What Is Bimatoprost Used For?

Using Bimatoprost for Eyelash Enhancement

Bimatoprost was originally developed to treat high eye pressure. People taking it for this use noticed an interesting side effect -- longer, thicker, and darker eyelashes. It was not long before people got the idea to use bimatoprost specifically for enhancing eyelashes.
As mentioned previously, the form of bimatoprost approved for enhancing eyelashes is sold under the name Latisse. It is effective in increasing eyelash length, thickness and darkness. However, it does take time to work. The effects will be noticed gradually, and most people will not notice significant improvements for about two months.
Additionally, 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 to be a cosmetic treatment, and therefore do not cover the drug.

How Does Bimatoprost Work?

Bimatoprost belongs to a class of medications known as prostaglandins. It works by opening the channels that drain fluid from the eye, helping the excess eye fluid to drain from the eye more easily. By reducing eye pressure, bimatoprost can help prevent damage to the optic nerve (and the vision loss that accompanies such damage) caused by high eye pressure.
It is thought that bimatoprost works to make eyelashes darker, thicker, and longer by increasing the number of eyelash hairs that are in the active growth phase and also by increasing the length of time the hairs stay in the active growth phase.

Bimatoprost Use in Children

Bimatoprost is not approved for use in children. Talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using bimatoprost in children.

Bimatoprost Drug Information

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