The FDA recently approved Latisse® (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.03% as a new treatment to increase eyelash length, thickness and darkness. Though the exact mechanism of action is unknown, medical researchers suspect that Latisse increases the percentage of eyelash hairs during the growth phase and increases the duration of the growth phase.
Latisse is a once a day prescription medication that is applied to the base of the upper eyelashes with a disposable applicator. Longer, fuller and darker eyelashes can be seen in less than 8 weeks, with full results in 16 weeks. Continued treatment is required to maintain the effect. Find a dermatologist to who dispenses Latisse®.
Efficacy was tested in a phase 3 multicenter, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial in which 137 patients received active treatment and 141 received vehicle alone for four months, followed by one month withdrawal. Researchers found that those treated with the active drug had a 25 percent increase in eyelash length compared to those receiving vehicle.