Latisse is a prescription medication that is applied to the base of the upper eyelids. When used daily as prescribed, it results in longer, thicker, more luscious lashes. At Premier Dermatology and Mohs Surgery of Atlanta in Alpharetta, GA, we understand the importance of healthy-looking lashes to your overall aesthetic. That’s why we’re excited to discuss this medication today.
How Long Does Latisse Last?
One of the best things about Latisse is that it lasts as long as you use it as prescribed. While your eyelashes will continue to go through their natural growth cycles, the results will not disappear after four or five months. Different eyelashes are in different growth cycles at the same time.
Once you have achieved your ideal aesthetic, you can start using it every other day with no ill effects. If you stop using this medication altogether, you will not instantly lose volume and length in your lashes. Over the course of three to 24 weeks, your lashes will return to their pre-medication appearance.
How Long Does It Take to Work?
Like most prescription medications, it takes time for this medication to work. If you use it daily as prescribed for two months, you will start to see results. However, if you forget it occasionally or use it every other day, it may take longer for the medication to work. If you follow all instructions to the letter, you can see the final results in three to four months.
Is This Medication Easy to Apply?
Latisse is absolutely easy to use. If you have ever applied mascara, you will have no problem applying this medication. You will receive sterile applicators along with the medication as well as comprehensive instructions on how to apply it. Application takes no more than three minutes daily, and the most extensive step is thoroughly washing your face and hands before application.
When Is the Best Time to Apply This Medication?
According to Allergan, the manufacturer of the medication, the best time to apply it is at night an hour before bed. This allows the medication more than enough time to dry and be absorbed by your skin. However, it is okay to apply it in the morning 15 minutes before you apply any other cosmetics near your eyes.
Can This Medication Be Applied With an Eyeliner Brush?
Unfortunately, this medication cannot be applied with an eyeliner brush. Per the instructions we will provide you with the medication, you may only use the sterile applicator brushes included with the medication. This mitigates the risk that bacteria will get in or near your eyes. Use a separate applicator for each eyelid and dispose of each one after use.
Can I Use Mascara Until the Medication Takes Effect?
Yes: just remember to apply the medication first and wait 15 minutes. After that, you are free to apply mascara as you usually would. You are also free to apply eyeliner, eyeshadow and other cosmetics around your eyes. If you apply your medication at night, make sure you remove all cosmetics and have thoroughly cleansed your hands and face.
How Should I Store This Medication?
Store this medication in a convenient location away from direct sunlight. Most people store this medication in the medicine cabinet in their bathroom. Others leave it on their nightstand away from direct sunlight so they don’t forget it before bed.
The most important thing to know about proper storage is you should keep this medication in a room that does not get colder than 36 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer than 77 degrees Fahrenheit. To ensure the sterile applicators remain sterile, keep them in their packaging until you are ready to use them. Dispose of them as instructed after use.
What Happens if I Forget My Dose?
If you forget your daily dose, do not apply a double dose the next day. Skip the dose unless you remember within an hour of when you usually put it on, as long as you can wait 15 minutes to apply any cosmetics near your eyes.
If you remember your dose over an hour after you usually apply it, wait until the next day to apply your regularly scheduled dose. Remember, it can take between three and 24 weeks for your eyelashes to return to “normal” after you stop using the medication completely, so there’s no need to panic if you miss a day.
What if I Get the Medication in My Eye?
If you use the sterile applicator brush, only a tiny amount of medication can come into contact with your eye. You don’t need to worry if you get the medication in your eye. You don’t even need to use eye drops or rinse your eyes out.
To mitigate the risk of getting the medication in your eye, apply it with your eye completely closed. The first few times, you may want to do this in front of a mirror in a well-lit room. Wait 30 seconds after application. Then blot away any excess liquid gently to keep it from dripping into your eye when you open your upper lid.
Discover How to Achieve Thick, Long, Luscious Lashes Today
Do you think your aesthetic could be enhanced by volumizing your upper lashes? If so, you may be a good candidate for Latisse. To learn more, contact us today at Premier Dermatology and Mohs Surgery of Atlanta in Alpharetta, GA to schedule your initial consultation. We can’t wait to meet you and help you achieve your ideal aesthetic.