Latisse is the first and only FDA-approved prescription treatment for inadequate eyelashes. By using Latisse, patients can grow eyelashes that are longer, thicker and darker.
If you have short or sparse upper eyelashes (a condition called hypotrichosis) and want longer, darker and thicker eyelashes, Latisse may be a good option for you. Many individuals – particularly contact lens wearers – don’t like to apply mascara each day, but would like to have fuller, more attractive lashes. Studies of Latisse show that about 80% of those who use it as prescribed achieve a significant increase in eyelash length, color and fullness of their eyelashes.
Where to Purchase Latisse
Latisse is a prescription product that can be obtained after a standard examination to review your medical history and determine if Latisse is suitable for you. Potential side effects will be discussed and once you’ve been shown how to properly apply Latisse, the doctor may write your prescription.
You will learn how to use Latisse during your office visit so that you will feel comfortable using it at home. It’s a simple process. The solution is applied directly along the base of your upper eyelashes once a day with a small, easy-to-use applicator. A tissue is used to gently dab any excess from around the eye area. It is not for use on the lower lashes or eyebrows. If you wear contact lenses, you will be asked to remove them before applying Latisse to your upper lashes. You can reinsert them again 15 minutes after you finish.
After Using Latisse
Between 8 and 6 weeks after you begin your daily at-home application of Latisse, you can expect to see results. Since it works from the inside out, change is not instant. New eyelashes will grow in between your existing lashes, and the eyelash growth cycle takes time. In 16 weeks, you should see the full effects of Latisse.
Latisse is not a permanent solution for short, sparse eyelashes. It works while you use it, but your lashes will regress to their natural state if you stop using it.
Possible Side Effects of Latisse
Approximately 4% of Latisse users report itching and/or eye redness, which are temporary. Less common are side effects that may occur on the skin near your eyes, such as skin darkening or irritation. Keeping Latisse solution on the base of the upper lashes and taking care not to get it on other parts of the eye can reduce the risk of side effects such as irritation. Still, it’s important to be assessed by a doctor to make sure you are a good candidate for this lash-growing solution. All prescription medications have potential side effects, and we will discuss them with you during your office visit and make sure you are clear on how to apply Latisse.