Latisse: Your Solution for Thinning Lashes

Over time, many women notice their eyelashes getting thinner and shorter. This effect, unfortunately, is a natural part of aging. To compensate, many women try several different types of mascara hoping to find one that plumps their lashes. Latisse (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) is a prescription liquid that remarkably increases the fullness and length of eyelashes. Originally used to treat glaucoma, patients using bimatoprost noticed their eyelashes becoming fuller, darker, and longer. Due to this side effect, Latisse was introduced.

How it Works

Latisse is a liquid that is applied at night to the base of the upper eyelashes, similar to applying eyeliner.  You may see results starting in about four weeks with maximum results after 16 weeks of use. Once you stop using Latisse, your lashes will slowly return to their previous state. If you wear contacts, you can still use Latisse, but you’ll want to remove your contacts before applying the liquid and wait at least 15 minutes before re-inserting contacts.

Talk About Latisse with Your Doctor

Side effects of Latisse are rare but do include dry, irritated, or red eyes, darkened skin on the eyelids, increased hair growth around the eyes, and darkening of the iris (the colored part of the eye), which can be permanent.

By Dr. Jenny Nelson

Dermatologist at Avera Medical Group Dermatology Sioux Falls

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