Do Eyelash Serums Work?
There are many products on the market to lengthen eyelashes but the only one that is FDA approved is Latisse. Latisse is a prescription eyelash lengthener that contains the active ingredient bitamoprost. Bitamoprost was originally used as an eyedrop to treat glaucoma. Doctors noticed that patients that used this glaucoma medication grew long thick eyelashes. Allergan, the makers of Botox, developed Latisse specifically for eyelashes.
It is applied to the lash line (almost like an eyeliner) at night. Latisse works great and in my practice my patients see results in as little as 2 to 3 weeks. The main side effect is irritation which can occur in patients who are allergic to the medication. However, most patients tolerate the treatment well and love the results. Latisse is used for 3 months and then is repeated as needed to maintain the eyelash growth.