What is LATISSE® ?
LATISSE® is a prescription medication for those who have thinning, or inadequate eye lashes. It is used to grow longer, darker, more luxurious eye lashes. It can be purchased through a doctor’s office and comes in a kit which includes both the product and the applicators.
How does LATISSE® work?
LATISSE® (bimatoprost opthamic solution) is applied to the lashes once a day using the special applicator provided in the kit. At this rate of application, a kit should be sufficient for thirty days of treatment. LATISSE® promotes longer lashes by increasing the growth phase of the eyelash cycle and causing a greater number of new hair follicles to develop.
What areas of the body does LATISSE® treat?
LATISSE® is only used on the roots of the upper eyelashes. It should never be placed in the eye or on the lower lashes because it can cause hair to grow in these areas which can be irritating to the eye tissues.
What are the advantages of LATISSE® over other similar treatments?
Although other non-prescription creams and lotions promise to increase the length and fullness of those who have sparse lashes, LATISSE® is the only Food and Drug Administration approved product whose success has been tested and substantiated.
Who is a candidate for LATISSE® ?
LATISSE® can be used by anyone experiencing hypotrichosis, but men and women who are currently being treated for elevated pressure inside the eye should consult their doctor before treatment, as LATISSE® has a history of lowering eye pressure. Also, contact lens wearers should remove the lenses to apply LATISSE® and wait a quarter hour before reinsertion.
How is LATISSE® used?
Consumers should place a drop of LATISSE® on the special brush applicator and draw it along the base of the upper lashes being cautious not to contaminate the applicator nor touch the eye surface during this process. Blot any excess fluid from the eye with a tissue or cotton ball. The applicator should then be thrown away and a new one used for treatment of the other eye.
What will the results be like?
LATISSE® results are gradual and take time to become noticeable. Patients should give the treatment at least eight weeks before expecting to see a remarkable difference, and full treatment results may not be visible for another six to twelve weeks. At that time, lashes should be longer, darker, and more plentiful than before treatment.
What are the risks?
Sometimes patients will develop redness and itchy eyes after beginning treatment with LATISSE® . Darkening of the skin around the eye and irritation have also been reported. Patients should always be diligent about reporting any infections or conjunctivitis to their care providers.
Is LATISSE® approved for use in the U.S.?
Yes, LATISSE® is approved by the FDA for use in the United States.
What are the costs associated with LATISSE® ?
The pricing of LATISSE® varies depending on the package offered, the experience of the provider, and the competitiveness of the market, among other things. It usually ranges from ninety to one hundred and fifty dollars a kit, depending on whether before and after photos are made. Consumers need to know that Allergan often offers good deals and rebates to convince customers to try this product. Because this product is quite competitive, patients would do well to comparison shop before purchasing. Also, some doctors will work out a plan to stretch the payments over a longer period to make the burden easier for the patient.
Is LATISSE® covered by insurance companies?
LATISSE® is for aesthetic value only and is not covered by insurance companies or Medicare.
Disclaimer: This information is intended only as an introduction to this procedure. This information should not be used to determine whether you will have the procedure performed nor does it guarantee results of your elective surgery. Further details regarding surgical standards and procedures should be discussed with your physician.
By SkinCareGuide.com Staff
Updated: May 19th, 2010