LatisseLatisse is a prescription solution that is used to grow longer and darker eyelashes. The product was FDA approved in December of 2008 for the treatment of hypotrichosis, i.e. inadequate eyelashes.
Who can benefit from using Latisse?
If you have short and/or sparse upper eyelashes and want them to be longer, darker and thicker, Latisse may be a good option for you. Many individuals – particularly contact lens wearers – don't like to apply mascara each day, but would like to have fuller, more attractive lashes.
Studies of Latisse show that about 80% of those who use it as prescribed achieve a significant increase in length, darkness, and fullness of their eyelashes.
Where can I get Latisse?
Latisse is a prescription product that can be obtained after a standard examination to review your medical history and determine if Latisse is suitable for you. Potential side effects will be discussed and once you've been shown how to properly apply Latisse, the doctor can write your prescription.
How do I use Latisse?
You will learn how to use Latisse during your office visit so that you will feel comfortable using it at home. It's a simple process. The solution is applied directly along the base of your upper eyelashes once a day with a small, easy-to-use applicator. A tissue is used to gently dab any excess from around the eye area. It is not for use on the lower lashes or eyebrows. If you wear contact lenses, you will be advised to remove them before applying Latisse to your upper lashes. You can reinsert them again 15 minutes after you finish.
What can I expect after using Latisse?
Between 8 and 6 weeks after you begin your daily at-home application of Latisse, you can expect to see results. In 16 weeks, you should see the full effects of Latisse.
Latisse is not a permanent solution for short, sparse eyelashes. It works while you use it, but your lashes will regress to their natural state if you stop using it.
What are the risks?
Approximately 4% of Latisse users report itching and/or eye redness, which are temporary. Less common are side effects that may occur on the skin near your eyes, such as skin darkening or irritation. Keeping Latisse solution on the base of the upper lashes and taking care not to get it on other parts of the eye can reduce the risk of side effects such as irritation. Still, it's important to be assessed by a doctor to make sure you are a good candidate for this lash-growing solution. All prescription medications have potential side effects, and we will discuss them with you during your office visit and make sure you are clear on how to apply Latisse.