What is Latisse and Does it work?
You might have heard of Latisse, an eyelash serum promising to deliver naturally longer, thicker, fuller lashes. But what is this magical product and does it work?
Bimatoprost, the active ingredient in Latisse, was originally a prescription medication used to lower eye pressure for glaucoma patients. One peculiar side effect soon caught the attention of eye doctors: patients reported increased eyelash growth during use. Pharmaceuticals quickly took advantage, rebranding the medication for its eyelash enhancing properties. The serum has been on the market since its FDA approval in 2008, claiming to be the secret behind natually lush lashes.
Eyelashes, like other body hair, move through a growth cycle: sprouting, growing, and eventually falling out. Research suggests that Latisse works not only by prolonging the growth phase, which allows eyelashes to grow longer and darker, but also increasing the number of hairs that sprout.
Why use Latisse?
For many people, Latisse is a safe, effective, and convenient alternative to mascara or eyelash extensions, which each has its associated costs and risks. Latisse serum comes with a simple brush applicator that users apply to their lash line once a day, at night. It is an easy-to-use at home treatment that shows results in as little as 4 weeks, and maintains results as long as it’s being used. Studies have shown that after 16 weeks of use, eyelash length increased by 25%, and thickness/fullness increased by 106%!
Potential side effects to consider
Latisse is safe to use for most people, but some may experience the following side effects:
- Dryness or redness of the eyes
- Darkening of skin around the lashes
- In rare cases, changes in eye color
The side effects are not permanent and will resolve when Latisse is discontinued.
Want to try Lattise?
Latisse is a medication and requires a prescription from a doctor. If you are interested or have questions, please book a consultation with our doctors to see if Latisse is suitable for you.