashes of patients using Lumigan were longer and fuller in comparison to patients who were not using the drug.
Latisse was born out of this discovery, and is a version of the brand drug Lumigan (generic bimatoprost) for treatment of glaucoma. For this reason, patients who have glaucoma (or an active infection) should speak with their eye doctor before using Latisse.
Some women find that Latisse can help them fill in sparse brow, even with a very small amount of the drug. Keep in mind, that your eyebrow hairs will likely grow longer, so you will have to trim your eyebrows more frequently.
Over the years, Latisse has become a widely popular choice for women desiring long, luscious, and thick lashes. But remember, patience is key with Latisse. You need to apply the product diligently every day for at least a month before you start to see results.