Latisse

What is Latisse?

Latisse is a FDA-approved topical medication to grow longer, thicker, and darker eyelashes.

How does Latisse work?

Latisse is composed of a drug called bimatoprost.  It was original used as an eye-drop for glaucoma but it was noticed that patients using bimatoprost had significantly longer lashes.  It is believed that Latisse lengthens the anagen phase of the hair cycle (the period when hair grows) and increases the number of hairs produced.   

How do you use Latisse?

You apply Latisse by dabbing it on the upper lash line each night with the sterile applicators supplied.  The drug spreads to your lower lash line automatically as you blink. You should never apply it in your eye.  Before you apply, your face must be clean and your makeup and contact lenses removed.

Always discard each applicator after one use. Re-using applicators, even just once the next evening, can cause serious problems, such as an eye infection or allergic reaction. And apply it carefully, since Latisse may promote hair growth on other skin areas.

After two months of nightly use, you may begin to see results. After three or four months, you may space out your treatments to every two days. If you stop using Latisse, your eyelashes will gradually return to their former state.

Is Latisse safe?

Latisse is a very safe medication.  However, you may not be a candidate if you have certain eye conditions such as uveitis, eyelid dermatitis, ocular hypertension, or glaucoma.  You should check with your Ophthalmologist before stating the medication.  In the clinical trials, very few people reported eye redness and itchiness.  Darkening of the iris (the colored portion of the eye) has long been talked about as a potential side effect but was not reported in any of the Latisse studies.

Latisse is a prescription medication.  If you are interested in trying Latisse, please call our office at 423-429-2570 or mention it at your next appointment with us.