What is Latisse?
Latisse is a version of FDA approved glaucoma drug called bimatoprost (brand name: Lumigan) used since 2001. During this period, ophthalmologists and their glaucoma patients noticed that their eyelashes grew longer and thicker over time.
Latisse was FDA approved for hypotrichosis used to grow eye lashes, making them longer, fuller and darker. Hypotrichosis is a condition where people have inadequate or thinning eyelashes.
Latisse eyelash enhancement is a prescription drug offered for patients who are good candidates for using the medication. Dr. Romanoff and his staff can determine if you are a suitable candidate during an appointment in our office.
How does Latisse work?
If you experience thinning or inadequate eyelashes due to various reasons, you may benefit from the treatments of Latisse.
According to studies, Latisse lengthen, thickens and darkens eyelashes by applying the product to the upper lash line each night with sterile applicators supplied. The drug spreads to the lower lash line as you blink.
Latisse should be applied once a day for at least eight weeks to the base of the upper lashes. Do not apply to the lower lids.
Result of treatment begins to show within one month of nightly use and our patients report big, beautiful and bright eyes. Optimal results are achieved at 16 weeks with lashes becoming longer, darker and fuller.
Latisse should be used only as directed and under physician observation. One of our staff members will provide you with directions on how to use Latisse.
Am I a candidate?
You may be a good candidate for Latisse if:
- You want to improve thinly dispersed eyelashes
- You want thicker, darker and fuller eyelashes
- You do not want to apply mascara every day
- You have realistic expectations of the outcome
What are the side effects?
Side effects of Latisse may include eye irritation, redness and itching sensation of the eye. This was reported in clinical studies with approximately 4 percent of patients. Less common side effect may include darkening on the skin close to the area where Latisse is applied. This usually expected to reverse several weeks or months after discontinued use of product. Call our office if you experience eyelid redness or itching.
While Latisse is safe for most patients, the drug is not recommended for use with diabetes, heart medication and other medications, allergies, neurological diseases, mild to moderate dry eye, skin or eye infections, nursing or pregnant. Discuss your health concerns with Dr. Romanoff