Long lustrous eyelashes not only accent your eyes but can also give you a more alluring and beautiful aesthetic. Eyelash curlers, mascara, and various home remedies have all tried to make eyelashes thicker and longer but unfortunately, are only temporary or simply don’t give us the long- lasting results we desire.
Currently, the only guaranteed method for obtaining longer lashes is to opt for fake ones, either bought in-store or professionally applied by a beautician. But this has all changed now, as for the first time you can now grow your own longer, thicker, and darker lashes with LATISSE® the first FDA approved prescribed eyelash grower.
The following will address some of the most frequently asked questions about LATISSE®
- Does LATISSE® work?
- Yes. A clinical study involving LATISSE® conducted at 16 sites across the United States found that over a 16 week period participants saw overall lash prominence, including longer, thicker, and darker lashes. Study participants treated with LATISSE® saw a 25% increase in lash length, 106% increase in lash thickness/fullness and an 18% increase in lash darkness. Overall, LATISSE® was found to be effective in 78% of those participating in the study vs. 18% of those in the vehicle group (those using the same solution as LATISSE®, but without the active ingredient)
- What is the significance of FDA approval?
- The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the federal government agency responsible for protecting public health. They ensure the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices. They also ensure the safety of the nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. The FDA is extremely stringent, only approving drugs that been scientifically studied in valid clinical studies.
- How does LATISSE® work?
- While the exact mechanism of action is unknown, LATISSE® is believed to prolong the active growth (anagen) phase of the eyelashes.
- Do I need a prescription to use LATISSE®?
- Yes. LATISSE® needs to be prescribed by a doctor to assure proper treatment and use of the product.
- How do I use LATISSE®?
- LATISSE® is self-applied by each evening to the base of the upper eyelashes. It is advised beforehand to remove any makeup, clean the upper eyelid, and remove contact lenses if you wear them. Then using the supplied single-use brush applicator, place one drop of LATISSE® on to the applicator and apply the solution to ONLY THE UPPER EYELID MARGIN. It is advised not to apply LATISSE® in your eye or the lower lash as excess hair growth outside the treatment area may occur. The same process is repeated using a fresh applicator brush to avoid cross-contamination. Those who do wear contact lens should wait 15 minutes before placing them back in the eye after using LATISSE®
- For best results, LATISSE® needs to be used once a day for 16 weeks. Using LATISSE® more than once a day will not improve the speed of growth or the effectiveness of the product.
- What if I forget to apply LATISSE® for one night? For a few nights?
- It is not recommended to double-up your treatment if you miss a night or two. Simply resume your LATISSE® treatment the next evening using the one drop as usual during application.
- What if LATISSE® gets into my eye?
- LATISSE® is not expected to cause any harm to your eyes and it is not necessary to rinse the eyes either. Patients are advised to simply reinforce the proper application of the product to avoid eye exposure.
- Are there any side effects when using LATISSE®?
- Most common side effects include an inching sensation in the eyes and/or eye redness (reported in approximately 4% of patients during the clinical study). Less common side effects include skin darkening, eye irritation, dryness of the eyes, and redness of the eyelids.
- You should seek the advice of a physician immediately if you are currently using LATISSE® and develop a new ocular condition (e.g. trauma or infection), develop a sudden loss of vision, have had ocular surgery, or develop any ocular reactions such as conjunctivitis or eyelid reactions.
- Is there anyone who should not use LATISSE®?
- Those allergic to bimatoprost or any other ingredient found in the product should not use LATISSE ®. Those with ocular conditions (e.g. glaucoma), using medications for the treatment of any eye pressure problems, or having a known or suspected active eye disease should speak with an eye doctor first before starting LATISSE®
- How much does LATISSE® cost?
- One LATISSE® kit cost approximately $120 with daily cost to use the product equating to about the same as purchasing your morning coffee. However, prices may vary slightly by pharmacy and some states. Most doctors provide the ability to purchase from them directly with several special offers and promotional discounts available.