As we age, our eyelashes get finer, shorter, and lighter in color. Many patients don’t realize how much their eyelashes contribute to the appearance of aging. Mascara helps camouflage the loss of eyelashes, but at some point you may want a more dramatic look. Latisse stimulates eyelashes to grow longer, thicker, and darker, creating a more youthful appearance. With continual use of Latisse, you won’t need mascara.
What is Latisse?
Latisse is an FDA-approved prescription that includes a chemical that reduces eye pressure (glaucoma) and increases the fluid that drains from your eye. This topical solution comes in eyedrop form known as bimatoprost, also known by the brand name Lumigan which is manufactured by Allergan, Inc. Latisse keeps eyelashes in the growth phase for longer and increases the number of hairs that grow.
What Can I Expect with Latisse?
First, make sure your face is clean and free of makeup. (Remove any contact lens.) Using the sterile applicator included in your Latisse package, apply the topical solution to the upper lashline each night for 16 weeks. Discard each applicator after a single use. The solution will transfer to the bottom lashline as you blink – you should never apply Latisse directly to the bottom eyelash line. Be careful where you apply the solution since Latisse can promote hair growth in other areas that it contacts.
Best results are seen after 16 weeks (during optimal treatment).
Recommended Pre-Treatment Instructions for Latisse
Latisse is not recommended for patients with severe allergic reactions, women who are pregnant or nursing, or those with eye problems (such as uveitis or conjunctivitis). Latisse may not be recommended for patients on antibiotics and heart medication.
What Happens After Latisse? Aftercare Instructions
Results are seen in as early as 3 weeks. You may shower, clean your face, and apply makeup as usual while using Latisse. If Latisse treatments are discontinued, eyelashes return to their original condition.
Are There Any Side Effects to Latisse?
Most patients don’t experience adverse side effects if they accidentally get Latisse in their eyes, but some experienced eye irritation, dry eyes, and itchiness. Some patients noticed eyelid skin darkening, which is a result of additional melanin in the skin. Some studies report that brown pigmentation in the iris of the eye is possible.
Disclaimer: Remember, each patient is different. Results will vary.