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Cosmetic Dermatology


Latisse™ is the first and only prescription treatment approved by the FDA for inadequate or insufficient eyelashes, growing them longer, fuller and darker. It is available at select California Skin Institute practices, please call to see if your local office offers it.

Latisse™ makes lash growth possible because of its active ingredient: bimatoprost. Although the precise mechanism of action is not known, research suggests that the growth of eyelashes occurs by increasing the percent of hairs in, and the duration of, the anagen (or growth) phase. Lashes can grow longer, thicker and darker because bimatoprost can also prolong this growth phase.

Latisse™ is easy to use, FDA approved and effective. It’s a once-a-day treatment you apply topically to the base of your upper eyelashes.

While Latisse™ is a new treatment in eyelash growth, it was developed through years of research by Allergan, a pharmaceutical leader with over 60 years of expertise in prescription eye care products.*

What to Expect with Latisse

Great eyelashes don’t just happen overnight. That’s why it’s important to note that Latisse™ (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.03% works gradually. Once you begin treatment, you could start to see improvement in as little as a few weeks, but you must continue applying the topical treatment each night and follow the directions for best results. Remember results are gradual over time.

Your eyelashes will experience real measurable growth.

Latisse™ works from the inside out. As the treatment progresses, you will begin to see visible changes in length, thickness and darkness gradually.

There are possible side effects.

Throughout clinical trials, some users did experience itchy eyes and eye redness. However, some users found that these irritations went away once they became accustomed to the product or began applying it properly. As with any prescription treatment, always consult with your California Skin Institute physician for information and proper usage of Latisse® solution.

How to Apply

Nightly Routine

A few simple steps can lead to great lashes. Like every routine, applying Latisse™ is all about consistency and precision. Once you follow the basic guidelines, the improvement will come gradually over time. To see the full effect of your eyelash transformation, take a “before” picture before you start the treatment, and keep taking pictures every 4 weeks to chart your progress.

Step One – Before Applying

Before applying Latisse™ each night, ensure your face is clean, makeup and contact lenses are removed, and any other facial care products have already been applied.

Step Two – Prepare the Applicator

Remove an applicator from its tray. Then, holding the sterile applicator horizontally, place one drop of Latisse™ solution on the area of the applicator closest to the tip but not on the tip.

Step Three – Apply to Skin using Applicator

Immediately draw the applicator carefully along the skin at the base of the upper eyelashes just as you would apply liquid eyeliner. This area should feel lightly moist without runoff.

Step Four – Blot Excess

The fourth step is to carefully blot any excess solution beyond the eyelid with a tissue, as shown in the image to your right.

Step Five – Dispose of Applicator

Dispose of the applicator after one use. Repeat for opposite eyelid, using a new sterile applicator to help minimize any potential for contamination from one eyelid to another.


Treatment results will vary, talk to a practitioner to see if this treatment or procedure is right for you.

Conditions treated by Latisse™

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