FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

LATISSE®

DO I REALLY HAVE TO USE LATISSE® DAILY?

Yes, LATISSE® should be applied daily to the base of the upper eyelashes. To achieve the full effect of longer,…

Yes, LATISSE® should be applied daily to the base of the upper eyelashes. To achieve the full effect of longer, fuller and darker lashes, you should use the product daily for 16 weeks.

WHY DO THE DIRECTIONS SAY TO ONLY APPLY LATISSE® SOLUTION TO THE BASE OF THE UPPER EYELASHES?

LATISSE® was only studied with patients who applied it to the upper lashes, so DO NOT APPLY in your eye…

LATISSE® was only studied with patients who applied it to the upper lashes, so DO NOT APPLY in your eye or to the lower lid. It's important to apply the product appropriately, as there is the potential for hair growth to occur in areas where LATISSE® solution comes in repeated contact with the skin surface. I tell my patients to use the sterile applicator brushes that come with LATISSE®, and to apply the product carefully, and blot any excess solution to avoid having the solution run on the cheek or other skin areas.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I EXPERIENCE EYE REDNESS OR ITCHING?

Eye redness and itching sometimes occur with the use of LATISSE®. I was an investigator in the LATISSE® clinical trial…

Eye redness and itching sometimes occur with the use of LATISSE®. I was an investigator in the LATISSE® clinical trial for FDA approval, and eye redness and irritation occurred in approximately 4% of patients. If the redness or itching persists (or if you notice other symptoms), you should consult your doctor. 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.

HOW SOON WILL I SEE RESULTS?

I tell my patients that they need to be patient when using LATISSE® as the growth is gradual over time.…

I tell my patients that they need to be patient when using LATISSE® as the growth is gradual over time. Some may start to notice longer lashes after about a month and many should experience full results in approximately four months. This is similar to the clinical trial results, but individual results may vary. Just like it takes some time for LATISSE® to work, if use of LATISSE® is discontinued, eyelashes will return to their previous appearance over the course of several weeks to months

CAN LATISSE® HARM MY EYES?

LATISSE® is an ophthalmic solution. If any solution gets into the eye, it is not expected to cause harm. You…

LATISSE® is an ophthalmic solution. If any solution gets into the eye, it is not expected to cause harm. You do not need to rinse your eyes. LATISSE® is not an eye drop. DO NOT APPLY in your eye or to the lower lid.

CAN LATISSE® SOLUTION DARKEN MY EYELIDS?

While this is a common concern, eyelid skin darkening is actually a less common side effect. In a study for…

While this is a common concern, eyelid skin darkening is actually a less common side effect. In a study for FDA approval, localized skin darkening only occurred in approximately 2.9% of patients using LATISSE®. It’s caused by an increase in melanin close to where the solutiuon is applied and is expected to reverse several weeks to months after discontinuing use of the product.

CAN LATISSE® CHANGE MY EYE COLOR?

This is one of the most common questions I get asked. LATISSE® use may cause increased brown iris pigmentation of…

This is one of the most common questions I get asked. 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® solution was administered. Do not apply LATISSE® in your eye or to the lower lid. Ask your doctor for complete application instructions.

WHAT ARE THE POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS? HAVE YOU SEEN ANY WITH YOUR PATIENTS?

The most common side effects after using LATISSE® solution are an itching sensation in the eyes and/or eye redness. This…

The most common side effects after using LATISSE® solution are an itching sensation in the eyes and/or eye redness. This was reported in approximately 4% of patients in the clinical study. LATISSE® solution may cause other less common side effects, which typically occur on the skin close to where LATISSE® is applied, or in the eyes. These include skin darkening, eye irritation, dryness of the eyes and redness of the eyelids.

If LATISSE® patients 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, they should immediately seek their physician's advice concerning the continued use of LATISSE® solution.

In my practice, most of my patients tolerate LATISSE® well. The adverse events I have seen in some of my patients, such as itchy eyes and eye redness, are consistent with those most commonly reported in the LATISSE® clinical trial. I also conducted my own clinical study at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. Adverse events reported in my study were the same as those seen in the Allergan clinical trials.

