Eyelash Growth & Latisse
Please find commonly asked questions about Latisse, a topical (drop) based treatment used for eyelash growth.
LATISSE should be applied once nightly to the upper eyelid margin (the base of your eyelashes). Ensure your face is clean, and you've removed makeup and contact lenses. Use only one drop of LATISSE on the sterile applicator provided and apply it evenly along the skin of the upper eyelid margin. If there is any excess solution, blot it with a tissue or cloth. Dispose of the applicator after one use and repeat the process for the other eye with a new applicator.
LATISSE® is packed in different ways, each package includes a bottle of the solution and some disposable applicators. Here are the options:
- 1.A small pack with a bottle of 1.5 mL LATISSE® and 40 applicators.
- 2.A pack with a 3 mL bottle of LATISSE® and 60 applicators.
- 3.A pack with a 3 mL bottle of LATISSE® and 80 applicators.
- 4.A big pack with a 5 mL bottle of LATISSE® and 140 applicators.
One thing to note about LATISSE is that it could increase the brown pigmentation of your iris, which is the coloured part of your eye. This is called "iris pigmentation". This change could happen slowly and might not be noticeable for months or even longer. The mechanism behind this isn't completely understood yet. If any change in iris colour is observed, you should stop using LATISSE and consult your doctor. This change may not be symmetrical, and you might notice darker or brown spots appearing on the iris. It's also important to know that this change might be permanent.
After applying LATISSE, you might experience a temporary blur in vision. This could potentially affect your ability to drive or operate machinery safely. If this occurs, it is advised that you wait until your vision clears before you get behind the wheel or use machinery.
LATISSE is a solution composed of several ingredients. The main active ingredient is bimatoprost. Other ingredients include benzalkonium chloride (used as a preservative), citric acid monohydrate, purified water, sodium chloride, and sodium phosphate dibasic heptahydrate. The solution's pH may also be adjusted with hydrochloric acid and/or sodium hydroxide.
If you have certain eye conditions, using LATISSE might aggravate them. For instance, if you have an eye inflammation known as uveitis, or a retina-related condition called macular edema that can distort your vision, LATISSE might not be suitable for you. If you're diagnosed with high eye pressure, or if you're already taking other eye medications that are prostaglandins (like Xalatan, Travatan, or Lumigan), it's essential that you only use LATISSE under the close supervision of your doctor.
Yes, there's a possibility that LATISSE could lead to hair growth in areas where the solution repeatedly comes into contact with your skin. Also, it may darken the skin around your eyes. It's therefore important to carefully apply LATISSE® only on the skin of the upper eyelid margin at the base of the eyelashes and blot any excess solution.
Yes, after LATISSE was released to the market, some users reported additional side effects such as eye disorders (like eyelid irritation, eye pain, and blurred vision), immune system disorders (like allergic reactions), nervous system disorders (like headaches), and skin disorders (like dry skin and rashes). It's important to note that these reports are voluntary and their frequency cannot be accurately estimated.
The safety and effectiveness of LATISSE haven't been studied in people who have no visible eyelashes due to certain conditions or medications. If you have these issues, it's best to manage these conditions first before considering LATISSE. Always consult with a healthcare provider before starting a new medication.
There haven't been enough studies to confirm if LATISSE is safe to use during pregnancy. In animal studies, certain adverse effects were observed, but these occurred at doses much higher than what a human would typically receive. Due to the lack of concrete evidence, TeleTest physicians do not recommend the use of LATISSE in pregnancy.
It's not known for certain if the active ingredient in LATISSE, bimatoprost, is passed into human breast milk. However, it was found in the breast milk of animals in studies.Due to the lack of concrete evidence, TeleTest physicians do not recommend the use of LATISSE while breastfeeding.