What Is Latisse?
First things first. What is Latisse and how did it come to be? Latisse (bimatoprost 0.03%) is the only name-brand the Food and Drug Administration or FDA-approved treatment for growing thicker, longer, darker eyelashes.
Latisse lash growth serum is the first and only brand name prescription treatment approved by the Food and Drug Administration for thin or sparse eyelashes, growing them longer, fuller and darker. With a simple one-a-day approach of one minute once a day to apply one drop per eyelid, you will see a visible difference in growth as little as four weeks, with full results after sixteen weeks! Did you know Latisse was discovered by accident? Bimatoprost, the active ingredient/drug in Latisse was originally used to treat glaucoma. Users could not help but notice their new lashes darkening and thickening, and this is how Latisse came to be!
What does FDA Approved Mean?
“The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or USFDA) is a federal agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. It is one of the United States federal executive departments. The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the control and supervision of food safety, tobacco products, dietary supplements, prescription, and over-the-counter pharmaceutical drugs, vaccines, biopharmaceuticals, blood transfusions, medical devices, electromagnetic radiation emitting devices (ERED), cosmetics, animal foods, and veterinary products.
The Food and Drug Administration was empowered by the United States Congress to enforce the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, which serves as the primary focus for the Agency; the FDA also enforces other laws, notably Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act and associated regulations, many of which are not directly related to food or drugs. These include regulating lasers, cellular phones, condoms and control of disease on products ranging from certain household pets to sperm donation for assisted reproduction.”
Latisse received the necessary and important Food and Drug Administration approval in December of 2008.
How to apply Latisse?
As previously stated, Latisse should be applied every single night (some do apply during the day, but you must wait for the Latisse solution to completely dry before applying mascara) using ONLY the applicators provided in the Latisse package. If you wear contacts, make sure they are removed, your makeup is removed, and your face is clean before it is used. Carefully place one drop of Latisse on the sterile and disposable applicator and attentively brush along the on the base of the upper eyelash. Do not apply on the lower eyelash line, that area has not been FDA approved. If there is any excess on the outside of the eyelid, it should be blotted with a tissue, Q-tip, or other absorbent materials.
Also, if the Latisse solution gets into the eye, it is not believed to cause harm so do not attempt to rinse the solution out of your eye and do not panic. To avoid the mistake of getting the Latisse solution in your eye apply it in front of a mirror with your eye completely closed shut. Make applying Latisse on your eyelash part of your night time skincare routine.
The Latisse bottle must remain intact when not used to avoid the tip of the bottle or applicator to come in contact with surrounding structures, fingers, or any other surface that may put your Latisse bottle or applicator at risk of common bacteria or infections. Serious infections can occur if the solution or applicator becomes contaminated. To avoid any risk, keep the bottle completely sealed.
How Long Until I See Results From Latisse?
As much as we wish they were, Latisse growth results are not instant.
Studies have shown, users tend to see an increase in longer thicker lashes as little as four weeks with full results after sixteen weeks use of Latisse.
In fact, most users report noticing darkness and fullness at week eight. Consistent continuous use of Latisse past week eight will result in larger, fuller, thicker, and darker eyelashes.
How Long Does Latisse Last?
Studies have confirmed Latisse lasts as long as you continue using it. Your eyelashes will still go through their normal growth cycle for several weeks, but they will not maintain the longer thicker lashes if you are not using it and following the guidelines.
What Happens When You Stop Using Latisse?
If you stop using it, expect your lashes to return to their previous appearance over several weeks to months.
To keep your full growth of dark and long lashes, follow the instructions and daily application is key. Continue using Latisse or they will return to their normal length and thickness over time.
Do You Have To Keep Using Latisse?
It has been reported, to keep your dark and longer thicker lashes as they are, you will need to continue to use Latisse or they will return to their previous length and thickness over time.
If you stop, your growth of eyelashes will start decaying back to its original state. This typically around a few weeks or months after low usage.
Most users would tend to use it up until they attain an eyelash length that’s acceptable.
How Can I Spot Authentic Latisse?
Each Latisse kit arrives at your door factory-sealed by its manufacturer, Allergan. The bottom of the box is marked with a lot number and expiration date that matches the information on the Latisse bottle. Be sure to always check this to ensure you are receiving authentic Latisse!
Why Do The 3ml And 5ml Bottles Look Like The Same Size?
This is a really common question! The appearance of the 3ml and 5ml Latisse bottles are close in size because 5mL of liquid does not take up much more space than 3mL. However, they do have different volumes of liquid in them. A 5mL bottle contains about a teaspoon of liquid, which is only about 1/3 of a teaspoon more than 3mL. A little used goes a very, very long way with Latisse.
Will Using Latisse Change My Eye Color?
This is a common misunderstanding of rare side effects of Latisse. In clinical trials of people using Lumigan (the version of Latisse used to treat glaucoma) dropped directly into the eye, less than one to two percent of patients experienced side effects that darkened the brown areas around their pupils, making their eyes appear more brownish. Because Latisse is applied only to the lid, it’s extremely unlikely to affect your iris. However, it still has to be reported as one of the possible Latisse side effects.
Can I Use Latisse To Make My Eyebrows Grow Too?
Hair will grow anywhere that Latisse is regularly applied, which is why it is important to blot any excess and not let it drip! However, it is only approved by the Food and Drug Administration for eyelash growth. Physicians can legally prescribe it for eyebrow growth as an off-label use if they think it is appropriate to use for hair.
