Latisse

FAQs on Latisse Treatment in Tempe AZ

 

Latisse (bimatoprost) is a medication used to help grow eyelashes. This medication makes the lashes longer, darker, and thicker. Bimatoprost is a substance similar to prostaglandin, which is a naturally occurring chemical in the body.

Who is a candidate for Latisse?

Before using Latisse, discuss your medical problems with your doctor. Latissemay not be used in patients with macular edema, uveitis, glaucoma, iritis, and lens extraction. If you have eye surgery, an eye injury, or an infection, notify the doctor before using this medication. In addition, if you are having an eye pressure test (tonometry), notify the technician that you are taking this medication. Finally, you should not use Latisse when you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

How is Latisse applied?

Before use, ensure the face is clean, and remove contact lenses and makeup. Put one drop of Latisse on a cotton tip applicator and apply it to the skin of the upper eyelid margin (base of the eyelashes). Blot any excess solution off the eyelid, as the upper lid margin should feel only moist. Dispose of the applicator after use, and repeat on the other eyelid. You should not use Latisse on the lower lash line.

How often do I apply the medication?

Apply Latisse one daily, in the evening after all makeup is removed. It is best to apply before bedtime.

What do I do if Latisse gets into my eye?

If the medication gets into the eye, do not rinse the eye. A small amount will not cause any harm to the eye, as it is the same drug used to treat certain eye disorders.

How long will it be before Latisse works?

It could take up to two months before you see full benefits of Latisse. However, most people notice results within 3-6 weeks. Once the mediation use is stopped, the appearance of the eyelashes will return to the way they looked prior to usage.

What side effects are associated with Latisse?

The effects of Latisse may not be the same for both sets of eyelashes. Differences could occur in thickness, lash length, fullness, and color of lashes. In addition, the eyelid could become discolored. Other rare side effects include eye redness, dryness, and itching. Be sure to discuss the risks and benefits with the doctor before using Latisse.

How is Latisse dispensed?

Latisse (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution 0.03%) is supplied in a white sterile low-density polyethylene bottle. This is accompanied by several disposable applicators. The available sizes are:

  • 1.5 mL in a 5 mL bottle with 40 applicators NDC0023-3616-15
  • 3 mL in a 5 mL bottle with 70 applicators NDC0023-3616-70
  • 5 mL in a 5 mL bottle with 140 applicators NDC 0023-3616-05

How is Latisse stored?

You should keep Latisse in the refrigerator or at room temperature (at 36-77°F).

What is the success rate associated with Latisse?

Latissehas been studied for years. In a recent randomized controlled study involving 137 people, the participants used Latisse for 16 weeks. Results include:

  • 78% success rate with significant increase in overall eyelash prominence, including fullness, darkness, and length.
  • 100% fuller lashes compared to 12% in the placebo group.
  • 25% longer lashes compared to 2% in the placebo group.
  • 18% darker lashes compared to 3% in the placebo group.

Resources

Smith S, Fagien S, Whitcup SM, et al. Eyelash growth in subjects treated with bimatoprost: a multicenter, randomized, double-masked, vehicle-controlled, parallel-group study. J Am AcadDermatol. 2012;66(5):801-806.

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