LATISSE for Longer Fuller Eyelashes
LATISSE is a version of a glaucoma drug in eye drop form called bimatoprost (brand name Lumigan, manufacturer Allergan, Inc.), in use since FDA approval in 2001. During that period, eye doctors and their glaucoma patients noticed the hair growth side effect, with longer, fuller eyelashes appearing over time.
LATISSE is not a cosmetic and need be applied nightly before retiring. Mascara may be applied as usual. LATISSE is a drug and you do need a prescription. We can evaluate your eye health to determine if you are a good candidate for LATISSE.
A months supply of LATISSE from your drug store with 60 applicators is about $120, but the price may vary from one source to another. Some sources offer volume discounts, such as for a three-month supply.
How it works:
LATISSE lengthens, thickens and darkens eyelashes through a process that no one really understands. Like the hair on your head, eyelashes sprout, grow for awhile and eventually fall out. LATISSE both extends the growth phase and increases the number of hairs that sprout. Full results usually occur in 12 to 16 weeks. To maintain the eyelash growth you need to continue its use. If you stop, your lashes will return to their previous appearance within weeks to months.
Tips for Success
Once you know how to apply LATISSE, it's important to understand a few simple tips to help you make your treatment as effective as possible.
Follow these guidelines for best results:
Incorporate LATISSE into your nightly routine — for example, after you've washed your face and brushed your teeth.
Keep it handy
Store the LATISSE bottle near your other skin care products or toothbrush, so you won't forget to apply it each night.
LATISSE (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.03% takes time to work. Only use it once a night, and don't overuse it, as this may increase the chance of experiencing eye redness or itchiness.
If your eye makeup remover leaves an oily residue on your eyelids, wash off any excess oils with soap and water to ensure a clean surface before you apply LATISSE.
Follow the rules
Always use the sterile, disposable, FDA-approved applicator provided in the kit. Don't try to apply LATISSE with a cotton swab. The LATISSE applicator is specially designed to hold a drop and release a drop.
Don't play catch up
If you miss a dose one night, don't apply more just to catch up. Simply apply LATISSE the next evening and stay on schedule.
Beware of germs
Don't let the tip of the bottle or applicator contact your fingers or any other unintended surface, in order to avoid contamination by common bacteria known to cause infections.
If you are using prescription products for lowering eye pressure or have a history of eye pressure problems, only use LATISSE under close doctor supervision. It may cause eyelid skin darkening which may be reversible, and there is a potential for increased brown iris pigmentation which is likely to be permanent. There is a potential for hair growth to occur in areas where LATISSE solution comes in repeated contact with skin surfaces. If you develop or experience any eye problems or have eye surgery, consult your doctor immediately about continued use of LATISSE. The most common side effects after using LATISSE solution are an itching sensation around the eyes and or eye redness.