“Your eyelashes will write on my heart the poem that could never come from the pen of any poet.” –Rumi

Beautiful, prominent eyes adorned, with long, thick, and dark eyelashes have often been considered a sign of beauty, femininity, and youth and are a highly sought-after physical attribute.[1] Women have an arsenal of tools to enhance the appearance of their eyelashes—think mascara, eyelash tinting, eyelash curlers, and eyelash extensions, just to name a few.

If you have inadequate or not enough lashes (which in the medical field is called “hypertrichosis of the eyelashes”), ask board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. C. Randall Harrell at Fountain of Youth Plastic Surgery in Palm Harbor, FL about Latisse. Latisse (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution 0.03%) is an FDA-approved solution to help treat inadequate eyelashes by in increasing their growth including length, thickness, and darkness.[2]


Who is a good candidate for Latisse?

Dr. Harrell at Fountain of Youth Plastic Surgery will decide if you are a good candidate for Latisse. Typically, patients who are at least 18 years old, in good health, and desire longer, thicker, and darker eyelashes are good candidates for Latisse treatments. If you are hypersensitive or allergic to any of the ingredients in Latisse, you should not use Latisse.[3]

Also, Latisse may lower intraocular pressure. Accordingly, if you are using the medication Lumigan or another medication for the treatment of elevated intraocular pressure make sure you mention it to your doctor, because using Latisse at the same time may interfere with the desired reduction of your elevated intraocular pressure. Additionally, if you have glaucoma or another suspected eye disease or are at high risk for one, be sure to mention this to your doctor.[4]

How to Apply Latisse?

Every night, you will apply Latisse directly to the skin of the upper eyelid margin at the base of the eyelashes using the accompanying sterile disposable applicator. Dispose of the applicator after using it on one eye. Then, apply Latisse to the eyelid margin on your other eye in the same manner using a new sterile disposable applicator.[5]

What are the expected results?

Keep in mind that individual results may vary. Latisse does not provide overnight results. You must be diligent about applying Latisse every night, will full results expected after 16 weeks of usage. At Week 4, you may start to see length; at Week 8, most start to see fullness and darkness; at Week 12, most see enhanced results; at Week 16, you’ll see the full, dramatic effects of using Latisse.[6]

If you stop using Latisse after the initial 16-week period, your eyelashes will over time return to their initial state. Accordingly, your doctor may continue your daily Latisse usage or switch you to an every other day dosing schedule.

Since Latisse is only available by prescription, you can only get it through your doctor. If you’re unhappy with the current appearance of your sparse or inadequate eyelashes, schedule an appointment with Dr. Harrell at Fountain of Youth Plastic Surgery, servicing the Tampa Bay and Palm Harbor, FL areas.

In addition to providing non-surgical cosmetic medicine procedures such as Latisse, Fountain of Youth Plastic Surgery in Palm Harbor, FL also specializes in an array of surgical cosmetic treatments including but not limited to: breast augmentation, tummy tucks, mommy makeovers, and facelift surgery. Call us toll free at (800) 781-0818 to schedule your consultation.


[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3036812/

[2] http://www.allergan.com/assets/pdf/latisse_pi.pdf

[3] http://www.allergan.com/assets/pdf/latisse_pi.pdf

[4] http://www.latisse.com/FAQs.aspx

[5] http://www.allergan.com/assets/pdf/latisse_pi.pdf

[6] http://www.latisse.com/WhatToExpect.aspx