Latisse (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.03% is a topical medication used to create longer, thicker, darker eyelashes. The liquid is applied with a brush to the base of the eyelashes nightly. Longer, thicker, darker eyelashes develop gradually, starting to become visible around 4 weeks, with full results at 16 weeks. Results are noticeable by most patients by 12 weeks or before.
Clinical trial results showed lashes were 25% longer, 106% fuller, and 18% darker.
Bimatoprost is a medication with which I am familiar from my treatment of glaucoma patients as an ophthalmologist. A more concentrated form, called Lumigan, is a glaucoma medication used since the 1990’s. The “side effect” of longer, thicker, darker eyelashes was first observed in glaucoma patients taking Lumigan, and further clinical studies with the more dilute form in Latisse were designed to test the aesthetic use of bimatoprost, as Latisse. After a clinical trial to study the safety and effectiveness for lash growth, LATISSE® was approved by the FDA in December of 2008. Latisse requires a prescription from a physician.
Latisse is especially convenient for those who prefer not to wear mascara. The convenience of once nightly application, and the lengthening, thickening, and darkening of one’s natural eyelashes save on the time and expense of eyelash extensions and the frequent maintenance required.
Cost: $170 (5mL, approximately 10-week supply)