What Is Latisse?
Latisse is a prescription treatment, not readily available over the counter without a medical examination. It was also the first FDA approved prescription treatment for eyelashes, and has proven to be extremely successful.
Each night, you simply apply a small film of Latisse, using the same movement that you would in applying mascara, being careful to only apply the product to the base of the eyelash. Over time, the product will stimulate growth to produce darker, longer and fuller eyelashes after about 16 weeks.
There have also been reports that it is so effective that initial results are visible within a month. However, it is important to remember that it is a daily treatment, and so even if you see great results in a short timeframe, you will need to continue to apply the product in order to maintain your new lashes.
One reason a medical examination is required is so the doctor can inform patients about the likelihood of developing any potential side effects from using products based onbimatoprost, the active ingredient in Latisse.
For example, some patients have mentioned a slight, increase in the brown pigmentation of their eyes. Others have noticed hair growth in places where Latisse has come into contact with skin. Those with very sensitive eyes may also notice itchiness and dryness.
And, of course, one of the most obvious side effects: darkening of the lashes. Whether this last part is an unwanted side effect or not depends on your personal taste. However, given that the makeup industry seems to thrive on selling mascara products whose primary purpose is to darken eyelashes, it’s probably more likely to end up in your “like” rather than “dislike” column! If they’re still not dark enough, you can also continue to apply makeup such as mascara as well.
Finally, it is important to realize that Latisse doesn’t merely make your eyelashes look longer and thicker (and darker) but it produces real, natural, eyelash growth. This makes it unique and not just another kind of advanced makeup. And, since anything that goes up can also come down, predictably enough if you stop the treatment, your lashes will quietly and over the course of several weeks, return to normal.