Is Latisse safe??
LATISSE® solution is the only FDA approved prescription treatment for hypotrichosis used to grow eyelashes, making them longer, thicker and darker.
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.
If you’re considering LATISSE® (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.03%, it’s important to get all the facts first. You may have questions about how the treatment works, how soon you’ll see results, and the safety of the product. This blog was intended to give you a basic understanding of the product, but you should ask your doctor to see if LATISSE® is right for you.
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 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. ***The clinical study used to get FDA approval was the same clinical study used for Lumigan, the drug that treats glaucoma. In the Latisse study there was NO reports of iris pigmentation color change.
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®.
Some important application tips.
When applying LATISSE® solution, it’s important to follow the complete directions. Here are a few simple things to keep in mind:
- Do not apply in the eye or to the lower lid.
- Only use the sterile applicators supplied with LATISSE® to apply the product.
- Don’t allow the tip of the bottle or applicator to touch fingers or any other unintended surface, as contamination by common bacteria is known to cause infections.
- Remove contact lenses prior to applying LATISSE®. Contact lenses may be reinserted 15 minutes afterward.
- Remember, if you stop using LATISSE®, lashes will gradually return to their previous appearance.
If you are considering making Latisse a part of your skin care regimen, call Virginia Surgical Arts today for your compimentary consultation! (757)430-7690