Grow lush, longer, fuller, darker lashes.
What is Latisse?
Latisse is the only prescription treatment approved for the cosmetic treatment of hypotrichosis (inadequate or not enough eyelashes). It is bimatoprost ophthalmic solution 0.03%, a prostaglandin analog which has been prescribed for glaucoma (increased eye pressure) for many years. Patients noticed that their eyelashes were growing and darkening in colour. Only 5% of the glaucoma dose is used for the upper eyelid margin application of Latisse.
How does Latisse work?
It is thought to increase the duration and percentage of eyelashes in the growth phase of the hair cycle. Increased stimulation of pigment formation in the hair follicles causes darkening of the lashes. Eyelashes can grow longer, thicker and darker. You should only apply Latisse to the upper eyelid margin since excess hair growth outside the treatment area may occur. If you stop using it, eyelashes will gradually return to their previous appearance.
How is Latisse used?
After cleansing and removing make-up at night, a drop of Latisse is applied with a fine brush to the base of the upper lashes. Latisse contains the preservative benzalkonium chloride so contact lenses should be removed before application to avoid discolouration of the lenses and may be reinserted after 15 minutes. Wait at least 5 minutes to use other eye drops or ointments before or after applying Latisse. You may continue to use eye make-up, including eye liner and mascara.
How soon will you see results?
The lashes improve gradually over 8 to 16 weeks. Treatment is then two or three times a week for maintenance.
Are there any side effects?
Eyelashes and surrounding skin may permanently darken. If used inappropriately, or in large amounts into the eye as for glaucoma, there is a potential for permanently increased brown iris pigmentation. Rarely, itchiness, eye irritation, redness or dryness may occur. It may cause unexpected growth of hair if applied inappropriately to areas other than the upper eyelashes. Reports have shown that there is a possibility that eyelash enhancement may not be uniform.
Any special precautions?
Consult your eye physician if you have intraocular pressure and inform him/her that you are using Latisse if you are having glaucoma screening. Do not use Latisse if you are allergic to the preservative benzalkonium chloride.
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