1. What is LATISSE™ (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.03%? top

LATISSE™ solution is a prescription treatment for hypotrichosis used to grow eyelashes, making them longer, thicker and darker.

2. What is hypotrichosis of the eyelashes? top

Hypotrichosis is another name for having inadequate or not enough eyelashes.

3. How does LATISSE™ work? top

The active ingredient in LATISSE™ is bimatoprost. Although the precise mechanism of action is not known, research suggests that the growth of eyelashes occurs by increasing the percent of hairs in, and the duration of, the anagen (or growth) phase. Lashes can grow longer, thicker and darker because bimatoprost can also prolong this growth phase.

4. How do I apply LATISSE™? top

LATISSE™ is a once-a-day treatment you apply yourself each evening to the base of the upper eyelashes. See the full instructions in How to Apply.

5. How soon will I see results? top

LATISSE™ users may see results starting at 4 weeks with full results after 16 weeks. The growth is gradual overnight, over time.

6. Is LATISSE™ a replacement for mascara? top

No, LATISSE™ does not work in place of mascara. However, mascara is a nice complement to LATISSE™ to help make your new longer eyelashes look even more attractive.

7. Is LATISSE™ different from nonprescription products that indicate eyelash growth? top

LATISSE™ solution is the first and only prescription treatment approved by the FDA for inadequate or insufficient eyelashes, growing them longer, fuller and darker.

8. What if I forget to apply one night? Or a few nights? top

If you miss an application or a few, don't try to catch up. Just apply the LATISSE™ treatment the next evening and stay on schedule.

9. What happens if I stop using LATISSE™? top

If you stop using LATISSE™, your eyelashes are expected to return to their previous appearance over several weeks to months.

10. Do I need to get a prescription for LATISSE™? top

Yes. You need to be examined by Dr. Parsa before he prescribes you LATISSE™. Dr. Parsa is an oculoplastic & Cosmetic Eyelid & Oculoplastic Surgeon. He can examine you and assess if you are a candidate for Lattise.

11. What are the possible side effects of LATISSE™? top

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.

12. What should I do if I get LATISSE™ in my eye? top

LATISSE™ solution is an ophthalmic drug product. If any gets into the eye, it is not expected to cause harm. The eye should not be rinsed.

13. Who should NOT use LATISSE™? top

Do not use LATISSE™ solution if you are allergic to one of its ingredients.

14. What are the ingredients in LATISSE™? top

Active ingredient: bimatoprost. Inactive ingredients: benzalkonium chloride; sodium chloride; sodium phosphate, dibasic; citric acid; and purified water. Sodium hydroxide and/or hydrochloric acid may be added to adjust pH. The pH during its shelf life ranges from 6.8 — 7.8.

15. What is skin hyperpigmentation? top

This is a common, usually harmless condition in which patches of skin become abnormally darker than the surrounding skin color. This occurs when an excess of melanin, the brown pigment that produces normal skin color, forms deposits in the skin. Hyperpigmentation is a possible side effect of LATISSE™, but may be reversible after you discontinue use.

16. What is elevated intraocular pressure (IOP)? top

This is a condition where the pressure inside the eye is higher than normal. LATISSE™ may decrease IOP. So make sure you let Dr. Parsa know if you have any ocular condition. Concurrent administration of LATISSE™ and certain IOP-lowering medications in ocular hypertensive patients should be closely monitored for changes in intraocular pressure.