Latisse® solution is a prescription treatment for hypotrichosis used to grow eyelashes, making them longer, thicker and darker. Eyelash hypotrichosis is another name for having inadequate or not enough eyelashes. Hypotrichosis, in general, is a condition of abnormal hair patterns (typically hair loss) that most frequently occurs in the areas of the body that produce terminal hair. Latisse® (bimatoprost .03% solution) has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to treat eyelash hypotrichosis.
Eyelashes certainly serve an aesthetic purpose, and many patients suffering from eyelash hypotrichosis look to Latisse® as a way to gain back a certain appearance. Eyelashes frame the eyes to create a facial appearance that’s unique to each individual. Beyond aesthetics, eyelashes provide a natural barrier for the eyes from the sun, wind, dirt and sweat. They also act as a warning for the eye if an object gets too close. For patients without eyelashes, ask about Dr. Mejia’s Eyelash Hair Transplant procedure.
Causes of eyelash hypotrichosis:
There are many potential causes of eyelash hypotrichosis, including hereditary, aging, chemotherapy, and reactions to other medical treatments. Physical trauma to the face, as well as eye surgery, can also cause a thinning or absence of eyelash growth.
Latisse® Important Safety Information:
If you are using, or have used, prescription products for any eye pressure problems, only use Latisse® under close doctor care.
- Latisse® use may cause increased brown pigmentation of the colored part of the eye, which is likely permanent.
- Eyelid skin darkening may occur, which may be reversible. Only apply Latisse® at the base of the upper eyelashes. Do not apply it to the lower eyelid. Hair growth may occur in other skin areas that Latisse® solution frequently touches.
- If you develop or experience any eye problems or have eye surgery, consult your doctor immediately about continued use of Latisse®. The most common side effects after using Latisse® solution are itchy eyes and/or eye redness. If discontinued, lashes will gradually return to their previous appearance.
While extremely effective for treating eyelash hypotrichosis, not everyone is a solid candidate for Latisse® treatment. A consultation with a certified dermatologist can help you determine your best treatment options.
Latisse may also be used to grow scalp hair. While not currently approved, it is being studied for efficacy.