LATISSE is an FDA-approved prescription lash treatment that will make your lashes longer, fuller, and darker. Developed by Allergan, LATISSE makes lash growth possible because of its active ingredient: bimatoprost. Although why it works is not known, research suggests that LATISSE increases the percent of hairs grown during - and the duration of - the anagen (or growth) phase of lashes. Bimatoprost prolongs this growth phase.
The LATISSE model is the beautiful Brooke Shields. You can see Brooke's "unretouched" before and after photos at this link to the LATISSE Web site.
LATISSE is a once-a-day treatment you apply topically to the base of your upper eyelashes. Patients in a clinical trial saw results in as few as eight weeks with full results after 12 to 16 weeks. This simple routine produces results.
So, other than the cost of a cosmetic treatment, what would keep me from using it? Not the small percentage of side effects - all drugs have side effects in some people, and they are usually reversible. LATISSE may cause darkening of the eyelid skin (which may be reversible). Scarier for me, LATISSE may also cause increased brown pigmentation of the colored part of the eye, which is likely to be permanent. I like my blue-green eye color, and I don't want to take the chance of changing it. If I had paltry lashes, I might have a different attitude, but...
For brown-eyed men and women, increased brown pigmentation isn't a big deal. I'd like to know what you think. Would you try it if it were free? Just let us know in the comments.
Update: The poll I had up earlier had few voters, which means these results are inconclusive.
Photo courtesy of LATISSE.