Latisse FAQ

Q: What is Latisse?
Q: What is hypotrichosis of the eyelashes?
Q: How do I use Latisse?
Q: What are the possible side effects of Latisse?
Q: What happens if I stop using Latisse?
Q: How long does it take before I start seeing results from Latisse?
Q: Does Latisse really work?
Q: Are there any other facts I should know before I start using Latisse?

Q: What is Latisse?

A: Latisse is a prescription treatment for hypotrichosis used to grow eyelashes, making them longer, thicker, and darker.

Q: What is hypotrichosis of the eyelashes?

A: Hypotrichosis is another name for having inadequate or not enough eyelashes.

Q: How do I use Latisse?

Latisse solution is packaged as a 3 mL bottle of solution with 60 accompanying sterile, disposable applicators. The recommended dosage is one application nightly to the skin of the upper eyelid margin at the base of the eyelashes only. Once nightly, start by ensuring your face is clean, makeup and contact lenses are removed. Remove an applicator from its tray. Then, holding the sterile applicator horizontally, place one drop of Latisse on the area of the applicator closest to the tip but not on the tip, then immediately draw the applicator carefully across the skin of the upper eyelid margin at the base of the eyelashes (where the eyelashes meet the skin) going from the inner part of your lash line to the outer part. Blot any excess solution beyond the eyelid margin. Dispose of the applicator after one use. Repeat for the opposite upper eyelid margin using a new sterile applicator. This helps minimize any potential for contamination from one eyelid to another.

Q: What are the possible side effects of Latisse?

A: The most common side effects after using Latisse solution are an itching sensation in the eyes and/or eye redness. This was reported in approximately 4% of patients. Latisse solution 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.

Q: What happens if I stop using Latisse?

A: If you stop using Latisse, your eyelashes are expected to return to their previous appearance over several weeks to months. Any eyelid skin darkening associated with use of Latisse is expected to reverse after several weeks to months.

Q: How long does it take before I start seeing results from Latisse?

A: It's important to remember that Latisse works gradually. You should start to see longer lashes in 4 weeks, with full growth in 16 weeks with regular use of Latisse. It is important to remember to use Latisse for 16 weeks to get the full dramatic results. After 16 weeks talk to your doctor about ongoing use. Individual results from Latisse may vary.

Q: Does Latisse really work?

A: In a clinical study of 278 participants, 78% of Latisse users experienced a significant increase in overall eyelash prominence (including elements of length, fullness, and darkness) at week 16! Lashes were:
* 25% longer
* 106% fuller
* 18% darker
Compared to results for participants who used the same solution as Latisse without the active ingredient.

Q: Are there any other facts I should know before I start using Latisse?

A: It is important to remember not to apply Latisse in your eye or to the lower lid and to only use the sterile applicators supplied with Latisse to apply the product. If you miss a dose, don’t try to “catch up.” Just apply Latisse solution the next evening. If any Latisse solution gets into the eye proper, it is not expected to cause harm. The eye should not be rinsed.