Should I Try Latisse?

Woman using eye makeup after LATISSE

Do you want to improve how your eyelashes look? Are you tired of relying on eyelash extensions to get the look you want?

Right now, natural beauty is in, but people are also all about long and fuller eyelashes. There are plenty of things that you can try like fake lashes, extensions, and even serums that claim to make your eyelashes grow.

These options are all available at retail stores or businesses. But there’s also a prescription option called Latisse. Keep reading to learn more about Latisse and if you should give it a try!

What is Latisse?

Latisse is an FDA approved prescription medication approved to lengthen, darken, and thicken eyelashes. The active ingredient, known as a prostaglandin analog, is the same active ingredient used in a prescription for treating glaucoma.

You will see Latisse mentioned like Latisse (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution, 0.03%).

What do I need to consider if I’m thinking about trying Latisse?

Like any prescription or procedure, you need to make sure it is the right treatment for you. Some things you need to be aware of when deciding to use Latisse are:

  • To be a candidate for Latisse, you need to be at least 18 years old and cannot be pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Latisse should only be used by the person it is prescribed for.
  • If you use contact lenses, you need to remove them before using Latisse. You must wait at least 15 minutes before putting your contacts back in after using Latisse.
  • If your single-use applicator comes into contact with another surface, do not reuse it. The bottle can become contaminated if the tip of it touches something else.

Are there side effects from using Latisse?

Latisse does have side effects. Some of the more common side effects include irritation, eye redness, and the skin on your eyelid where applied may darken.

These side effects are reversible once you stop using Latisse. Another side effect is that the iris darkens, and this is irreversible. The iris is the colored part of your eye.

Is Latisse better than over the counter options?

While the effects of over the counter products might be similar or the same as Latisse, there is one important thing to remember. The important thing is that Latisse is FDA approved.

The component of Latisse that’s FDA approved is Bimatoprost, which is the prostaglandin analog in Latisse.

The ingredient in over the counter products is not FDA approved. This ingredient is isopropyl cloprostenate.

Over the counter serums are not tested by the FDA, so their effects and safety are unknown. Latisse is the only serum approved by the FDA for eyelash growth.

If you are thinking about getting a serum for growing your eyelashes, talk with your doctor to see if you are a good candidate for Latisse. Your doctor will be able to tell you if you are a good candidate and if Latisse is likely to work for you.

Are you interested in learning more about Latisse? Schedule an appointment at Mid Ohio Eye in Columbus, OH today!