Latisse, also known as bimatoprost, is a topical ointment that is FDA-approved for the enhancement of eyelashes. Its use results in darkening, increased eyelash length, and thickening. Latisse is also used on the eyebrows to achieve similar results although this is considered an off-label use and not FDA approved.
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About the Procedure
Latisse is a serum applied nightly to the eyelashes to improve volume and length, creating a younger, brighter, and rejuvenated look to the eyes. For individuals who no longer want to use eyelash extensions or find that a lash lift simply doesn't provide the desired look, Latisse can enhance natural eyelashes through a simple nightly regimen. To use Latisse, start with a clean face and remove an applicator from its tray. Then, holding the sterile applicator horizontally, place one drop of Latisse solution on the area of the applicator closest to the tip but not on the tip. Immediately draw the applicator carefully along the skin at the base of the upper eyelashes (where the eyelashes meet the skin) going from the inner part of the lash line to the outer part. Do not apply in the eye or to the lower lid because excess hair growth outside the treatment area may occur. Blot excess solution beyond the eyelid with a tissue. Dispose of the applicator after one use. Repeat for opposite eyelid, using a new sterile applicator to help minimize any potential for contamination from one eyelid to another. To enhance the darkness, length, and fullness of eyebrows, the same process would apply. Using Latisse on the eyebrows is an off-label use and not FDA approved.
The goal of Latisse is to increases the volume and length of the eyelashes and eyebrows.
What to Expect
Latisse, also known as bimatoprost, is a topical ointment that is FDA-approved for the enhancement of eyelashes. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after Latisse.
- Wash face
- Remove makeup and contact lenses
- Apply Latisse last in nightly skincare routine
- Place one drop of Latisse on the applicator
- Draw the applicator at the base of the upper eyelashes
- Do not apply in the eye or to the lower lid
- Blot excess solution beyond the eyelid
- Dispose of the applicator
- Repeat for opposite eyelid
No recovery is needed after the application of Latisse.
The ideal candidate for Latisse has thin, short lashes and is looking to achieve a more voluminous look.
Not Recommended For
While Latisse can be recommended to most, candidates with light colored irises, have ocular surface disease or are contemplating eye surgery such as cataract surgery or LASIK may increase their risk of complications if using Latisse.
The most common side effects after using Latisse are an itching sensation in the eyes and/or eye redness. Latisse 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.