Latisse is a prescription treatment for eyelash growth, approved by the Food and Drug Administration. It is available only by prescription and sold in many plastic surgeons’ office.
How does Latisse work? It lengthens, thickens and darkens eyelashes. It is manufactured by Allergan, the same company that markets Botox. Latisse contains the active ingredient that is also found in Lumigan. However, Lumigan is an eyedrop while Latisse is dabbed along the lashes on the upper eyelids once a day. It is applied with its own applicator that isn’t reusable. The package comes with 60 applicators.
After your lashes have grown for 3 to 4 months, you can slow down the application by using the drug every other day. Anyone who is unhappy with their lash length and thickness is a candidate for Latisse. According to recent studies, people who’ve used Latisse have experience a booster in: 25% increase in eyelash length, 106% increase in thickness and fullness, 18% increase in darkness of eyelashes.
The side effects include transient darkening of the skin around the eyelids and brown pigmentation of the colored part of the eye. Other symptoms include red eyes, itchy eyes, and skin hyperpigmentation. The cost for a one-month supply of Latisse is approximately $120, and is not covered by insurance.