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What is Latisse?

Latisse is the first and only FDA-approved prescription medication for eyelash lengthening, thickening and darkening. Latisse has the ability to help those with hypertrichosis, a condition of abnormal hair growth patterns that can cause some people to have very few eyelashes. When used regularly, prescription Latisse has been shown to be very effective at promoting eyelash growth. However, it requires continuous use of the product to maintain its results. Keep in mind that if you’re considering Latisse, know that it will require a long-term commitment.

History of Latisse

The history of how Latisse was originated is quite a story. Latisse was actually first used as an eyedrop prescription treatment. People who were using this treatment began to notice that their eyelashes seemed fuller and darker as a result. These results transitioned into a separate product known as Latisse. After clinical trials, Latisse was approved by the FDA in December of 2008. From then on, Latisse quickly became widely known as the eyelash enhancer.

How does Latisse work?

Now that we know what Latisse is and how it originated, the next obvious questions would be, how it works. Latisse is able to make eyelash growth possible because of its active ingredient known as bimatoprost. Bimatoprost is a drug that treats high pressure in the eyes.

Is Latisse Safe to use?

Alright! My eyelash problems are finally going to be a thing of the past! Not so fast! Unfortunately, Latisse is not for everyone, and it is a prescription medication so you need to consult your doctor first. Generally speaking, as long as you have healthy eyes, it is safe to use. However, if you’re not entirely sure about how healthy your eyes are, visit your eye doctor and receive an examination to find out if you qualify for latisse. Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you have an active eye infection?
  • Have you ever been diagnosed with elevated intraocular pressure?
  • Any broken or irritated skin on eyelid?
  • Any history of loss of eyelashes?
  • Any history of shingles around eye?
  • Any history of prior discoloration on the eyelid?

Are there side effects using Latisse?

A frequently asked question about Latisse is if there are any potential side effects to this prescribed medication. While Latisse has been FDA-approved as a safe and effective prescription medication that promotes healthy eyelash growth, Latisse does in fact have some associated side effects. The most common symptoms include:

  • Itchy Eyes
  • Dry Eyes
  • Red Eyes
  • Darkened Eyelids
  • Hair growth around the eye
  • Heavy Eyes

To avoid hair growth in unwanted areas, make sure you very carefully apply the medication to only the upper eyelid lash line.

How do I use Latisse?

The recommended dosage is one application per night to the skin of the upper eyelid lash line only!

WARNING! DO NOT APPLY into the eye or to the lower lid. Only use the sterile applicator supplied with Latisse to apply the solution. If you miss a dose, don’t play “catch up!” Just apply Latisse the next following evening. If done correctly, you will notice a substantial improvement by 2 months after starting the treatment. Important Note: use of Latisse more than once a day will not increase the speed of growth of the eyelashes.

What happens if I stop using Latisse?

If Latisse is discontinued, your eyelashes are expected to revert and return back to their previous appearance over several weeks to months. Additionally, any eyelid skin darkening is also expected to reverse.

What are the results of Latisse?

Latisse is not an instant medication that will boost your eyelashes within a few days. Latisse is a slow process that’ll reach fruition in a couple weeks. Have patience and enjoy your youthful luscious eyelashes.

Latisse treatment progression from Week 1 to Week 8 to Week 16

Latisse treatment progression From Week 0 to Week 16