Latisse-great-falls-vaLatisse eyelash solution is a prescription medication (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) that is proven to help patients grow longer, fuller darker eyelashes. Made by Allergan Inc, Latisse received FDA clearance in 2008 for the treatment of hypotrichosis, a condition of "inadequate eyelashes."

If your eyelashes are short or sparse, Latisse may be a suitable prescription for you. Many people, especially those who wear contact lenses, don't want to apply mascara daily, but they would like to have longer, bolder eyelashes.

About 80% of subjects showed significant eyelash growth during clinical studies of Latisse. Their eyelashes become significantly longer, darker and fuller when using the medication.

Latisse is Available Only by Prescription

Latisse can be obtained from a physician (usually a plastic surgeon or dermatologist) after a standard examination. Your plastic surgeon may review your medical history and other information to determine if Latisse is suitable for you.

Applying Latisse

Your physician can instruct you on proper application of Latisse at home. It's a simple daily process, during which you apply the solution directly along the base of your upper eyelashes once a day with a small, easy-to-use applicator. A tissue is used to gently dab any excess from around the eye area.

Latisse is not intended for use on the lower lashes or eyebrows. If you wear contact lenses, you will be advised to remove them before applying Latisse. You can reinsert contacts again 15 minutes after application.

Results of Latisse: What to Expect

For most patients using Latisse, the results start to become evident some time between 8 and 12 weeks after starting daily application. After 16 weeks, patients see the full effects in their eyelashes.

Latisse is not a permanent solution for short, sparse eyelashes. It works while you use it, but your lashes will regress to their natural state if you stop using it.

Possible Latisse Side Effects

Approximately 4% of Latisse users report itching and/or eye redness, which are temporary. Less common are side effects that may occur on the skin near your eyes, such as skin darkening or irritation.

To minimize the risk of side effects, be sure to keep Latisse solution on the base of the upper lashes and take care not to get it on other parts of the eye. It is important to be assessed by a doctor to make sure you are a good candidate for this lash-growing solution. All prescription medications have potential side effects, which you can discuss with the doctor during your office visit.