Would you like longer, fuller and darker lashes? Latisse® is an FDA-approved treatment you can use to grow your eyelashes. It is a prescription-only treatment indicated for those who have inadequate or not enough lashes. It needs to be prescribed by a doctor to assure the proper treatment and use. Both men and women can use Latisse.
Michael Lum, DO at Lumier Medical in Torrance, California has prescribed this for hundreds of patients after it was approved in 2008 for cosmetic use. Call to learn more or schedule an appointment online today.
What is Latisse?
Latisse is bimatoprost ophthalmic solution 0.03%, a product of Allergan. It is the first and only FDA-approved prescription treatment for inadequate or not enough lashes. We carry this product, which comes as a boxed kit, complete with bottled solution of Latisse, sterile applicator brushes and prescribing information. It comes in both 3 ml and 5 ml sized amounts. After evaluation and consultation with Dr. Lum, he will thoroughly discuss how this product should be correctly used, expectations, and possible side effects you should be aware of.
Does it really work?
In 2001, an ingredient of this product in the form of Lumigan® was used as a prescription medication to treat patients with increased pressure within the eye. Many patients noticed they were getting longer, fuller and darker lashes. This lead to a clinical trial to study the safety and effectiveness of this product for lash growth, it was FDA-approved as Latisse in December 2008.
How does it work and when do I see results?
After you clean your skin and remove your contacts, Latisse is applied to the base of your upper eyelashes with the supplied sterile applicator brushes once a day at bedtime. Latisse is a prostaglandin that stimulates hair growth and works by increasing the active growth cycle (anagen) phase of your eyelash hair cycle. This gives them more time to grow longer and more abundantly. This takes weeks to happen, but patients notice longer lashes in about 4 weeks. Full and more abundant growth occurs in about 12 to 16 weeks of proper usage.
How is Latisse different from other lash products?
Latisse is the first and only FDA-approved prescription product to grow lashes longer, fuller and darker for people who have inadequate or not enough lashes. It has been studied for safety and effectiveness and is prescribed by a doctor. Over 8.7 million kits of Latisse have been sold.
What happens if I stop using Latisse?
Your eyelashes will still be longer and more abundant for weeks to months, but will gradually return to their previous appearance. Your hair follicles cycle through phases of hair growth. Hair grows for a period (anagen phase) of time, stops (catagen phase) growing, then falls out before it begins the cycle all over again. Your eyelashes grow longer, fuller and darker with Latisse. When you stop using it, your hair follicles will return to the way they grew lashes before.
What are potential side effects?
The most common side effects after using Latisse solution are an itching sensation and redness of the eyes. This was reported in about 4% of patients in the clinical study. Less common side effects include irritation of the eyelid skin where Latisse is applied. This may include skin irritation, redness or darkening (2.5% of patients). Eyelid darkening is expected to reverse several weeks to months after discontinuing Latisse.
A very infrequent side effect of Latisse is that it may cause increased brown pigmentation in the iris, the colored part of the eye which is likely to be permanent. This would be more of a concern if you have light colored eyes. Latisse is to be applied to the upper eyelid only. Do not apply it to the eye or lower lid.
Do you sell this product in your office?
Yes. You can buy this product at Lumier Medical in Torrance, California, but it cannot be purchased without an appropriate consultation with Dr. Lum at no extra charge to you. This is a prescription product that is prescribed by physicians to assure that you are a good candidate and that you use it properly for your safety.
When you’re ready to learn more, call Lumier Medical today or schedule an appointment online.