Latisse® is a topical medicine (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution, 0.03%) FDA-approved for the treatment of hypotrichosis, or thinning of the eyelashes. Latisse® works by increasing the length of the eyelash growth cycle, leading to an increase in the length well as number of eyelashes.
Available by prescription only, Latisse® comes in a prepackaged kit that includes one month’s worth of liquid medicine along with disposable applicators. Dr. Vallecillos will instruct patients on how to apply Latisse® to the base of the top eyelashes, and they are then able to administer the treatments to themselves from the comfort of their own home.
Patients do not need to take any preparatory measures before beginning Latisse® treatments.
Anesthesia is not necessary for Latisse® treatments, as the procedure is painless.
- At your appointment, Dr. Vallecillos will demonstrate how to correctly apply Latisse®.It is important to ensure that you are applying Latisse® in a sanitary setting, that your hands and the area to be treated are clean, and that you are using a fresh applicator. If you wear contact lenses, be sure to remove them and leave them out for at least fifteen minutes after the application is complete.Latisse® should only be applied to the base of the top eyelashes. Any skin that comes in contact with the medicine should be blotted clean.
Patients should begin to experience a noticeable change in the appearance of their eyelashes after eight weeks of treatment with Latisse®. The eyelashes should grow longer, appear darker, and be greater in number than prior to treatment.
Who is a candidate for Latisse®?
You should consider Latisse® if you suffer from hypotrichosis, or thinning of the eyelashes. Latisse® is generally recommended for women of at least 35 years of age.
What is the recovery time for Latisse®?
There is no recovery time after an application of Latisse®, although if you wear contact lenses, you should remove them before treatment and wait at least 15 minutes before putting them back in. Patients may return to their normal activities immediately after applying Latisse®.
Are there risks or side effects with Latisse®?
Latisse® is a safe treatment and side effects are generally mild and may include redness, itching, and irritation of the eye and eyelid area. Other less common risks can include eye infections and darkening of the skin near the treatment sites. You can help to minimize these risks by maintaining the sterility of the medicine’s container, disposing of applicators after each treatment, and blotting any areas of skin that may come into contact with Latisse®. Though uncommon, some patients developed brown spots on the iris of the eye, which was irreversible.
If you have currently taking medication for ocular hypertension (increased pressure within the eye), you should consult your primary physician before beginning treatments with Latisse®.
How long do the results last?
In clinical trials, most patients experienced results of at least double their initial lash fullness while using Latisse®. Results are only maintained through regular use of the product; ceasing your Latisse® treatments will cause lashes to eventually return to their original state.