What is LATISSE™?
LATISSE™solution is a prescription treatment for hypotrichosis used to grow eyelashes, making them longer, thicker and darker. LATISSE™is a nonsurgical treatment.
(Hypotrichosis is another name for having inadequate or not enough eyelashes.)
Benefits of LATISSE™
LATISSE™ (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.03% is the first and only prescription treatment approved by the FDA for inadequate or not having enough eyelashes, growing them longer, fuller and darker.
Although the precise mechanism of action is not known, research suggests that the growth of eyelashes occurs by increasing the percent of hairs in, and the duration of, the anagen (or growth) phase. Lashes can grow longer, thicker and darker because LATISSE™ can also prolong this growth phase.
How LATISSE™ works
LATISSE™ is easy to use, FDA approved and effective. It’s a once-a-day treatment you apply topically to the base of your upper eyelashes. Patients in a clinical trial saw results gradually over time (starting at 4 weeks with full results after 16 weeks). Results
LATISSE™ Before and After
Photos courtesy of Allergan Inc.
Could LATISSE™ cause my eye color to change?
Eye color change – iris pigmentation – was not reported in the LATISSE™ clinical trials. Iris pigmentation has occurred in patients who applied similar medications directly into the eye to treat elevated intraocular pressure/glaucoma. Keep in mind that the amount of product applied to the base of the upper eyelashes is only 5% of the volume vs. when applied directly into the eye. Most of LATISSE™ is absorbed by the skin at the upper eyelid margin. Please consult your doctor to learn more about LATISSE™.
LATISSE™ side effects
The most common side effects after using LATISSE™ solution are an itching sensation in the eyes and/or eye redness, which were reported in approximately 4% of patients. These may occur immediately after use, but should usually last only for a short period of time. Eye itching and eye redness are not allergic reactions, and do not mean that your eyes are being harmed.
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 eye irritation, dryness of the eyes, and redness of the eyelids. Skin darkening (or hyperpigmentation) is another less common side effect. This condition causes areas of skin to become darker than the surrounding skin color, but has been reported to be reversible after discontinuation of the product.
You should always only use the FDA-approved sterile applicators to apply LATISSE™directly to the base of your upper eyelashes. The applicators have been specially designed and manufactured to meet FDA standards, and ensure that the correct dose of LATISSE™ is applied. This will maximize effectiveness and safety.
LATISSE™ safety information
LATISSE™ is an FDA-approved prescription treatment for hypotrichosis used to grow eyelashes, making them longer, thicker and darker. Hypotrichosis is another name for having inadequate or not enough eyelashes. The FDA reviewed clinical study results to verify the identity, potency, purity and stability of the ingredients, and demonstrated that the product is safe and effective for its intended use if used as prescribed.