LATISSE® (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.03% — the first FDA-approved treatment for inadequate or not enough lashes.
Celebrities such as Jenny McCarthy and Mandy Moore have reportedly used Latisse, and its advertising spokespeople have included Brooke Shields and Claire Danes. Recently, Christina Hendricks, star of Mad Men, signed on to promote the product in conjunction with a charity fundraising campaign called the Latisse Wishes Challenge.
How Does Latisse Work?
According to studies, Latisse lengthens, thickens and darkens eyelashes via a process that isn’t fully understood. Like the hair on your head, eyelashes sprout, grow for a while and eventually fall out. Latisse both extends the growth phase and increases the number of hairs that sprout.
During clinical studies, full results appeared after 12 to 16 weeks of daily use.
You apply Latisse by dabbing it on the upper lash line each night with the applicators supplied. The drug spreads to your lower lash line automatically as you blink. According to the manufacturer, you should never apply it in your eye or onto your lower lid. Before you apply, your face must be clean and your makeup and contact lenses removed.And apply it carefully, since Latisse may promote hair growth on other skin areas.
After two months of nightly use, you may begin to see results. After three or four months, your may decide to reduce your treatment schedule to every two days. If you stop using Latisse, your eyelashes will gradually return to their former state.
Study participants experienced these results after 16 weeks:
- Eyelash length increased by 25 percent
- Thickness and fullness increased by 106 percent
- Eyelash darkness increased by 18 percent