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Latisse is a product used to make your eyelashes longer, thicker and darker. It has been on the market since its FDA approval in December 2008, but was originally launched as an ophthalmic product in 2001.

Because it is a prescription medication, with some side effects, Latisse should be used under the guidance of trained eye professionals, such as Dr. Gilpin and his staff.

How Does Latisse Work?

According to studies, Latisse lengthens, thickens and darkens eyelashes. Like the hair on your head, eyelashes sprout, grow for a while and eventually fall out.

Latisse extends the growth phase of your eyelashes and also increases the number of hairs that sprout from the eye area. During clinical studies, full results appeared after 12 to 16 weeks of daily use.

Latisse comes as a gel and is applied by dabbing on your upper lash line each night with sterile applicators, supplied as a part of the Latisse kit. The medication spreads to the lower lash line automatically as you blink.

After two months of nightly use, you may begin to see results. After three or four months, Dr. Gilpin may recommend a treatment schedule of every two days. If you stop using Latisse, your eyelashes will gradually return to their former state.

During initial trials study participants experienced these Latisse results after 16 weeks:

  • Eyelash length increased by 25%.
  • Thickness and fullness increased by 106%.
  • Eyelash darkness increased by 18%

According to clinical studies conducted before FDA approval, Latisse is safe for most people. You may not be a candidate if you have certain inflammation-related eye problems, severe allergies or skin infections of the upper eyelids.