LATISSE Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

We Introduced Latisse (longer, thicker, darker eyelashes) to Modesto, CA in March 2009

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Disclaimer:  This Latisse FAQ is for general information only.  The information about Latisse is to be used in conjunction with a real live consultation with your doctor. Please consult with your doctor in person.  If we are your doctors, please contact us or call us!

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Questions about LATISSE


Linda from Surgical Artistry Plastic Surgery FaceBook asks: 
Any side effects to eyes if you get in eye?

Latisse's active ingredient (Bimatoprost) was originally developed as an eye-drop product (which has been in use since 2001).  Latisse is not expected to be harmful to the eye.  It will probably lower your eye pressure, but one drop from time to time probably will not lower the eye pressure significantly.  There are many people who use the active ingredient of Latisse as their glaucoma medicine, because they need to have their eye pressure lowered.  Lowered intra-ocular pressure in the eye leads to less risk of damage to the optic nerve.  It is somewhat similar to people who need to take blood pressure medications which then lowers the risk to the arteries themselves and the end-organs in our body (such as the kidney).  Thus it is relatively safe to accidentally get this in the eye, due to the fact that the active ingredient has been studied as an eye drop.  But as Latisse, the place where it works the best is at the target of action: the upper eye lid skin margin.  Another possible side effect if one is getting too much Latisse into the eyes - may be the small risk of increasing the iris pigmentation (turning the eyes darker).  See explanation in the next question, which basically states that the risk is small as Latisse, but the risk is present but still small when placed directly in the eye as a glaucoma medicine.  There is a picture that we have in the office of the difference of amount of drug that gets into the eye when applied as Latisse, vs when applied as an eye drop (same active drug).  Thus when using Latisse, use the FDA approved brushes that come with the kit.  Disclaimer:  Different doctors might have different answers, consider talking to your doctor in person about your concerns to get specific answers relating to your situation.


Does Latisse turn blue eyes brown?

The active ingredient in Latisse has been used as an eye-drop medication.  When it was studied and placed directly in the eye, 2-4% of patients had noticed a darkening of the brown pigment that already existed in their eyes.  Thus theoretically there is a risk of darkening the eye with Latisse use.  However, Latisse is applied differently than an eye-drop.  Because Latisse is purposely applied to the edge of the eyelid skin instead of placed directly into the eye, the risk would be significantly reduced.  In the pivotal multicenter study performed by Allergan, there were no reported cases of darkening iris pigmentation.


Stacy from Surgical Artistry Plastic Surgery FaceBook asks: 
Could my Mary Kay eye make-up remover be hindering or blocking absorption of Latisse?  It contains silicone.

Great question!  We do recommend makeup to be removed from the lashes before applying Latisse.  I think the presence of makeup would hinder the absorption more than the makeup remover.  The concentration of silicone would be on the low side in a makeup remover.  Higher concentrations of silicone can block pores too.  I do believe that silicone skin protectors (such as dimethicone) do inhibit trans-dermal drug absorption (absorption of drugs through the skin).  The location of action of Latisse is believed to be at the very skin margin (where the lashes come out of the skin).  Regardless of any mild hindrance provided by your silicone based make-up remover, I think that Latisse will still be absorbed and will still work.  The silicone is used as an ingredient that helps remove the makeup - thus it is effective in doing what it's supposed to - remove makeup.  Keep in mind that left behind makeup will hinder Latisse even more.


How much does Latisse cost?

Retail pricing for 3ML Latisse at the Pharmacy is currently (website written 6/25/2011) $150 per box.  You may consider calling us (Surgical Artistry - Dr. Tammy Wu / Dr. Calvin Lee) for prices (209) 551-1888.  We will only dispense Latisse to patients who can physically be seen in our office.  In otherwords, it is not our policy to mail out Latisse, even though we have some of the lowest prices in the country.  We consider Latisse users to be our patients and want to be able to examine and care for our patients in person.


How long does each box of Latisse last?

The box (kit) of Latisse was originally designed to last 1 month.  However many patients have found ways to make it last 2 months.  Consider asking your doctor.


Are the results of Latisse permanent?

The are permanent for the life of the eyelash.  But because eyelashes fall out and then regenerate.  Continued usage of Latisse is required to maintain the greater prominence of eyelashes.


What happens when a person stops using Latisse?

After about 1-3 months, the eyelashes gradually goes down to it's pretreatment length, darkness, and thickness.


How long does it take for Latisse to show results?

It varies but for most results will be seen at 8 weeks, and full results at 16 weeks.


How often should one use Latisse?

Every night.  But after 16 weeks, one can consider every other night; however many continue to use it every night.


What happens if I use Latisse twice a day?

We have not seen Latisse be more effective that way.  Once every night is our recommendation for great results.


How was Latisse discovered?

It was discovered as a side effect to a Allergan glaucoma drug named Lumigan.  It was found that these patients had long eyelashes.  This started an study having the drug placed directly on the skin margin of the upper eye lid.


Should I list Latisse as a drug that I use when filling out forms at doctors offices?

Yes.  You should especially tell your physician if you are being seen regarding eye pressure problems (such as glaucoma) or if you are having eye surgery.  And also ask your eye physician if you have recent eye trauma.  Latisse may lower your eye pressure.


Should I place Latisse on the lower eye lid?

Not recommended.  When you apply Latisse at night, there would be some transfering of Latisse from the upper lid to the lower lid - thus there would be some improvment in the prominence of the lower lid lashes as well.


Can Latisse be used elsewhere?  Such as eyebrows?

Talk to your doctor.  This was not part of the FDA study.  But other studies are underway.


What about Latisse and contacts?

There is a preservative in Latisse that can cause contact lens to discolor.  Take out your contact lens before applying Latisse.  The contacts can be reinserted after about 15 minutes.


How about Latisse and pregnancy or breastfeeding?

Bimatoprost (the active ingredient in Latisse) should not be used by women during pregnancy or by women trying to become pregnant.  It should be used with caution by women who are breast-feeding.


Who makes Latisse?

Allergan Inc.  They also make Botox, and Juvederm.  They also specialize in many medications and products for the eyes.


When was Latisse FDA approved?

Latisse is the first (and currently the only) FDA approved eyelash growth treatment.  Date of FDA approval was December 24, 2008.


What is the chemical name of the active ingredient in Latisse?

bimatoprost ophthalmic solution 0.03%


When was Bimatoprost FDA approved?

Bimatoprost was first approved in 2001 to lower intraocular pressure (IOP) in patients with ocular hypertension (open-angle glaucoma).




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