In 2001, Allergan developed Lumigan, an ophthalmic solution (eye drops) used to treat open-angle glaucoma and other causes of high pressure inside the eyes.
Patients that used Lumigan first noticed a significant side effect of eyelash growth, which created longer fuller and darker eyelashes. This side effect prompted Allergan to begin studying the active ingredient; bimatoprost for its safety and effectiveness for eyelash growth.
Finally in 2008 the FDA approved the drug and re-introduced it as Latisse for cosmetic use to grow longer and fuller eyelashes.
While Latisse and Lumigan is the same product, there are important difference in how they are used.
Latisse users are directed to carefully apply the liquid to the eyelash line, while Lumigan users put drops of the drug directly into the eye.
So how does it work?
The normal eyelash growth cycle involves 4 phases—anagen, catagen, telogen, and exogen—and occurs over several months. Latisse is believed to prolong the active growth (anagen) phase.
How long will it take to see results?
Studies show that 98% of women noticed fuller longer darker lashes after 6 weeks however, Latisse should be continued daily for 16 weeks to attain maximum results.
It must be noted that upon discontinuation of treatment, eyelash growth is expected to return to its pretreatment level.
Latisse is now the only prescription eyelash product approved in Canada to naturally grow longer eyelashes. Today, popularity has since grown worldwide and it is said that 1 Latisse kit is sold every 30 seconds