If you wish for longer, thicker, fuller eyelashes without the mess of mascara,
Latisse®. With Latisse, you can grow longer, fuller, darker eyelashes—no
falsies necessary! Every woman knows that water and mascara don’t
mix. Latisse will allow you to enjoy your summer by the pool or out on
the lake without worrying about mascara running all over your face.
What is Latisse?
Latisse is the only prescription treatment for eyelashes that has been
approved by the FDA. It is a version of the glaucoma drug Lumigan (bimatoprost)
and was discovered by accident when eye doctors and glaucoma patients
began noticing that eyelashes appeared longer and fuller as a side effect
of the glaucoma drug.
How does Latisse work?
Although the exact mechanism that causes eyelashes to grow longer and fuller
is unknown, research points to bimatoprost, the active ingredient in Latisse
that impacts the growth phase of lashes and increases the percent of hairs
in eyelashes. Latisse is applied once a day to the base of the upper eyelashes.
With daily use, it is proven to increase length and thickness of eyelashes
in just 12 to 16 weeks. In clinical trials of Latisse, 70 percent of participants
experienced a significant increase in overall eyelash prominence, including
length, fullness and darkness after 16 weeks of using the product.
Tips for success with Latisse
Just how much eyelash growth you experience while using Latisse is partially
dependent on proper use of the product. Use these tips to make your Latisse
treatment as effective as possible:
• Make it part of your routine. Store Latisse near your other skincare products (or maybe even your toothbrush),
and incorporate application of the product into your nightly routine.
If you miss a dose,
do not apply double doses the following day.
• Be patient. You will not notice a difference overnight or even after a few weeks.
Latisse takes time to work (about 12 to 16 weeks), so be patient.
• Apply to clean eyelids. Remove any eye makeup and remove excess oil residue with soap and water
before applying Latisse.
• Use an approved applicator. Only use a sterile, FDA-approved applicator provided in your kit. Do not
attempt to apply LATISSE with a cotton swab. Don’t let the tip of
the bottle or applicator come in contact with your fingers or any other
unintended surface to avoid contamination.
Are there side effects of Latisse?
The side effects of using Latisse are minor. Some users in clinical trials
experienced itchy, red eyes, but some found those side effects to subside
once they grew accustomed to the product. A few users experienced eye
irritation, dryness or redness of the eye and skin darkening on or close
to the skin where the Latisse was applied. Others users report no side
effects when they applied the product properly.
Patients using Latisse need to be monitored to watch how the medication
affects their eye pressure. It is important to schedule a comprehensive
eye exam and routine pressure checks.
For more information about Latisse,
contact the Key-Whitman Eye Center and say goodbye to messy mascara this summer!