Latisse® is a medication that was designed to promote the growth of eyelashes. It contains an active ingredient which was discovered to promote eyelash growth as a side effect of a treatment for glaucoma. Scientists have discovered that dabbing the drug along the eyelash line on the upper eyelids promotes the growth of thicker, darker, and longer lashes. St. Louis plastic surgeon Dr. Richard L. Kofkoff is able to provide a safe and effective method of helping patients who wish to have healthier, more attractive eyelashes through the application of Latisse®.
This new prescription drug allows patients to begin to enjoy longer, fuller and darker lashes in a matter of approximately eight weeks. The full results are most often evident by approximately sixteen weeks. Continued use of Latisse® is required or the eyelashes will gradually return to their former appearance.
Possible Side Effects
Latisse® has proven to be well tolerated in most cases, and the most common side effects include:
- Darkening of the eyelid skin (may be reversible)
- Increased brown pigmentation of the colored portion of the eye (may be permanent)
- Promotion of hair growth in other skin areas touched by the chemical
- Eye redness
- Itchy eyes
- Skin hyperpigmentation
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Latisse® for use in promoting enhanced eyelash growth. It has been found to be especially useful for chemotherapy patients who have lost their eyelashes due to regular treatments.
How Latisse® Works
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Latisse® as a once-daily application to enhance eyelash growth. The active ingredient in Latisse® is called bimatoprost. This compound increases the length of the eyelash hair growth phase as well as the number of hairs in the growth phase. Bimatoprost has been used previously in the production of Lumigan, an eye drop that reduces eye pressure in glaucoma patients.
Latisse® provides a way for cosmetic surgeons to give their patients lush, thick eyelashes without surgery or any type of invasive techniques. To learn more about Latisse®, please contact Dr. Richard L. Kofkoff today to schedule a consultation at his St. Louis, Missouri cosmetic surgery office.