Latisse (bimatoprost) is a prescription drug that’s used for eyelash growth. The drug comes as a liquid solution that’s applied to the eyelids once per night.

The active ingredient in Latisse is bimatoprost. (An active ingredient is what makes a drug work.) Latisse belongs to a group of drugs called prostaglandin analogs.

This article describes the dosage of Latisse, as well as its strength and how it’s used.

This section describes the usual dosage of Latisse. Keep reading to learn more.

What is Latisse’s form?

Latisse is available as a liquid solution that comes in two sizes:

  • 3 milliliters (mL) in a 5-mL bottle (comes with 70 applicators)
  • 5 mL in a 5-mL bottle (comes with 140 applicators)

The applicators are brushes you’ll use to apply the medication to your eyelids.

What strength does Latisse come in?

Latisse comes in one strength of 0.3 milligrams (mg) per mL.

What are the usual dosages of Latisse?

The information below describes dosages that are commonly used or recommended. But be sure to use the dosage your doctor prescribes for you. They’ll determine the best dosage to fit your needs.

Dosage for helping eyelashes grow

The typical Latisse dosage for adults to improve eyelash growth is one drop of solution applied to the eyelids once per night. You’ll use an applicator to apply Latisse across the skin of the upper eyelid just above the eyelashes.

For more information on how to apply Latisse, see the section below called “How is Latisse used?”

What’s the dosage of Latisse for children?

Latisse is used to improve eyelash growth in certain children and adolescents. It’s used in children who’ve gone through chemotherapy or have alopecia areata. It’s used in adolescents who have thinning eyelashes.

The dosage used for children and adolescents is the same as the dosage used for adults. To learn more, see the “What are the usual dosages of Latisse?” section above.

For more information about Latisse’s dosage for children, talk with your child’s doctor or a pharmacist.

Is Latisse used long term?

Length of use for Latisse may vary from person to person. The drug manufacturer suggests that full results will be seen after 16 weeks, and that you should talk with your doctor at that time. Your doctor can determine whether ongoing use of Latisse is right for you.

If you have questions about how long you’re likely to use Latisse, talk with your doctor.

Latisse is available as a liquid solution that’s applied to the upper eyelids. It comes with individual sterile applicators used to apply the medication.

You’ll apply Latisse to your upper eyelids once per night. Place one drop of Latisse onto a fresh applicator and spread the medication across the skin of your upper eyelid just above your eyelashes. Throw away the applicator once it’s been used, using a new applicator for each eye. Blot up any extra solution with a tissue or soft cloth.

Here are a few other pointers for applying Latisse:

  • Make sure your eye area is clean and free of makeup.
  • If you wear contact lenses, remove them before applying Latisse. You can put in your contact lenses 15 minutes after applying Latisse.
  • Do not apply Latisse to your lower eyelid area.
  • Do not touch the applicator tip to your fingers or any other surface.
  • For more tips, see the manufacturer instructions for applying Latisse here.

For information on the expiration, storage, and disposal of Latisse, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.

Accessible drug labels

Some pharmacies provide medication labels that:

  • have large print
  • use braille
  • feature a code you can scan with a smartphone to change the text to audio

Your doctor or pharmacist may be able to recommend pharmacies that offer these accessibility features if your current pharmacy doesn’t.

If you miss a dose of Latisse, skip the missed dose and apply the next dose at the usual time. Do not apply two doses of Latisse to catch up on a missed dose.

If you have questions about a missed dose, you can talk with your doctor or pharmacist.

If you need help remembering to apply your dose of Latisse on time, try using a medication reminder. This can include setting an alarm or downloading a reminder app on your phone.

Below are answers to some commonly asked questions about Latisse’s dosage.

How long does it take for Latisse to start working?

Latisse starts to work after you begin using the medication. But it typically takes several weeks for noticeable eyelash growth to occur. In studies, it took 8 weeks to notice significant eyelash growth, with the most noticeable growth occurring by 16 weeks of use.

If you have other questions about what to expect from your Latisse treatment, talk with your doctor.

Can Latisse be used on eyebrows? If so, what’s the dosage?

Yes, it’s possible to use Latisse to increase eyebrow growth. Latisse isn’t approved to treat thinning eyebrows. But in some cases, your doctor may prescribe it off label for this use. (With off-label use, doctors prescribe a drug for a purpose other than what it’s approved for.) In a 2023 study, Latisse was effective at improving eyebrow growth.

Because Latisse isn’t approved to treat thinning eyebrows, the drug manufacturer doesn’t provide recommended dosages for this use. Your doctor would prescribe the dosage that’s right for you.

To learn more about your treatment options for thinning eyebrows, including Latisse, talk with your doctor.

The sections above describe the usual dosage provided by Latisse’s manufacturer. If your doctor recommends this drug, they’ll prescribe the dosage that’s right for you.

Remember, you should not change your dosage of Latisse without your doctor’s recommendation. Only apply Latisse exactly as prescribed. Talk with your doctor if you have questions or concerns about your current dosage.

Here are some examples of questions you may want to ask your doctor:

  • Would applying my Latisse dosage twice per day help my eyelashes grow faster?
  • Can I apply more than one drop of Latisse as my nightly dosage?
  • How does the dosage of Latisse compare with the dosage of other medications used to treat thinning eyelashes?

To learn more about Latisse, see this article: Latisse and Cost: What You Need to Know

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