Most women wish they had longer, thicker, darker eyelashes. To get them, they are constantly caking on mascara and eyeliner, which can get so tedious. But what if you could actually grow longer, thicker lashes on command? Now you can with Latisse.
Latisse is the first and only FDA-approved prescription treatment for growing longer, fuller, darker eyelashes. We offer Latisse for our Grand Rapids patients at Elite.
How Does Latisse Work?
When people hear about Latisse, skeptical wouldn’t even begin to be an adequate description. But this isn’t the stuff of some late night infomercial — Latisse actually helps your hair follicles grow your own eyelashes longer and thicker.
Discovery of Latisse was accidental, as many discoveries are. Allergan was working on an eye drop to relieve intraocular pressure in the eye. Subjects in the test found that their eyelashes grew during the study, so Allergan began testing the active ingredient, bimatoprost, specifically for growing eyelashes. It proved effective and the FDA approved it in December 2008. It is believed that the bimatoprost increases the anagen phase (that’s the growth phase) of the eyelashes.
How To Apply Latisse
You apply Latisse nightly on the upper lash, just like eyeliner. The bimatoprost in Latisse stimulates the lashes to grow. The treatment works gradually and your eyelashes will experience real growth over time, generally 12 to 16 weeks. But you must stay with it — once you start the treatment, the topical solution must be applied continuously each night until you achieve the desired results.
When Latisse was tested it was shown effective in 78% of the participants at the end of the 16-week test period. Specifically, patients using Latisse experienced a:
- 25% increase in lash length
- 106% increase in lash thickness/fullness
- 18% increase in lash darkness