Millions of dollars each year are spent on mascara alone, which tells us that women are serious about wanting longer and thicker eyelashes. A new medication has changed the way the many women look at mascara; mascara is no longer an essential part of their morning routine, as their lashes have naturally grown to be thicker and longer. The exciting medication is called Latisse. Latisse is made of a medication called bimatoprost. Dr. Tareen explains that, “Bimatoprost is an older medication used to treat glaucoma in the eye. As researchers observed patients who were using bimatoprost eye drops, they noticed that their eyelashes were growing in thicker and longer. The result is that studies were started to reformat the medication for application directly to the base of the eyelashes.”
Latisse does not treat glaucoma; in fact, Latisse is not even applied in the eye. Latisse is applied to the eyelid at the base of the eyelashes with a gentle applicator brush. After one to two months of consistent use, the eyelashes begin to stay in their growth cycle for a longer period of time prior to shedding. The result is longer, thicker eyelashes without mascara. After two months, most patients move into a maintenance pattern of use, meaning that they apply Latisse only every other night, in order to over overgrowth of their eyelashes.
Latisse is a safe and effective medication for those people who wish to have longer, healthier eyelashes. The most common side effect seen with Latisse use is irritation to the eyelid, where the medication was applied. We recommend that our patients who experience irritation stop use of Latisse for one week and then restart.
Latisse is sold at Tareen Dermatology for $109.