Can I Use Latisse On My Head?
Although Latisse will grow some hair wherever the treatment is applied, it would be extremely expensive and would not have guaranteed results, especially where the hair follicle is no longer producing hair. Allergan, Latisse’s manufacturer, conducted a clinical trial in 2011 to test Latisse as a treatment for male pattern baldness and concluded that it was not effective enough.
What Are The Side Effects Of Using Latisse?
The most common, and reversible, side effects of Latisse are dry or watery eyes or slight swelling, burning, or itching in the eyelid. One of the less common side effects, some people experience noticeable irritation, darkening or reddening of the skin where the Latisse treatment is applied, or dry eyes. Rarely, it is possible for brown areas near the pupil to make the eye appear darker and brownish. It is also not likely to be permanent. See this site, Latisse’s Full Product Information for more details about past and potential side effects in Latisse clinical trials.
Stop using it and contact your physician immediately if you experience an allergic or adverse reaction including hives, eye discharge, change in vision, severe redness or swelling, tenderness or eye pain. With this being said, the Latisse solution is not expected to cause harm in any way shape or form.
What To Do If I Forget To Use Latisse For A Few Days During My Growth Phase?
It is important to keep using Latisse daily during your sixteen-week growth phase, but an occasional missed day will not hurt your progress. Just pick it up again the next day! Do not try to “make it up” by an extra application of Latisse — in our experience and proven from studies, extra applications will not make a difference.
Why Does The Website Say I Cannot Return Latisse?
Federal regulations forbid accepting returns of prescription products and medication. If you have any questions or concerns about your bottle treatment of Latisse please contact our customer support line or open a chat window so we can assist you.
I Am Trying To Purchase Latisse, But Why Cannot I Check Out?
If you are getting a Latisse prescription for the first time, you will need to completely fill out your secure medical questionnaire and upload or elect to email your required photos before successfully purchasing Latisse.
Take a quick look and check that you have filled out all the required fields in the checkout process, following all of the directions—sometimes it is easy to miss something!
If you are still having trouble ordering Latisse, please call our customer support line at 888-910-0623 or open a chat window.
Why Am I Unable Order Latisse In My State?
At the moment, we are unable to fulfill Latisse prescription product orders to Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana and Nevada. We are revising our processes to comply with state law requirements in these states and will provide service and the Skin Solutions experience in these states as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience. We recommend you seek a local provider if you reside in one of these states until we are able to service your state.
What Temperature Can Latisse Withstand?
Latisse will remain stable at up to 104 degrees for six months, and as low as 42 degrees for 12 months.
How Do I Order Latisse Online?
If you have a prescription on file with us, the process is straight forward. You can simply log in to your Skin Solutions member account and add your desired size of Latisse to your cart.
If you need a Latisse prescription, just follow the steps on our site, Ordering Latisse page. It is simple, and you can always open a chat with our customer service agents if you need assistance to successfully order Latisse!
Why Do I Need A Latisse Prescription?
Latisse is only approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a prescription treatment. It may not be safe to use for people with certain eye conditions, for example. Anyone who is selling Latisse without one is selling the treatment illegally so be wary of using their product on your eyelashes.
Why Do I Need To Send Photos/ID For Latisse?
Telemedicine is a wonderful and convenient way to deal with less serious medical conditions. In order for Dr. Verma to evaluate your condition and safely prescribe Latisse, he must carefully review your medical history and a close-up photo of your entire face. Also, to comply with rapidly changing telemedicine laws we must also request a submission of your government-issued photo ID to verify your identity and location. All of this information is securely stored in your electronic medical record allowing you to safely and easily order Latisse in the future.
Can I Get A Prescription Only Without Buying Latisse From My Pharmacy?
Yes, you can get one for Latisse and order it from your pharmacy! Just call our customer service team at 888-910-0623, and we will be glad to help you. If and when our medical staff approves treatment and issues you a Latisse prescription, we will mail you a written one to take to the pharmacy of your choice to receive Latisse. Please allow time for regular mail delivery for your shipment of Latisse.
Is Latisse safe when pregnant?
No, Latisse should not be used if you are pregnant or nursing. Studies have not been done on pregnant women therefore, we are unable to prove whether Latisse is or is not associated with any major birth defects or not. So, to remain on the safe side, we advise against using it if you are nursing or pregnant.
Can you apply Latisse with a cotton swab or other cosmetic brushes?
No, Latisse should only be used with the Food and Drug Administration sterile applicators included in your package. These applicators are designed to help you apply the product properly and avoid spreading bacteria and other unsavory germs to your eyes.
Be sure to use separate applicators when applying Latisse to your eyes and to dispose of the applicator brushes after applying Latisse. Under no circumstances, should you reuse any applicator brushes. After each use they should be thrown out.
Why do contact lenses need to be removed before applying Latisse?
It is recommended that you remove your contact lenses before applying Latisse because the solution contains benzalkonium chloride or BAK, and there is a risk that it can be absorbed by soft contact lenses and damage the eyes. The contact lenses may be reinserted fifteen minutes following applying the Latisse solution.
Can I wear mascara while using Latisse?
Yes, you can wear mascara in addition to Latisse. However, be sure to let your Latisse solution dry before applying mascara.
If you are ready to buy your first bottle, and you still have questions, please do not hesitate to contact our customer support line at 888-910-0623 or open a chat window so we can assist you (we would be happy to!) Click the link here to get started: https://www.skinsolutions.md/latisse.html/