You can grow longer, fuller, darker eyelashes with Latisse.
What is Latisse?
Latisse is a prescription treatment for hypotrichosis (inadequate or not enough eyelashes). Latisse can be used to cosmetically make your eyelashes grow longer, thicker and darker and increase the number of eyelashes you grow. Latisse contains the same formulation as Lumigan (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution 0.01%) which has been approved in Canada since 2002 as a treatment to lower eye pressure in people with glaucoma.
- You have about 125 eyelashes on your upper eyelid
- Your eyelashes function to:
- protect your eyes from dust
- provide a reflex action to protect your eyes
- You have thinner, lighter and fewer eyelashes after age 35
- The eyelash life cycle is about 5 months
- There are three six-week phases to eyelash growth
- The anagen (growth) phase
- The telegen (resting) phase
- The catagen (cessation) phase
- Latisse works during the anagen (growth) phase
Who Uses Latisse?
- Women under age 35 – for cosmetic enhancement of eyelashes
- Women over age 35 – to enhance thinning lashes and a lower lash count.
What Can You Expect?
The effect is not instant. It takes 8 to 10 weeks before you have a significant difference in the length, fullness and darkness of your eyelashes. It takes 16 weeks until you enjoy the full effect. If discontinued, your eyelashes will return to their previous appearance in 16 weeks.
Latisse is the only eyelash enhancing agent studied with scientific scrutiny. A study of 281 females using Latisse revealed the following changes to eyelashes from baseline after 16 weeks:
- Fullness increased 106%
- Length increased 25%
- Darkness increased 18%
How Often Is Latisse Applied?
Most women apply Latisse every night for as long as they want the cosmetic effect.
Some women apply it every night for 16 weeks and then reduce their application to every other night to control the length of their lashes.
Potential Side Effects
Although side effects are rare, Latisse requires careful instruction, checkups and your compliance to avoid undesirable side effects.
When applied properly, 95% of Latisse will stay on your eyelid and only 5% will come into contact with your eye. Only 4% of Latisse users experience a side effect.
The most common side effects are:
- Itchy eyes
- Eye redness
- Eye dryness
Uncommon side effects are:
Darkening eyelid skin at the lash-line. This effect may be reversible when Latisse is discontinued. Hair may grow in other areas where Latisse comes into repeated contact. This effect is reversible when Latisse is discontinued. In theory, iris eye colour could darken (eg. turning blue eyes brown) however this has never been reported when Latisse is applied to an eyelid. This effect is only a risk when bimatoprost is applied directly to an eye as an eye drop for an extended period of time. This effect is not reversible when Latisse is discontinued.
Latisse should not be used if you:
- are pregnant or breast feeding
- are prescribed a prostaglandin analog eye drop for glaucoma
- have an eye infection
- are having eye surgery
- have an allergic response to Latisse
- Review risks and benefits
- Provides informed consent
- Photo-documents skin colour, eye colour and eyelashes pre-treatment
- Application instructions
- Doctor’s evaluation
- Photo-document skin colour, eye colour and eyelashes
- Council on status
Each Box of Latisse Contains
- A 10 week supply
- One 5ml bottle of Latisse
- 140 single-use sterile disposable applicators
- Note – until the fall of 2012, Latisse was only available in a 3ml bottle as a 4 week supply.
- The new 5ml bottle as a 10 week supply is a better value.
- Not refundable – no returns
- Latisse will not be dispensed without a doctors evaluation.
- Our clinic employs an esthetician and a professional make-up artist to aid you if necessary