People in Frederick, Maryland go to great lengths to make their eyelashes look longer and fuller. Mascara, false eyelashes and even lash extensions are quite common in the quest for lush-looking lashes. Imagine the excitement when Allergan, the makers of Botox®, discovered a way to make those dreams come true completely by accident!
What started out as a clinical trial for a known glaucoma treatment turned out to have an incredible and desired side effect – significantly longer eyelashes.
Applied directly to the base of the upper eyelashes, Latisse keeps hairs in their growth phase, producing longer, darker and thicker eyelashes. It contains a much smaller amount of bimatoprost than Lumigan, and Latisse is intended for daily use.
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Before applying LATISSE™ each night, ensure your face is clean, makeup and contact lenses are removed, and any other facial care products have already been applied.
Remove an applicator from its tray. Then, holding the sterile applicator horizontally, place one drop of LATISSE™ solution on the area of the applicator closest to the tip but not on the tip.
Immediately draw the applicator carefully along the skin at the base of the upper eyelashes (where the eyelashes meet the skin) just as you would apply liquid eyeliner. This area should feel lightly moist without runoff.
Blot any excess solution beyond the eyelid with a tissue. 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.
Tips for Success
Try to incorporate LATISSE™ into your nightly routine — for example, after you’ve washed your face and brushed your teeth. Store the LATISSE™ bottle near your other skin care products or toothbrush, so you won’t forget to apply it each night.
LATISSE™ takes time to work. Only use it once a night, and don’t overuse it, as this may increase the chance of experiencing eye redness or itchiness. Start fresh If your eye makeup remover leaves an oily residue on your eyelids, wipe off any excess oils with soap and water to ensure a clean surface before you apply LATISSE™. Follow the rules. Always use the sterile, disposable FDA-approved applicator provided in the kit. Don’t try to apply LATISSE™ with a cotton swab. The LATISSE™ applicator is specially designed to hold a drop and release a drop, as well as ensure safety and maximize effectiveness.
Don’t play catch up
If you miss a dose one night, don’t apply more just to catch up. Simply apply LATISSE™ the next evening and stay on schedule.
Beware of germs
Don’t let the tip of the bottle or applicator contact your fingers or any other unintended surface, in order to avoid contamination.
Chart your progress
When you start using LATISSE™ solution, be sure to mark your calendar and take pictures throughout weeks (0, 4, 8, 12, 16), so you can have your own “Before & After Gallery.”
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Important Safety Information
Be sure to remove your contact lenses before applying LATISSE™.
Do not use LATISSE™ solution if you are allergic to one of its ingredients.
LATISSE™ solution is intended for use on the skin of the upper eyelid margins at the base of the eyelashes. DO NOT APPLY to the lower eyelid. *IMPORTANT: If you have a history of glaucoma or abnormal eye pressure, you should only use LATISSE™ under the close supervision of your eye doctor. You should also tell anyone conducting an eye pressure screening that you are using LATISSE™.
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. Although not reported in clinical studies, there is a remote possibility that LATISSE™ use may also cause increased brown pigmentation of the colored part of the eye which could be permanent.