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Questions About Latisse®

Questions About Latisse®


Frequently Asked Questions About Latisse® Lash Growth Treatment

What is Latisse?

Latisse (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.03% is the first and only prescription treatment approved by the FDA for inadequate or sparse eyelashes. It is manufactured and backed by the global leader in pharmaceuticals, Allergan. Bimatoprost is a medication that was developed for the treatment of elevated intraocular pressure, and when many of these patients reported growing thicker, fuller lashes as a side effect of their treatment, Allergan conducted a clinical trial of bimatoprost specifically for growing lashes. Latisse was FDA-approved for this use in 2008.

How Do I Use Latisse?

Each Latisse kit contains detailed instructions for proper application. You can also watch the video demonstration below. Remove any makeup, clean the upper eyelids and remove their contact lenses, if applicable. Contact lenses can be placed back in the eye after 15 minutes following the application of Latisse. Then, using the single-use applicator brush provided in the package, one drop of Latisse is placed on the applicator brush and applied to the base of the upper eyelid lash margin (Do not apply “in” your eye or the lower lash line as excess hair growth outside the treatment area may occur). The same process is repeated using a fresh applicator brush to avoid cross contamination. Be careful not to allow the tip of the bottle or applicator to contact surrounding structures, fingers or any other unintended surface in order to avoid contamination by common bacteria known to cause infections. After applying, any excess fluid should be blotted off with a tissue. For best results, Latisse needs to be used once a day for 16 weeks for beginners. Using Latisse more than once a day will not grow your lashes faster or improve the effectiveness of the product. Continuous use of Latisse is required to keep your lashes longer darker and thicker 

Why do the 3mL and 5mL bottles look the same size?

On August 1, 2012, Allergan introduced in the USA the larger 5mL Latisse bottle in addition to the original 3mL Latisse bottle, using a very similar style white bottle but a new, cylindrical cap. They are close in bottle size because the space taken up by that additional 2mL of fluid is very small—although it goes a very long way!

How long will a bottle last me?

One 3mL bottle comes with 70 disposable brushes for 35 applications (one brush per eye per night), or approximately 5 weeks of use. One 5mL bottle comes with 140 disposable brushes for 70 applications, or approximately 10 weeks of use.

How long is the bottle good for?

Your Latisse bottle is good for at least 16 months from our shipping date and usually more. The Latisse expiration date is listed as month and year. Example: 3/18 (March, 2018)

Can I use Latisse with contact lenses, makeup, or false eyelashes?

Yes! Just make sure to remove your contacts and makeup before you apply Latisse and leave your eyes alone for at least 15 minutes afterward. You can use false eyelashes as well, though you should no longer need to. Be aware, though, that the adhesive from false lashes sometimes pulls out real lash hairs when removed.

What happens if I stop using Latisse? What if I just miss a few nights?

Latisse continues to work as long as you use it consistently. If you stop using it, your lashes are expected to return to their previous appearance. Missed a dose? Just resume your regimen the next night-- don't double any daily treatments to “catch up”.

Who should not use Latisse?

If you are being treated for any eye condition(s) including glaucoma, macular edema, or inflammation, or using any other medication for an eye condition, consult your physician about whether you should get a prescription for Latisse. If you are allergic to bimatoprost, you should not use it. Because there are no adequate and well-controlled studies of bimatoprost ophthalmic solution 0.03% administration in pregnant women or nursing mothers, Latisse should be used with caution and monitored by a physician if used at all. If you experience skin darkening, redness, itching, or irritation where you've applied the product, discontinue use and the conditions should reverse.

How is Latisse different from other lash growth products?

Latisse is the only FDA-approved product with clinical evidence that it can grow lashes longer, fuller and darker.

Can I use Latisse on my eyebrows?

Latisse is only FDA-approved to be used on the upper eyelid margin to promote eyelash growth. Please consult with your physician for other uses that are “off-label”.

What are the side effects of Latisse?

If you use/used prescription products for eye pressure problems, use Latisse under doctor care. May cause brown darkening of the colored part of the eye which is likely permanent. Latisse may cause eyelid skin darkening which may be reversible. Only apply at base of upper lashes. DO NOT APPLY to lower lid. Hair may grow outside the treatment area. If you have eye problems/surgery, consult your doctor. Common side effects include itchy and red eyes. If discontinued, lashes gradually return to previous appearance. Please refer to Allergan's Safety Information and Full Product Information.

To report a side effect, please call Allergan at 1-800-433-8871.

  • CherylLeeMD