What is LATISSE®?
LATISSE® is an FDA-approved treatment to grow eyelashes for people with inadequate or not enough lashes. LATISSE® is a specially formulated solution from Allergan. It is available only through prescription and is the only FDA-approved medical product for its indication. To date, over 1.5 million bottles have been sold around the world!
Where can I get LATISSE® and how much does it cost?
Since LATISSE® is a medical product, it can only be obtained by prescription from a licensed medical doctor. At WellOne Medical Centre, your initial consultation and appointment to receive your prescription with a doctor will be scheduled for you. This appointment is free, the only thing you pay for is the actual product -
$150 For 3mL and $200 for 5mL.
How does LATISSE® work?
Bimatroprost is the active ingredient in LATISSE®. Bimatropost is a synthetic prostaglandin that is used to treat glaucoma (under the trade name LUMIGAN®). When patients were treated with LUMIGAN®, physicians found that not only did it effectively correct the incidence of glaucoma, a side effect was the growth of lusher and darker eyelashes - and thus LATISSE® was born.
Bimatroprost has been found to prolong the length of the active growing cycle of a hair follicle (known as the anagen phase) as well as the number of hairs growing.
What to expect when using LATISSE®
Great eyelashes don't just happen overnight. That's why it's important to note that LATISSE® solution works gradually and remarkably — with full results at week 16. Once you begin, you must continue applying the topical solution each night and follow the directions for best results. If you stop using LATISSE® at any time, your eyelashes will return to their previous appearance over several weeks to months.
Set your sights on growth.
As the treatment progresses, you'll first begin to see changes in length. Then, gradually, you'll notice more thickness and darkness in your lashes. If you're satisfied with your results by week 8, don't stop there. Stick with the treatment. After week 16, you'll see the full effect of LATISSE® solution — and so will others. After that, you can talk to your doctor about ongoing use.
How to apply LATISSE®
Use LATISSE® once a day before you go to bed. Remove contact lenses (if any) and cleanse the eye first. Topically apply to the base of the upper eyelashes only, using the applicators included. Remove excess solution by gently blotting with tissue, as hair growth can result in areas that are consistently exposed to the solution. Follow instructions closely to minimize the incidence of side effects. After the solution has been absorbed and the skin is dry, contact lenses may be reinserted. For more information please refer to the guide below.
LATISSE® Safety Info
Possible side effects
The most common side effects after using LATISSE® are an itching sensation in the eyes and/or eye redness, which were reported in approximately 4% of clinical trial patients. LATISSE® solution may cause other less common side effects which typically occur close to where LATISSE® is applied. These include skin darkening, eye irritation, dryness of the eyes and redness of the eyelids.
If you develop a new ocular condition (e.g., trauma or infection), experience a sudden decrease in visual acuity, have ocular surgery, or develop any ocular reactions, particularly conjunctivitis and eyelid reactions, you should immediately seek your physician’s advice concerning the continued use of LATISSE® solution.
LATISSE® solution is intended for use on the skin of the upper eyelid margins at the base of the eyelashes. Refer to the illustration below. DO NOT APPLY to the lower lid. If you are using LUMIGAN® ophthalmic solution or other products for elevated intraocular pressure (IOP), or if you have a history of abnormal IOP, you should only use LATISSE® under the close supervision of your physician.
LATISSE® solution use may cause darkening of the eyelid skin which may be reversible. LATISSE® use may cause increased brown iris pigmentation of the colored part of the eye which is likely to be permanent. While very infrequent, increased iris pigmentation has occurred when LATISSE® was administered.
It is possible for hair growth to occur in other areas of your skin that LATISSE® frequently touches. Any excess solution outside the upper eyelid margin should be blotted with a tissue or other absorbent material to reduce the chance of this happening. It is possible for a difference in eyelash length, thickness, fullness, pigmentation (darkness), number of eyelash hairs and/or direction of eyelash growth to occur between eyes (e.g., results may vary for each eye). These differences, should they occur, will usually go away if you stop using LATISSE®.