LATISSE® is an eyelash enhancement drug manufactured by Allergan, the maker of BOTOX® and JUVÉDERM®. With LATISSE®, you can see longer, fuller and darker eyelashes in a matter of weeks by just brushing the product on your upper eyelids daily to keep lashes in a perpetual growth phase.
Who Can Use LATISSE®?
LATISSE® is FDA approved for people who experience a condition called hypotrichosis, or inadequate eyelashes. If you are dissatisfied with your eyelashes, you may be a candidate for LATISSE®.
How to Apply LATISSE®
First, remove makeup and contact lenses and make sure your skin is clean. Next, hold the sterile applicator horizontally and place a single drop of LATISSE® on the area of the applicator closest to the tip (but not on the tip). Brush the applicator carefully along the skin at the base of the upper eyelashes, where the skin meets the lashes. Do not apply on the lower eyelid. Blot any excess with a tissue and dispose of the applicator.
After Using LATISSE®: What to Expect
LATISSE® does not work instantly. It takes at least 12 weeks for the full results to be appreciated. After about 8 weeks you should see a change in your eyelashes. In clinical studies of LATISSE®, 78 percent of participants realized a significant increase in their eyelashes at week 16.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there possible side effects?
- Approximately 4 percent of patients experience itching and redness
- Less common side effects include skin darkening, eye irritation, dryness of the eyes, redness of the eyelids, and increased brown pigmentation of the colored part of the eye.
There are safety instructions posted on the LATISSE® website that you may want to view before using it.
What is in LATISSE® that makes lashes grow?
Bimatoprost ophthalmic solution 0.03% is the active ingredient. The composition of LATISSE® is very similar to a popular glaucoma drug called LUMIGAN®.
What if I stop using LATISSE®?
Your eyelashes will gradually return to their normal appearance after you stop using LATISSE®.
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Rand includes LATISSE® among the several nonsurgical treatments offered to men and women through his medical spa. The patient-first focus of Dr. Rand and his expert staff at the Northwest Center for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery has established his team as one of the best plastic surgery practices in the Seattle area.
If you’d like to learn more about the results you can expect from LATISSE®, please don’t hesitate to contact our office in Bellevue today for more details.