Most women desire long thick eyelashes, but there’s no amount of mascara to fix the problem. As women age, their lashes become thinner, shorter and slowly start to lose their color. This is due to a medical condition called hypotrichosis which is usually caused by genetics and aging.
Many of our patients at Dermatology & Plastic Surgery of Arizona desire longer and thicker eyelashes. We recommend using Latisse, which is the first FDA approved eyelash enhancement drug, produced by Allergan, the makers of Botox and Juvederm. Latisse solution is a topical prescription that you apply directly to the base of the eyelash, where eyeliner is applied. The results are gradual, but by the end of 16 weeks, women notice a huge difference in the growth and thickness of their lashes.
We’ve gathered a list of frequently asked questions from our patients to help you become more informed about Latisse.
Does Latisse work?
For the majority of our patients, Latisse has worked well to grow their lashes. The lashes grow gradually over time with people seeing results in as little as 8 weeks.
Is Latisse safe to use?
Latisse is not for everyone as it is a prescription medication. In general, as long as you have healthy eyes, it is safe to use. If you are unsure about the health of your eyes, it is recommended that you see your eye specialist for an examination and to ask if you’re a candidate for Latisse. If your develop eye or eyelid irritation or eyelid discoloration, it is recommended to stop using the product and call your physician.
I’ve heard Latisse can change the color of my eyes. Is it true?
There is a lot of misleading information floating around about Latisse and it possibly changing eye color. Latisse was originally developed from a prescription drug called
Lumigan which is an eye drop to treat Glaucoma. This medication is placed directly into each eye every day. In the original Lumigan FDA clinical trials, there was a 1% incidence of hyperpigmentation (darkening) of the eye, especially for patients with green eyes with brown pigment. Latisse is placed along the lash line, so the possibility of the eye changing color or darkening is low.
How do I apply Latisse?
Step 1: Before applying Latisse, you should ensure your face is clean and all makeup and contact lenses are removed.
Step 2. Allergan recommends placing 1 drop of Latisse solution on the brush area of the applicator stick. Dr. Jamie Moenster recommends placing one drop of Latisse into the cap of the dispenser bottle.
Step 3: Apply to skin using applicator by dipping one brush into the Latisse solution and applying it to the upper lash line (where you would apply eyeliner). Dip the same brush into the cap and apply the remaining amount of Latisse to the other lash line. Alternate which eye you start with as the second lash line gets more medication.
Step 4: Blot excess solution beyond the eyelid with a tissue.
Step 5: It is recommended that you dispose of the applicator after each use, but this is not necessary. Dispose of the brush if it becomes dirty or eyes become irritated.
Where can I purchase Latisse?
Dermatology & Plastic Surgery of Arizona can prescribe and distributes Latisse for your convenience. You’re be able to pick it up and take it home that day from our office. We can also prescribe the medication to a local pharmacy. The charge at the pharmacy is usually $20-$25 higher than our office charges.
Should I use Latisse in the morning or the evening?
You can use Latisse in the morning or the evening, depending on what is most convenient for you. Dr. Moenster recommends evening use.
Can Latisse be used on my eye brows?
Yes. Latisse can be used to help fill in thin eyebrows. It can also make the hairs grow longer and darker.
How should I use Latisse once I’ve achieved the length and thickness I desired?
Once your lashes are the length and thickness you want, you can apply Latisse every other night, instead of every night. Please remember you should see the full effect of treatment at 16 weeks.
If you want long and thick eyelashes, Latisse is probably your best option but the product must be used on a daily basis. Candidates must make it a part of their daily skin care regimen in order to experience the full results.
What happens if I stop using Latisse?
Once you stop using Latisse, your lashes will go back to the way they looked before treatment over 2-3 months.
Latisse is included in the Brilliant Distinctions Program. Brilliant Distinctions is an exciting program where you can earn points redeemable for dollars off of Botox, Juvederm XC and Latisse when you visit our offices. Points can be redeemed for coupons that will save you money on future Latisse and any other Allergan products. Visit www.brilliantdistinctions.com for more information.
If you have any questions about Latisse or would like more information, please call us at either our Tucson or Sierra Vista office location. Tucson: 520-207-3100 Sierra Vista: 520-458-1787.