by Dr. Ann Jayaram, Board Certified Ophthalmologist, and Oculoplastic Surgeon
If you are going to invest in your lashes, how do you get the most out of Latisse (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution)?
Make it a routine.
Because I prefer that my Latisse application does not interact with other creams and makeup products, it is the last thing I sweep across my lids before bed. Every night 😉
2. Use the brushes in the pack.
Seems a little crazy that this product comes with about a million small brushes for such a small product, but it’s a good idea to use a clean, new applicator each night.
3. Don’t waste it!
One drop onto the brush per eyelid. More product does not mean longer lashes—it means Latisse dripping down your face.
4. Upper eyelids only.
It’s not intended for lower lid application, so don’t waste it here. The bigger bang for your buck is lengthening your upper lid lashes–there are over three times more of them 🙂
5. Stick with it.
Don’t get discouraged if you don’t get overnight results. After one month of applying every day, most people see a difference in length of lashes.
6. Tell your doctor if you are experiencing irritation.
You’ll read many articles about the possible darkening of your eye color but the much
7. Use the real thing!
There are many imitators coming out on the market these days, but none of them work the way Latisse does—and none of them have the FDA and scientific research behind them.
A note on side effects and safety information: Latisse (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) is FDA approved for the treatment of thin or not enough eyelashes (eyelash hypotrichosis).Do not use Latisse if you are allergic to Latisse or it’s ingredients, have glaucoma, or are currently treating it with medicated eye drops. Do not use Latisse if you are pregnant, possibly pregnant, or breastfeeding. Latisse may cause brown darkening of the colored part of the eye which is likely permanent or may cause eyelid skin darkening which may be reversible. If discontinued, lashes gradually return to previous appearance. For more information on contraindications, interactions, and potential side effects, please read the risks and benefits in important safety information.
Ann Jayaram, MD is an oculoplastic surgeon (eyelid specialist) practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area. She focuses on cosmetic upper and lower eyelid procedures, facial injectables, and laser skin resurfacing. You can reach her directly with any questions at [email protected], or visit her website at www.ellevatemd.com
What are the most important things I need to know about LATISSE®?
In patients using LUMIGAN® (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) or other prostaglandin analogs for the treatment of elevated intraocular pressure (IOP), the concomitant use of LATISSE® may interfere with the desired reduction in IOP. Patients using prostaglandin analogs including LUMIGAN® for IOP reduction should only use LATISSE® after consulting with their physician and should be monitored for changes to their intraocular pressure.
Increased iris pigmentation (brown darkening of the colored part of the eye) has occurred when bimatoprost solution was administered. Please be advised of the potential for increased brown iris pigmentation, which is likely to be permanent.
Bimatoprost has been reported to cause pigment changes (darkening) to the tissues around the eyes and eyelashes. The pigmentation is expected to increase as long as bimatoprost is administered, but has been reported to be reversible upon discontinuation of bimatoprost in most patients.
There is the potential for hair growth to occur in areas where LATISSE® solution comes in repeated contact with skin surfaces. Apply LATISSE® only to the skin of the upper eyelid margin at the base of the eyelashes. DO NOT APPLY LATISSE® to the lower lid.
LATISSE® solution should be used with caution in patients with active intraocular inflammation (eg, uveitis) because the inflammation may be exacerbated.
Who should not use LATISSE®?
Do not use LATISSE® if you:
Are allergic to one of the ingredients in LATISSE®
Are under 18 or if you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant or breastfeeding
If you use/used prescription products for eye pressure problems, use LATISSE® under your doctor’s care.
What are the most common side effects of LATISSE®?
In clinical trials of LATISSE®, the most frequently reported side effects were:
conjunctival hyperemia (redness of the eye)
skin hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin)
dry eye symptoms
and erythema (redness) of the eyelid.
These adverse events occurred in less than 4% of participants.
Postmarketing Experience: The following reactions have been identified during postmarketing use of LATISSE® in clinical practice:
eyelid edema (swelling)
hypersensitivity (local allergic reactions)
increased tear production
madarosis and trichorrhexis (temporary loss of a few eyelashes to loss of sections of eyelashes, and temporary eyelash breakage, respectively)
periorbital and lid changes associated with a deepening of the eyelid sulcus (fold where the eyelid meets the lower eyebrow)
rash (including macular and erythematous)
skin discoloration around the eye (periorbital)
and vision blurred.
What is the FDA-approved use of LATISSE®?
LATISSE® (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.03% is indicated to treat hypotrichosis (thinning of the eyelashes) of the eyelashes by increasing their growth, including length, thickness, and darkness.
When should I call my primary provider?
Call your primary provider right away if you:
Experience a new eye condition (trauma or infection or injury)
Experience a sudden change/decrease in vision
Have eye surgery
Develop any eye reactions, especially eye redness and eyelid reactions
Develop any new symptom while on Latisse
Start a medication to lower the pressure in your eye. Patients on eye pressure lowering medications should not use Latisse without prior consultation with their eye physician.
If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 or seek immediate medical attention.
What should I tell my Rory-affiliated provider before using LATISSE®?
Tell your Rory-affiliated provider all of the medications you are currently taking, if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, or if you have a history of:
Glaucoma or increased intraocular pressure
Have or have a history of macular edema
Have or have a history of intraocular inflammation
Have any other condition affecting your eyes
Have recently had a procedure on one or both eyes, including lasik surgery
Are using any intraocular medications
Withholding or providing inaccurate information about your health and medical history in order to obtain treatment may result in harm, including, in some cases, death.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription products to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.