What is Latisse and How Do You Use It?

Do you hate mascara? Do you wish you could roll out of bed already looking good?

With cosmetic treatments like Latisse, you can put down the mascara and embrace your inner beauty! Latisse is a cosmetic treatment prescribed to patients looking to achieve the appearance of fuller, darker lashes. 

It’s also the first treatment that’s been FDA-approved to stimulate eyelash growth. Using Latisse is simple. 

You don’t have to worry about any in-office appointments. Instead, you can administer it yourself at home. Keep reading to learn more about Latisse and how to use it to achieve the results you want! 

How Does Latisse Work?

Latisse is a medication that’s administered in liquid form. It’s a serum that contains bimatoprost ophthalmic solution. 

Bimatoprost is a solution also used in certain glaucoma medications. Latisse was invented because ophthalmologists noticed that patients using these medications containing bimatoprost sometimes grew thicker, fuller lashes. 

Researchers then found they could use the solution on the eyelid itself to stimulate eyelash growth directly, leading to the creation of Latisse. While bimatoprost lowers eye pressure to treat glaucoma, Latisse is a purely cosmetic treatment. 

You should only use it as prescribed, on the upper eyelid, and not as eye drops. But the prescription can give you fuller, thicker, and darker eyelashes, primarily when you use it as directed. 

What to Know Before You Use Latisse

Not everyone should use Latisse. You may love the idea of this cosmetic treatment, but it’s not suitable for everyone. 

You may not be a good candidate for Latisse. Good candidates should:

  • Be 18 or older
  • Not be pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Not have any existing eye conditions that could interfere with the effectiveness of Latisse
  • Have realistic expectations about what Latisse can achieve
  • Have thinning eyelashes that you want to thicken and increase in length

The only way to know if you’re a good candidate for Latisse is to schedule an appointment with your ophthalmologist at Sugiki Portis Yim Eye Center. However, you need to know that even if you can start using Latisse, it’s not always 100% effective for everyone using it. 

You may use the cosmetic treatment and not see any increased eyelash growth. Although it’s uncommon, it’s still a risk of using Latisse. 

Discuss any potential risks and complications of using Latisse before it’s prescribed. You should always know what to expect before using any prescription medication; Latisse is no exception.

How to Use Latisse

After you receive a prescription for Latisse, you can start using it. You should apply it once a day across the skin of the upper eyelid at the base of your eyelashes. 

You can apply it any time of day, but you should apply it at night after removing your makeup and contact lenses. Using it on a clean face is essential, as makeup can interfere with the treatment. 

But if you want to wear your contact lenses again after applying Latisse, you’ll have to wait fifteen minutes before you can put them back in. Using Latisse is simple. 

It comes with sterile, one-use applicators. It’s imperative that you do not reuse applicators and that you never use an applicator that’s touched anything other than your eyelid after being opened. 

The applicator needs to remain sterile for the treatment to be most effective and prevent infection. Once you open your applicator, apply a single drop. 

Then, brush the applicator along your upper eyelid at the base of your lashes. After brushing the applicator at the upper eyelid, dispose of the applicator and blot any access on your eyelid with a clean tissue. 

Once you’ve applied Latisse to your upper eyelid, you’re finished. It should only take a minute or two. 

You may start seeing longer lashes after about a month. Most should experience the full results with maximum length and thickness in 16 weeks. 

It can take some time for Latisse to start working. However, if you’ve been using Latisse as directed and aren’t seeing results, talk to your ophthalmologist. After 16 weeks, you can also discuss the ongoing use of Latisse with your eye doctor. 

Safety Tips for Using Latisse

When using Latisse, remember never to use it on your bottom eyelids. It’s only approved for use on your upper eyelids. 

Only use Latisse as much as is prescribed once a day. Using it more than once a day could negatively affect your health.

You should also remember to never reuse applicators. If you drop an applicator or accidentally brush it up against something, don’t use that one. 

Instead, put it in the trash and open a new one. You must use a sterile applicator when putting Latisse on your eyelids. 

Latisse is a safe treatment, but you should use any medication cautiously! There can be side effects to using Latisse, although most are harmless and only cause minor irritation. 

But if you experience any vision changes or persistent eye inflammation or irritation, stop using Latisse and consult with your prescribing doctor. They may recommend you stop using Latisse due to concerning side effects. Fuller, thicker eyelashes may not be worth it if you’re experiencing other side effects.

Latisse can be a very effective way to achieve fuller, longer, and darker eyelashes when used correctly. If you’re tired of spending your time putting on mascara or trying to wear fake lashes, it’s time to consider Latisse to make your routine faster! 

Are you ready to have thicker and fuller lashes? Find out if Latisse could be right for you by requesting an appointment today at Sugiki Portis Yim Eye Center in Honolulu, HI! 

Haven’t you spent long enough dealing with the hassles of mascara and eyelash curlers? It’s time for something better!

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