Posted on March 09, 2015
Latisse is a cosmetic formulation by Allergan, a multi-specialty health care company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing innovative pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices and over-the-counter consumer products. The product was approved by the FDA in 2008 to lengthen, darken and thicken eyelashes. Latisse is applied as bimatoprost ophthalmic solution at 0.03%, to the base of the eyelashes. Allergan studies report that, on average, noticeable upper eyelash growth occurs within 4 to 16 weeks.
Expected Latisse Results
On average, users can expect to see significant eyelash growth, including an increase in volume as well as darkening of the eyelashes. Bimatoprost is believed to affect the growth phase (anagen) of the eyelash hair cycle by increasing the length of time of this phase as well as the number of hairs in this growth phase. FDA study participants experienced the following results after 16 weeks of use:
Eyelash length is increased by 25 percent
Depending on the amount of solution (3ml or 5ml bottle), patients can expect to spend anywhere from $125-$179 per bottle. Latisse is also available directly from Allergan partners, in which case patients can expect to pay anywhere from $65-$109 per bottle.
Is Latisse Right for You?
Latisse is a prescription drug. As with all prescription drugs, there are some medical conditions which may interact with Latisse. Individuals with any of the following medical conditions should consult with their physician before using Latisse:
How to Use Latisse?
Every authentic Latisse product comes with a patient instructional leaflet. The Latisse solution is applied once nightly for a period of about 4-16 weeks to attain noticeable eyelash growth, increase in thickness and darkening of the eyelashes. Before applying the Latisse solution it is important to follow safety instructions:
Possible Latisse Side Effects
While most people do not report or experience adverse reactions to Latisse, it is still possible to experience one or more side effects, as with any prescription drug. If you experience persistent or bothersome adverse reactions contact your doctor immediately. Less than 4% of Latisse users have reported possible side effects including:
This is not a complete list of possible Latisse side effects. Contact your physician or primary care doctor to address possible concerns.