What is Latisse for Eyelash Growth?

Eyelash Growth

Full, natural-looking eyelashes can now be achieved through a prescription treatment called Latisse®. Latisse is the first and only eyelash treatment approved by the FDA to help grow longer, fuller and darker eyelashes and treat hypotrichosis, a condition that includes having inadequate or not enough eyelashes.

Latisse contains bimatoprost, an active ingredient that improves the appearance of your lashes and is often found in glaucoma medication.

LATISSE has become the first and at this moment only U.S. FDA-approved treatment for manipulating the thickness, length, and even the darkness of your eyelashes. Prescriptions are now available and require application once a day to the upper base of the eyelashes.

The reason why LATISSE causes the eyelashes to grow is still unknown, however, its active ingredient, bimatoprost, increases the number of hair and the duration of follicle growth. This leads to long and fuller lashes for you to enjoy.

How Does Latisse Work?

The LATISSE solution should be applied during night time. You must remove any makeup, contact lenses, any skincare products, before applying your LATISSE Solution.

In order to avoid contamination, a single-use disposable applicator filled with LATISSE solution will be used. coated with only one drop of solution, apply it directly to the base of the upper eyelid, at the lash line. Separate applicators are used for each eye as well.

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If you want full, dark, and longer lasting eyelashes, you are a candidate for LATISSE. You SHOULD NOT undergo the procedure if you have elevated intraocular pressure, irritated skin or eye infections. Our doctors will perform a full medical history checkup in order to determine if you are suitable for treatment.

Any of the side effects associated with LATISSE will end once the treatment ends. Side effects include the following:

  • Eye itchiness
  • Eye redness
  • Skin-darkening
  • Eyelid redness
  • Eye irritation
  • Eye dryness

There is one potentially serious side effect of treatment. According to the manufacturer’s website, LATISSE treatment “may cause increased brown iris pigmentation of the colored part of the eye which is likely to be permanent,” although its occurrence is “very infrequent.”

The results of Latisse are visible after 4 weeks, with full results appearing after 16 weeks. You can track the progress of your results through photographs. Side effects of Latisse are rare but may include itching, redness or dryness in the eye area. You should not use Latisse if you have an active eye infection or broken or irritated skin on the eyelid. Call our office today at 540-722-6200 to find out if Latisse is right for you.

Contact lenses can be put back in 15 minutes after LATISSE treatment.


If you want to learn more about LATISSE treatment in Washington D.C., contact us today at 540.722.6200 to schedule a consultation with Dr. John A. Stefano or Dr. Michael Bert! You can also fill out the form in our contact page, and our office will help you set up your appointment.


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