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Latisse is designed to help increase the length, thickness, and darkness of eyelashes in adults. However, it can take about two months to notice these effects. Also, the effects are not permanent, and eyelashes will return to their previous state once the medication is stopped. Using Latisse for inadequate eyebrows is one possible off-label use of the medication.

What Is Latisse Used For?

Latisse® (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) is a prescription medication approved to treat hypotrichosis of the eyelashes, which is simply the medical term for inadequate lashes.
Latisse is effective at increasing eyelash length, thickness, and darkness. However, it does take time to work. The effects are noticed gradually, and most people will not notice significant improvements for about two months. In addition, the effects are not permanent. After a person stops using Latisse, the lashes will gradually return to their previous state.
Most insurance companies consider Latisse a cosmetic treatment and, therefore, do not cover the cost of the drug.

How Does Latisse Work?

Latisse belongs to a class of medications known as prostaglandins. Interestingly, bimatoprost (the active ingredient in it) was first used to treat glaucoma. People using this glaucoma medication (sold under the name "Lumigan®") or other similar medications noticed that their eyelashes were longer, thicker, and darker.
Latisse is believed to work by increasing the number of eyelash hairs that are in the active growth phase and by increasing the length of time the hairs stay in this phase.

Can Children Use Latisse?

Latisse is not approved for use in children.
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