How is LATISSE used?
LATISSE solution is a once-daily prescription treatment applied to the base of the upper eyelashes with a sterile, single-use-per-eye disposable applicator. LATISSE should not be applied to the lower eyelashes as there is a potential for hair growth to occur in area where LATISSEÂ® comes in repeated contact with skin surfaces, and only the sterile applicators packaged with LATISSEÂ® should be used to apply the treatment.
How was LATISSE studied?
LATISSE solution was clinically tested in a Phase III study. Patients were randomly assigned to apply treatment with LATISSE or placebo to both upper eyelids, at the base of the lashes, once daily for 16 weeks. The primary efficacy endpoint was overall eyelash prominence at the end of the 16-week treatment period as measured by a = 1-grade improvement on a 4-point Global Eyelash Assessment Scale. Secondary efficacy endpoints were eyelash length, thickness, and darkness. All of the endpoints in the LATISSE pivotal trial were met. By the end of the 16-week treatment period, patients treated with LATISSE experienced statistically significant greater improvement (p < 0.0001 for each endpoint) than those in the placebo group in the measurements of eyelash prominence, length, thickness and darkness.
Does LATISSE work?
In a Phase III clinical study, LATISSE solution users experienced statistically significant improvements in eyelash prominence at the end of the 16-week timeframe, including:
= 1-grade improvement on a 4-point Global Eyelash Assessment Scale
25% increase in length of their eyelashes
106% increase in thickness/fullness of their eyelashes
18% increase in darkness of their eyelashes
Is LATISSE safe?
The FDA reviewed clinical study results to verify the identity, potency, purity, and stability of the ingredients, and demonstrated that the product is safe and effective if used as prescribed under a doctor's care. LATISSE was well tolerated in the clinical study and 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 (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.03% may cause other less common side effects which typically occur on the skin close to where LATISSE® solution is applied, or in the eyes. These include skin darkening, eye irritation, dryness of the eyes, and redness of the eyelids.
How does LATISSE work?
Although the precise mechanism of action is unknown, LATISSE is believed to affect the growth (anagen) phase of the eyelash hair cycle in two ways: first, it increases the length of this phase; and second, it increases the number of hairs in this growth phase. Bimatoprost is the active pharmaceutical ingredient in LATISSE.
What happens when you stop treatment with LATISSE?
To maintain effect, continued treatment is required. If use of LATISSE solution is discontinued, eyelashes will gradually return to where they were prior to treatment over a period of several weeks to months (average eyelash hair cycle).
Where can I purchase LATISSE?
LATISSE is available only by prescription, and only a doctor can prescribe it. You can purchase it at many doctor's offices as well as through the pharmacy with a prescription. We do not recommend buying LATISSE from any office or salon that does not have an onsite physician. While there are very few side effects associated with LATISSE, you want to know that you are purchasing it from an office that is capable of treating side effects if they do arise.