What is Latisse?

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Latisse for eyelash growing

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Latisse is a topical solution that is formulated with a medical product called bimatoprost. It's used to help hypotrichosis (or insufficient eyelash volume) sufferers grow longer, fuller and darker eyelashes quickly, easily and without having to undergo invasive surgery or in-clinic treatment.


Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Latisse Helps Grow Your Lashes Longer, Fuller & Darker

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Latisse is the same formula as Allergan’s eye drops used for glaucoma, Lumigan, which reduces eye pressure. It was discovered later on that it helped eye lashes grow longer, fuller and darker. The medication was then approved in 2008 for use just with the lashes, but comes with it's own specific packaging and instructions on how to use the product. My patients are very happy with how well it works and how quickly they see results. “Dr. D”

Edward E. Dickerson, IV, MD
Fayetteville Facial Plastic Surgeon
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What is Latisse

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Latisse is the name of a medication formerly used for glaucoma that was found to cause eyelashes to grow thicker, longer, and darker. Once begun the regimen must be kept up in order to keep the results.

Paul Vitenas, Jr., MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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What is Latisse

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Latisse was, actually, created as a result of a side effect of a glaucoma medication called Lumigan. Patients using Lumigan for 4-8 weeks were noticing their eyelashes unexpectedly growing to luxurious lengths. Feedback to the manufacturer from physicians prompted the creation of Latisse.....the exact same medication as the glaucoma product, but packaged and FDA approved for use on the eyelashes. The results have been the same using Latisse.....luxurious eyelash growth!

Anthony J. Kameen, MD
Baltimore Ophthalmologist

Latisse is a medication that makes your lashes grow.

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Latisse is a medication, Bimatoprost, that makes your eyelashes grow longer, thicker and darker. It is the same medication as a glaucoma drop called Lumigan that has been used for years. The difference is that Lumigan is placed in your eye and Latisse is placed on your eyelids at the base of your eyelashes.

Marc Cohen, MD
Philadelphia Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Latisse is for longer lashes

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LATISSE is a prescription treatment used to grow eyelashes, making them longer, thicker and darker.

Latisse -- bimatoprost ophthalmic solution -- is the only FDA approved drug for eyelash growth. In fact, earlier versions of products such as Revitalash have had to remove the key active ingredient because of legal action by Allergan, the makers of Latisse.

Harold J. Kaplan, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Latisse is an FDA approved product for eyelash lengthening.

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Thanks for your question.

Latisse is a recently FDA approved medication used for eyelash lengthening. Latisse has the same active ingredient as a glaucoma medication, Lumigan, and it was found that patients using Lumigan had an increase in eyelash growth, length, and fullness. The company that makes Lumigan, Allergan Inc., then applied with the FDA to be able to use it strictly for this eyelash enhancing purpose, thereby giving us Latisse.

Latisse is approved to be used nightly along the upper eyelid. It usually takes 4-8 weeks to see results, and the results are ongoing as long as you continue using Latisse. Eighty percent of patients using Latisse did see some degree of improvement in eyelash growth, length, and fullness. The main side effects were irritation and possible darkening of the eyelid skin and / or the iris. If you are wearing contacts, you must take them out before applying Latisse, and then may reinsert them after 15 minutes.

You can get Latisse with a prescription from your physician. Most dermatologists and plastic surgeons will be carrying Latisse in their office, so you can most likely buy it right there and start using it right away.

Hope this helps and good luck!

Don Mehrabi, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologist
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