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Increase the Growth of Your Eyelashes - LATISSE®

This medication overview reviews the risks and benefits of the treatment we are recommending. Please make sure to read it in addition to the manufacturer’s pamphlet that comes with the medicine.

What is Latisse?

LATISSE® is used to treat hypotrichosis of the eyelashes (inadequate amount of eyelashes) by increasing their growth including length, thickness and darkness. LATISSE® is only available with a doctor’s prescription.

What is the active ingredient in Latisse?


Do you have any allergies?

Do not use LATISSE® if you are allergic to bimatoprost or to any of the other ingredients:

  • Active Ingredient: Bimatoprost
  • Inactive Ingredients: Benzalkonium chloride; sodium chloride; sodium phosphate, dibasic; citric acid; purified water; hydrochloric acid

How do I use Latisse?

Follow the directions on the label:

  • Apply nightly to the skin of the upper eyelid margin at the base of the eyelashes using the accompanying applicator. Blot any excess solution beyond the eyelid margin. Dispose of the applicator after one use. Repeat for the opposite eyelid margin using a new sterile applicator.
  • If you wear contact lenses, remove them prior to applying LATISSE®. They may be reinserted 15 minutes following its administration.
  • Do not apply LATISSE® to the lower lash line.
  • Using LATISSE® more than once a day will not increase the rate of eyelash growth.
  • If you miss one or more applications, don’t try to play catch up by doubling up on treatments, just apply LATISSE® the next evening to restart your schedule.

How long does it take for Latisse to work?

The effect of LATISSE® on the eyelashes is gradual and is not noticeably significant in the majority of patients until at least 2 months of use. To get the full effect of LATISSE®, it should be used for at least 4 months.

The effect of LATISSE® is not permanent and eyelashes are expected to return to their previous appearance over the course of several weeks to months once treatment with LATISSE® is stopped.

Who should not use Latisse?

We have evaluated your health history and the specific health information you provided us. However if anything changes and you develop or discover that one of these conditions applies to you, please stop taking this medicine and call or message us immediately:

  • If you are under the age of 18
  • Pregnant
  • Breastfeeding
  • Elevated intraocular pressure (IOP)
  • Glaucoma
  • Macular edema
  • Infection of the eye or skin around the eye
  • Torn or absent lens of the eye
  • Uveitis or Iritis
  • Use of LATISSE® with similar medications that lower blood pressure in the eye may decrease the effectiveness of those medications

Side Effects of LATISSE®

The most commonly reported side effects of LATISSE affecting less than 4% of the participants in a clinical trial included:

  • Itching of the eye
  • Redness of the eye
  • Eye irritation
  • Redness of the eyelid and skin around the eyes
  • Dry eye symptoms
  • Darkening of the skin around the eye

IMPORTANT - Although rare, increased brown pigmentation of the eye (iris) has occurred with the use of LATISSE®. This change may not be noticeable for several months to years. This change is likely to be permanent after stopping LATISSE®. Treatment can be continued in patients who develop noticeably increased iris pigmentation.

Darkening of the eyelid at the site of LATISSE® application may occur. If noticeable, the darkening may increase as long as LATISSE® is administered. This has been reported to be reversible upon stopping LATISSE® in most patients.

Treatment Failure

This treatment is not 100% effective. It may not work or may only partially resolve the condition for which you are seeking treatment. If you do not see any signs of improvement following 4 months of use, or if you are experiencing new or worsening symptoms, give us a call or message us anytime. If it is an emergency, call 911 or seek immediate help in-person. You may need to see alternative treatment such as those listed below.

Alternative Treatments to Latisse

  • Cosmetic enhancement (e.g., mascara)
  • False eyelash strips
  • Eyelash extensions

Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis

There is also a risk that we will misdiagnose or fail to diagnose conditions that you may have which could affect our recommendation for treatment. This risk may exist with a healthcare provider in-person, but they may have access to additional signs and symptoms that can aid in their evaluation and diagnosis. We use evidence-based guidelines as well as clinical decision-making to try to minimize these risks. Here are some other diagnoses that we attempt to rule out:

  • Skin disorders
  • Trichotillomania
  • Trauma
  • Infectious disease
  • Exposure to toxins
  • Endocrine Disorders
  • Certain medications
  • Inflammation
  • Congenital conditions

Accepting or Declining Our Recommendation

We are recommending this treatment for you because the potential benefits outweigh the risks in our estimation. You should evaluate this information and any input from your in-person healthcare team, and any other relevant information to decide if this treatment plan is appropriate for you. You are free to not follow our recommendations.

Share with Your In-Person Healthcare Team

You can access your records anytime. We strongly recommend that you update your in-person healthcare team about any new medicines that you are taking or other changes in your health.

You can also ask us questions anytime and we are happy to help you share any information about your health with your in-person healthcare team.