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Latisse is a cosmetic formulation by Allergan, a multi-specialty health care company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing innovative pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices and over-the-counter consumer products. The product was approved by the FDA in 2008 to lengthen, darken and thicken eyelashes. Latisse is applied as bimatoprost ophthalmic solution at 0.03%, to the base of the eyelashes. Allergan studies report that, on average, noticeable upper eyelash growth occurs within 4 to 16 weeks.

Expected Latisse Results

On average, users can expect to see significant eyelash growth, including an increase in volume as well as darkening of the eyelashes. Bimatoprost is believed to affect the growth phase (anagen) of the eyelash hair cycle by increasing the length of time of this phase as well as the number of hairs in this growth phase. FDA study participants experienced the following results after 16 weeks of use:

Eyelash length is increased by 25 percent

  • Thickness and fullness is increased by 106 percent
  • Eyelash darkness is increased by 18 percent

Latisse Cost

Depending on the amount of solution (3ml or 5ml bottle), patients can expect to spend anywhere from $125-$179 per bottle. Latisse is also available directly from Allergan partners, in which case patients can expect to pay anywhere from $65-$109 per bottle.

Is Latisse Right for You?

Latisse is a prescription drug. As with all prescription drugs, there are some medical conditions which may interact with Latisse. Individuals with any of the following medical conditions should consult with their physician before using Latisse:

  • Women who are pregnant, planning pregnancy or breast feeding
  • Those that have allergies to medicine, food or any substance in general
  • Those that have had or are planning on having eye surgery
  • Those with a history of high eye pressure or glaucoma
  • Those that are taking any kind of medication

How to Use Latisse?

Every authentic Latisse product comes with a patient instructional leaflet. The Latisse solution is applied once nightly for a period of about 4-16 weeks to attain noticeable eyelash growth, increase in thickness and darkening of the eyelashes. Before applying the Latisse solution it is important to follow safety instructions:

  • Remove contact lenses and wait at least 15 minutes before putting the lenses back in the eyes.
  • Wash your hands and face to remove any dirt, oils and makeup.
  • Place one drop of the Latisse solution close to the tip of the applicator brush and without hesitating draw the applicator brush along the inner and outer part of your lash line, where the eyelashes meet the skin.
  • It is very important to throw the applicator away right after you use it on one eye. Use a new applicator brush for the opposite eyelid. Do not reuse an old applicator.
  • Blot any excess solution from the eye using a tissue.
  • Do not apply any of the solution to the lower lash line.
  • Keep the applicator tip or the tip of the bottle away from any surface, including fingertips, to prevent germs and contamination.
  • Wait at least 5 minutes before placing any other medicines into or around the eye area.
  • Never use two Latisse doses at once. If you skip a dose of the solution use it as soon as you can, unless it is time for your next dose. In that case, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

Possible Latisse Side Effects

While most people do not report or experience adverse reactions to Latisse, it is still possible to experience one or more side effects, as with any prescription drug. If you experience persistent or bothersome adverse reactions contact your doctor immediately. Less than 4% of Latisse users have reported possible side effects including:

  • Burning, itching, dryness or redness of the eye
  • Inflammation or irritation
  • Eye fatigue or vision changes
  • The darkening of the eyelid or iris

This is not a complete list of possible Latisse side effects. Contact your physician or primary care doctor to address possible concerns.

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