HOW DO I USE LATISSE®?

LATISSE® is a treatment you apply yourself each evening to the base of the upper eyelashes. Each LATISSE® kit contains…

LATISSE® is a treatment you apply yourself each evening to the base of the upper eyelashes. Each LATISSE® kit contains detailed instructions for proper application. You can also watch a video demonstration in the How-to-Apply section of this website.

I tell my patients to 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. Using LATISSE® more than once a day will not grow your lashes faster or improve the effectiveness of the product.

WHAT IS HYPOTRICHOSIS?

Dr. Charles Boyd, Plastic Surgeon: Eyelash hypotrichosis is the medical name for having inadequate or not enough lashes. Eyelash hypotrichosis…

Dr. Charles Boyd, Plastic Surgeon: Eyelash hypotrichosis is the medical name for having inadequate or not enough lashes. Eyelash hypotrichosis is defined as having lower than average length, thickness and/or number of eyelashes.

WHY DO I HAVE TO GET A PRESCRIPTION AND SEE A DOCTOR TO USE LATISSE®?

LATISSE® is a prescription medication to grow the eyelashes longer, fuller and darker, indicated for people with inadequate or not…

LATISSE® is a prescription medication to grow the eyelashes longer, fuller and darker, indicated for people with inadequate or not enough lashes. LATISSE® needs to be prescribed by a doctor to assure the proper treatment and use.

HOW IS LATISSE® SOLUTION DIFFERENT THAN OTHER LASH PRODUCTS THAT DON'T REQUIRE A PRESCRIPTION?

My patients ask me this all the time. LATISSE® is the only FDA-approved product to grow lashes longer, fuller and…

My patients ask me this all the time. LATISSE® is the only FDA-approved product to grow lashes longer, fuller and darker for those who do not have enough lashes. It has been studied for safety and efficacy and is available only by prescription.

HOW WAS LATISSE® SOLUTION DISCOVERED?

It's a story of how one great product led to another. In 2001, Allergan developed another product, a medicated eye…

It's a story of how one great product led to another. In 2001, Allergan developed another product, a medicated eye drop used to treat elevated intraocular pressure (IOP). Many patients using this medication also began to grow longer, fuller and darker lashes as a side effect. This led Allergan to study the medication's active ingredient, bimatoprost, specifically for growing lashes. After a clinical trial to study the safety and effectiveness for lash growth, LATISSE® was approved by the FDA in December of 2008.

HOW DOES LATISSE® SOLUTION WORK?

We do not know exactly how LATISSE® works; however, we believe it does so by increasing the growth cycle (anagen)…

We do not know exactly how LATISSE® works; however, we believe it does so by increasing the growth cycle (anagen) phase of your eyelash hair cycle. Anagen is the growth phase of all hair. We believe that it increases the length of the anagen phase and the number of hairs in this growth phase.

DOES LATISSE® WORK?

For the majority of my patients, LATISSE® has worked well to grow their lashes, which mirrors what we saw in…

For the majority of my patients, LATISSE® has worked well to grow their lashes, which mirrors what we saw in the LATISSE® clinical study. The lashes grow gradually over time with some people beginning to see longer lashes in about four weeks, with full growth at 16 weeks.

I participated as a clinical investigator in the LATISSE® clinical study, which was conducted at 16 sites across the country and included 278 people. Throughout the course of the 16-week treatment period, each participant was photographed and evaluated at 4-week intervals (week 0 to week 16) for differences in their overall lash prominence, including length, thickness and darkness. At the end of the 16-week treatment period, the results showed that LATISSE® was effective for 78% (107/137) of those participating vs. 18% (26/141) for those in the vehicle group (the vehicle was the same solution as LATISSE®, but without the active ingredient).

Specifically, patients treated with LATISSE® in the clinical study experienced a:

• 25% increase in lash length (vs. 2% for vehicle)
• 106% increase in lash thickness/fullness (vs. 12% for vehicle)
• 18% increase in lash darkness (vs. 3% for vehicle)