Latisse™ is the first and only prescription treatment for inadequate or insufficient eyelashes that is approved by the FDA. Available only by prescription, Latisse™ can grow eyelashes longer, thicker and darker.
Is Latisse™ right for you?
Drs. Cavanaugh and Jaynes will need to evaluate your eyes and current medical history to determine if you are a good candidate. You should not use Latisse™ if you have an active eye condition, including an eye infection, or have broken or irritated skin on your eyelid. If you are using products for elevated intraocular pressure, you should only use Latisse™ after consulting with your doctor.
Common side effects include an itching sensation in the eyes and/or eye redness. This was reported in approximately 4% of patients. Less common side effects, which typically occur on the skin close to where Latisse™ is applied or in the eyes, include skin darkening, eye irritation, dryness of the eyes, and redness of the eyelids.
Below are some of the most frequently asked questions patients have about Latisse and their eyes. If you have any other questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Cavanaugh Eye Center.
What is Latisse™ (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.03%?
Latisse™ solution is a prescription treatment for hypotrichosis used to grow eyelashes, making them longer, thicker and darker.
What is hypotrichosis of the eyelashes?
Hypotrichosis is another name for having inadequate or not enough eyelashes.
How does Latisse™ work?
The active ingredient in Latisse™ is bimatoprost. Originally it was used to treat glaucoma patients for their increased eye pressure. Eye care professionals have a long history with this medication and trust it's safety profile. While the precise mechanism of action for lash growth is not known, recent research suggests that Latisse grows longer, thicker and darker lashes by prolonging the lashes growth phase.
How do I apply Latisse™
Latisse™ is a once-a-day treatment you apply yourself each evening to the base of the upper eyelashes.
How soon will I see results?
Latisse™ users may see results starting at 4 weeks with full results after 16 weeks. The growth is gradual, over time.
Is Latisse™ a replacement for mascara?
No, Latisse™ does not work in place of mascara. However, mascara is a nice complement to Latisse™ to help make your new longer eyelashes look even more attractive.
Is Latisse™ different from nonprescription products that indicate eyelash growth?
Latisse™ solution is the first and only prescription treatment approved by the FDA for inadequate or insufficient eyelashes, growing them longer, fuller and darker.
What if I forget to apply one night? Or a few nights?
If you miss an application or a few, don't try to catch up. Just apply the Latisse™ treatment the next evening to stay on schedule.
What happens if I stop using Latisse™
If you stop using Latisse™, your eyelashes are expected to return to their previous appearance over several weeks to months.
Can I get a prescription for Latisse™ from any doctor?
First, ask your doctor if Latisse™ is right for you. Ophthalmologists and Optometrists have been using this drug for years. Although most physicians can prescribe Latisse™, some may be more familiar with this product than others, especially eye doctors. Call Cavanaugh Eye Center to setup your consultation.
What are the possible side effects of Latisse™?
The most common side effects after using Latisse™ solution are an itching sensation in the eyes and/or eye redness. This was reported in approximately 4% of patients. Latisse™ solution may cause other less common side effects which typically occur on the skin close to where Latisse™ is applied, or in the eyes. These include skin darkening, eye irritation, dryness of the eyes, and redness of the eyelids.
What should I do if I get Latisse™ in my eye?
Latisse™ solution is an ophthalmic drug product. If any gets into the eye, it is not expected to cause harm. The eye should not be rinsed.
Who should NOT use Latisse™?
Do not use Latisse™ solution if you are allergic to one of its ingredients.
What is skin hyperpigmentation?
This is a common, usually harmless condition in which patches of skin become abnormally darker than the surrounding skin color. This occurs when an excess of melanin, the brown pigment that produces normal skin color, forms deposits in the skin. Hyperpigmentation is a possible side effect of Latisse™, but may be reversible after you discontinue use.