LATISSE is a prescription medication to grow the eyelashes longer, fuller, and darker, indicated for people with inadequate or not enough lashes.
LATISSE was approved by the FDA in December 2008.
LATISSE is a treatment you apply yourself each evening to the base of the upper eyelashes. Each LATISSE kit contains detailed instructions for proper application.
For best results, LATISSE needs to be used once a day for 16 weeks. Using LATISSE more than once a day will not grow lashes faster or improve the effectiveness of the product.
The lashes grow gradually over time with some people beginning to see longer lashes in about four week, with full grown at 16 weeks.
Specifically, patients treated with LATISSE® in the clinical study experienced a:
- 25% increase in lash length (vs. 2% for vehicle)
- 106% increase in lash thickness/fullness (vs. 12% for vehicle)
- 18% increase in lash darkness (vs. 3% for vehicle)
Just like it takes some time for LATISSE to work to grow lashes, if you stop using the product, your eyelashes will gradually return to their previous appearance over the course of several weeks to months.
The most common side effects after using LATISSE solution are an itching sensation in the eyes and/or eye redness. This was reported in approximately 4% of patients in the clinical study.
LATISSE solution may cause other less common side effects, which typically occur on the skin close to where LATISSE is applied, or in the eyes. These include skin darkening, eye irritation, dryness of the eyes and redness of the eyelids.
In a study for FDA approval, localized skin darkening only occurred in approximately 2.9% of patients using LATISSE. It’s caused by an increase in melanin close to where the solution is applied and is expected to reverse several weeks to month after discontinuing using the product.
LATISSE use may cause increased brown iris pigmentation of the colors part of the eye, which is likely to be permanent. While very infrequent, increased iris pigmentation has occurred when LATISSE solution was administered. Do not apply LATISSE in your eye or to the lower lid.