How does LATISSE® solution work?
We do not know exactly how LATISSE® works; however, we believe it does so by increasing the growth cycle (anagen) phase of your eyelash hair cycle. Anagen is the growth phase of all hair. We believe that it increases the length of the anagen phase and the number of hairs in this growth phase.
How is LATISSE® solution different than other lash products that don’t require a prescription?
My patients ask me this all the time. LATISSE® is the only FDA-approved product to grow lashes longer, fuller and darker for those who do not have enough lashes. It has been studied for safety and efficacy and is available only by prescription.
How do I use LATISSE®?
LATISSE® is a treatment you apply yourself each evening to the base of the upper eyelashes. Each LATISSE® kit contains detailed instructions for proper application. You can also watch a video demonstration in the How-to-Apply section of this website.
Patients should remove any makeup, clean the upper eyelids and remove their contact lenses, if applicable. Contact lenses can be placed back in the eye after 15 minutes following the application of LATISSE®. Then, using the single-use applicator brush provided in the package, one drop of LATISSE® is placed on the applicator brush and applied to the base of the upper eyelid lash margin (DO NOT APPLY in your eye or the lower lash line as excess hair growth outside the treatment area may occur). The same process is repeated using a fresh applicator brush to avoid cross contamination. Be careful not to allow the tip of the bottle or applicator to contact surrounding structures, fingers or any other unintended surface in order to avoid contamination by common bacteria known to cause infections. After applying, any excess fluid should be blotted off with a tissue. For best results, LATISSE® needs to be used once a day for 16 weeks. Using LATISSE® more than once a day will not grow your lashes faster or improve the effectiveness of the product.
Can LATISSE® change my eye color?
This is one of the most common questions asked. LATISSE® use may cause increased brown iris pigmentation of the colored part of the eye which is likely to be permanent. While very infrequent, increased iris pigmentation has occurred when LATISSE® solution was administered. Do not apply LATISSE® in your eye or to the lower lid. Ask your doctor for complete application instructions.
Can LATISSE® solution darken my eyelids?
While this is a common concern, eyelid skin darkening is actually a less common side effect. In a study for FDA approval, localized skin darkening only occurred in approximately 2.9% of patients using LATISSE®. It’s caused by an increase in melanin close to where the solutiuon is applied and is expected to reverse several weeks to months after discontinuing use of the product.
Can LATISSE® harm my eyes?
LATISSE® is an ophthalmic solution. If any solution gets into the eye, it is not expected to cause harm. You do not need to rinse your eyes. LATISSE® is not an eye drop. DO NOT APPLY in your eye or to the lower lid.
Should I wait to use LATISSE® solution until it has been around for a bit longer?
If you are interested in trying LATISSE®, there is no reason to wait to talk to your doctor. After clinical studies conducted by a team of 16 experienced doctors from all over the country, LATISSE® received approval from the FDA in December 2008 as the first and only prescription treatment to grow lashes longer, fuller and darker. And since then, approximately 2.5 million kits of LATISSE® have been sold.
How soon will I see results?
Patients need to be patient when using LATISSE® as the growth is gradual over time. Some may start to notice longer lashes after about a month and many should experience full results in approximately four months. This is similar to the clinical trial results, but individual results may vary. Just like it takes some time for LATISSE® to work, if use of LATISSE® is discontinued, eyelashes will return to their previous appearance over the course of several weeks to months.
What should I do if I experience eye redness or itching?
Eye redness and itching sometimes occur with the use of LATISSE®. During the clinical trial for FDA approval, and eye redness and irritation occurred in approximately 4% of patients. If the redness or itching persists (or if you notice other symptoms), you should consult your doctor. If you develop a new ocular condition (e.g., trauma or infection), experience a sudden decrease in visual acuity, have ocular surgery, or develop any ocular reactions, particularly conjunctivitis and eyelid reactions, you should immediately seek your physician’s advice concerning the continued use of LATISSE® solution.
Why do the directions say to only apply LATISSE® solution to the base of the upper eyelashes?
LATISSE® was only studied with patients who applied it to the upper lashes, so DO NOT APPLY in your eye or to the lower lid. It’s important to apply the product appropriately, as there is the potential for hair growth to occur in areas where LATISSE® solution comes in repeated contact with the skin surface. Patients should use the sterile applicator brushes that come with LATISSE®, and to apply the product carefully, and blot any excess solution to avoid having the solution run on the cheek or other skin areas.
What happens if I stop using LATISSE® solution?
Just like it takes some time for LATISSE® to work to grow lashes, if you stop using the product, your eyelashes will gradually return to their previous appearance over the course of several weeks to months.
What if I forget to apply one night? Or a few nights?
If you miss an application or a few, don’t try to catch up. You don’t want to double up on your treatments. Just apply the LATISSE® treatment the next evening and restart your schedule.
Is LATISSE® a replacement for mascara?
LATISSE® does not work in place of mascara, but rather is a treatment to grow lashes for those with inadequate or not enough lashes and requires a prescription from a doctor. Many LATISSE® patients still use mascara.
Can I use LATISSE® solution if I wear contacts?
Yes, but you should take them out before applying LATISSE®. Just remove your contact lenses and then wait for 15 minutes after applying LATISSE® before putting your contacts back in.
Can men use LATISSE® solution?
Both men and women can use LATISSE® to increase the length, thickness and darkness of the eyelashes if a doctor determines they are appropriate candidates for treatment.
Is there anyone who should not use LATISSE®?
LATISSE® is not appropriate for people who are allergic to bimatoprost or any other ingredient in the product. If you are under care for glaucoma, notify your ophthalmologist that you are using LATISSE®. As noted in the LATISSE® product label, people using medications for the treatment of any eye pressure problems should only use LATISSE® under close doctor care. Also, anyone with known or suspected active eye disease, or anyone who is at risk for eye disorders, should check with an eye doctor before using LATISSE®.
The information in this article was taken from http://www.latisse.com/WhatToExpect.aspx . Visit the LATISSE® website for more great information.