Tired of applying coat after coat of mascara to make your lashes look longer and more voluminous? Latisse, a prescription lash serum, might be the answer to your cosmetic prayers.
You have probably heard about Latisse, the eyelash grower that’s been on the market since the FDA approved it in December 2008. How do you use it? Is it safe for your eyes? And does it really work as an eyelash lengthener?
Latisse is actually a version of a glaucoma drug in eye drop form in use since 2001. Eye doctors and their glaucoma patients noticed the hair growth side effect, with longer, lusher eyelashes appearing over time.
According to studies, Latisse lengthens, thickens and darkens eyelashes via a process that isn’t fully understood. Like the hair on your head, eyelashes sprout, grow for a while and eventually fall out. Latisse both extends the growth phase and increases the number of hairs that sprout.
You apply Latisse by dabbing it on the upper lash line each night with the sterile applicators. The drug spreads to your lower lash line automatically as you blink. According to the manufacturer, you should never apply it in your eye or onto your lower lid. Before you apply, your face must be clean and your makeup and contact lenses removed.
After two months of nightly use, you may begin to see results. After three or four months, your doctor may recommend a treatment schedule of every two days. If you stop using Latisse, your eyelashes will gradually return to their former state.
LATISSE® is an FDA-approved treatment to grow eyelashes for people with inadequate or not enough lashes.