What is Latisse

Latisse is a medical treatment to enhance the length and thickness of eyelashes. It is a safe solution that will give you the dramatic eyelashes you always dreamed of without irritating false eyelashes, annoying lash extensions or pricey mascara. Latisse was used as a treatment for glaucoma. During the treatment, glaucoma patients discovered their eyelashes were longer, thicker and darker while using the medication.

Bimatoprost is the active pharmaceutical ingredient in the formulation of Latisse and is a structural prostaglandin analog, a lipid compound derived from fatty acids designed to bind to prostaglandin (PG) receptors. PG receptors are present in hair, particularly in the dermal papilla and outer root sheath. Although the precise mechanism of action is unknown, PG receptors are thought to be involved in the development and regrowth of the hair follicle by increasing the percent of hairs in and the duration of the anagen or growth phase.

Benefits of Latisse

  • Latisse is only FDA approved product on the market to assist in the growth of eyelashes.
  • Application process is very simple and can be done in the comfortable of the user’s home.
  • Need to be applied only once a day. After 8 weeks, of application most of the users are able to see longer and thicker eyelashes.
  • It can be used by people who have sensitive eyes and also can be used by people who wear contacts lenses as long as the lenses are removed when the solution is applied.

Side effects of Latisse

  • Itching sensation in the eyes or eye redness. Patients may also experience dry eye symptoms.
  • Skin darkening (or hyper pigmentation) is another less common side effect. This condition causes areas of skin to become darker than the surrounding skin color which may be reversible.
  • It is possible for hair growth to occur in other areas of your skin that Latisse frequently touches.
  • In some cases there is a difference in eyelash length, thickness, fullness, pigmentation, number of eyelash hairs or direction of eyelash growth to occur between eyes. They usually go away if you stop using Latisse.
  • By any chance if you experience a sudden decrease in visual acuity, have ocular surgery, or develop any ocular reactions particularly conjunctivitis and eyelid reactions you should immediately seek you doctor’s advice.
  • Latisse use may cause increased brown pigmentation of the colored part of the eye which is likely to be permanent.
  • If you stop using Latisse your eyelashes are expected to return to their previous appearance over several weeks to months. So it is a repeated process.
  • Patients using Latisse experience lowered eye pressure as well, but to a lesser degree.
  • A serious side effect of Latisse is the risk of increased iris pigmentation which changes eye color to dark brown and is not reversible.
  • Since it is considered as cosmetic treatment, it is not covered by most insurance plans.

Latisse is found to be an excellent product with limited side effects when used correctly. Follow application instruction including limiting use to upper eyelid, and use Latisse strictly under the direction of an ophthalmologist to maximize the medication effectiveness and manage any potential side effects. 

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