Latisse, does help growing eyelashes transferring it from being sparse and thin to become longer, fuller and darker. It was approved by the FDA in 2008.
It was based on glaucoma drops Bimatoprost which was found to elongates eyelashes in patients using it as a treatment for glaucoma.
During clinical studies, full results appeared after 12 to 16 weeks of daily use. (Images: Allergan, Inc.)
Latisse is applied by dabbing it on the upper lash line each night with the sterile single use applicator. The drug spreads to your lower lash line automatically as you blink. Result normally appears after 2-3 months when treatment can be reduced to once every two days. Upon stopping Matisse your eyelashes will gradually return to their original status.
According to clinical studies conducted before FDA approval, Latisse eyelash lengthener is safe for most people. However, you may not be a candidate for it if you have certain eye problems (such as uveitis and conjunctivitis), risk for macular edema, severe allergies or skin infections of the upper eyelids. Pregnant women shouldn’t use it, and nursing women may want to wait as well.
Because the active ingredient in Latisse lowers intraocular pressure, if you are already using IOP-lowering medications for ocular hypertension and/or glaucoma, you must tell your eye doctor before you try Latisse so he or she can monitor your eye pressure closely.
Some other side effects include red eyes, itchy and dry eyes, and eyelid skin or/and iris darkening.