What is Latisse?
Latisse solution is a pharmaceutical compound called Bimatoprost Ophthalmic Solution 0.03%. It has been shown to treat eyelashes to make them grow longer, thicker and darker. The solution was originally used for patients with glaucoma in the form of an eyedrop. Eye doctors and their patients, however, noticed that one of the side effects of the eyedrops was lusher, fuller and longer eyelashes as the patients continued to use the medication.
How does Latisse actually work?
Latisse increases the growing phase of the hair follicle, better known as the anagen phase, and it increases the number of hairs during this growth phase. It is actually a prostamide which used to treat ocular hypertension and glaucoma.
How long does it take for Latisse to work?
It typically takes about two months for Latisse to work as it works between the three phases of hair growth.
Why use Latisse?
If a patient is looking to have eyelashes that stand out, Latisse is the product that is highly recommended by celebrities and models and backed by the approval of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Is there anything else out there for longer thicker lashes?
There are two agents which work to increase lash growth, prostaglandins (such as travoprost and latanoprost) and prostamides (such as Bimatoprost, better known as Latisse). Several other companies have used prostaglandins that can increase eyelash growth, including Jan Marini Age Intervention Eyelash, Revitalash and MD Lash Factor. Jan Marini has reformulated Age Intervention Eyelash because it did contain Bimatoprost, as well.
What are the side effects of Latisse?
As per Allergan, the manufacturer of Latisse, the side effects of Latisse include blurred vision, redness of the eyelids, discoloration of eyelashes and discomfort.
Who should not use Latisse?
Patients with glaucoma, hypertension of the eye, or at risk for increased intraocular pressure should be monitored closely. Latisse may make the other medications less effective.
How do I use Latisse?
For patients who are approved to use Latisse after an evaluation by Dr. Shah, his trained office will inform and show you how to properly apply the solution to your lashes in-office using these steps.
- Before application, you must have a clean face and remove all makeup.
- If you are wearing contact lenses, you must remove them.
- Place Latisse on applicator and apply to junction of eyelid skin and eyelash. (USE ONLY ON THE UPPER EYELIDS) Go from the inner part of eyelid to the outer part.
- Blot any excess solution beyond eyelid margin to prevent any irritation of the eyes.
- Dispose of the eyelid applicator after use.
Can I buy Latisse without a prescription?
Latisse requires the use of a prescription and a physician’s evaluation prior to its use. Most physician offices will charge a competitive rate (less than pharmacy rate) and offer a discount to free consultation for purchase of product. The knowledgeable office staff will teach patients how to properly apply Latisse to your lashes with the purchase of this product, as well.
When can I use Latisse after a Blepharoplasty?
Latisse can irritate the skin around the eye. We recommend waiting at least two weeks for recovery before starting Latisse.
What did the research studies show on Latisse?
Studies showed an increase in thickness, length and darkness of eyelashes. Over 35 clinical trials have demonstrated the safety of Latisse on more than 6000 patients for glaucoma. Coincidentally, Latisse was found to alter eyelash appearance, as well.
Why contact Dr. Shah’s office for Latisse?
It is often more economical for patients to obtain Latisse through a physician’s office. Since Dr. Shah participates with Allergan’s Brilliant Distinction program, patients are often benefiting from rebates and specials on Latisse only available through Brilliant Distinction participants. You can also sign up at the office to receive more information about any special promotions that Dr. Shah’s office and the Brilliant Distinctions Program are running.
Who is a good candidate for Latisse?
Anyone can use Latisse except select patients with glaucoma and patients who are prone to irritability around the eye. Our office can evaluate to determine if you are eligible for this product. In Elle magazine, several top models and celebrities confessed to using Latisse as the number one beauty secret to get lush eyelashes.
Is Latisse FDA approved?
Yes. It is the first FDA answer to lengthening eyelashes.
Can you buy Latisse over the counter?
No. Latisse is considered medical grade and not available over the counter. Latisse is only made available with a prescription and can only be purchased at a physician’s office like Dr. Shah’s office.
Will my lashes stay long forever?
No. After stopping the use of Latisse, the patient’s eyelashes will regress to their appearance prior to the use of Latisse.
Will my eyelashes grow in 2 days after using Latisse?
No. It takes at least 8 weeks and up to 4 months to see your lashes begin to thicken and darken.
My wife is breastfeeding, is it ok for her to continue using Latisse?
No. Latisse is not approved for women who are currently breastfeeding. While it is unknown if chemicals from Latisse can be transmitted through breast milk, it is common to just cease use of Latisse as a cautious measure.
Latisse can be used on lower eyelashes as well?
No. Latisse should be used only on the upper eyelashes. Use of Latisse on the lower eyelashes can lead to inward curling of the eyelashes which can potentially cause irritation of the eye.
Is Latisse the same as bimatoprost topical ophthalmic?
Latisse was derived from the Ophthalmic Bimatoprost which is used to treat glaucoma. Bimatoprost topical is an artificial form of a naturally occurring substance called prostaglandin.
The main contraindications for Latisse are as follows:
- history of glaucoma
- swelling or infection around the eye
- recent eye surgery
Can I wear contact lens with Latisse?
The best advice is to remove contact lens first then place Latisse at night. If you need to insert your contact lenses wait at least 15 minutes as Latisse can discolor soft contact lenses. Latisse is only available through a physician so contact Dr. Shah’s office for the first FDA approved product for lengthening and straightening eyelashes.