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Latisse

LATISSEĀ® is a prescription treatment for hypotrichosis (inadequate or not enough lashes) to grow eyelashes longer, fuller, and darker. It is a topical medication that comes with sterile applicators that you use to dab the solution onto the base of your upper eyelashes at night. It is not recommended to directly apply the medication to your bottom lashes. The medication will automatically spread to your bottom lashes with blinking. It is safe for the medication to get inside your eye. Do not attempt to wash your eye out if this occurs. It is important that you clean around your eyelids and remove your make-up or contact lenses before using this medication. Make sure to discard the applicators after each use. Re-using the applicators, even just once can cause serious problems such as eye infections. Make sure to carefully apply the solution to the base of the eyelashes, because it can promote hair growth in other skin areas. Blot off any excess solution that may run off outside of your eyelid margins. You may begin to see results as soon as after two months of nightly use, however, the peak effects of this medication occur around 3-4 months. After 3-4 months, your eye doctor may recommend a treatment schedule of every other night instead of nightly. If you stop using Latisse, your eyelashes may gradually return to their former state.

Although Latisse has been FDA approved and has been found to be safe for most people, it is important to consult with your eye doctor before using this medication. You may not be a good candidate for this medication if you have had any form of Uveitis, have severe allergies or sensitive skin, are susceptible to having conjunctivitis or infections of the eyelids. Patients at risk for macula edema or women that are pregnant or nursing should not use it. One of the active ingredients in Latisse can affect your eye pressure. If you have or are being monitored for ocular hypertension or glaucoma, it is important to let your doctor know so that he or she can monitor your eye pressure closely while using this medication.

The common side effects of this medication include: Dry or itchy eyes, redness, permanent darkening of your iris (eye color), or increased pigmentation of your eyelids.

If you are interested in trying Latisse, schedule a consultation with your eye doctor. This medication is not over the counter and requires a prescription. Most insurances, do not cover the cost of this medication. A supply of 60 applicators for one month is about $120, but the price may vary from one source to another.

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