Here on the Fountain of Youth Plastic Surgery Blog we recently published a blog post entitled “An Overview of Latisse for Eyelash Enhancement.” This blog post caused an influx of interest and inquiries about Latisse, a non-surgical cosmetic medicine treatment for longer, thicker, and darker eyelashes. Below we have answered some of the most frequently asked questions:

What are the side effects of Latisse?

The most common side effect of Latisse is itchy eyes and/or eye redness, which occurred in 4% of users in a clinical study.[1] Other less common side effects include but are not limited to: increased brown iris pigmentation (which is likely to be permanent), darkening of the eyelid (which is usually reversible), dry eyes, and eyelid redness. Also, there is the potential for hair growth outside the treatment area if Latisse comes in repeated contacted with the skin surface. Accordingly, take due caution to make sure Latisse only gets applied to the upper eyelid margin at the base of the eyelashes.[2]

Can I use Latisse if I wear contact lenses?

Yes, you can use Latisse if you wear contact lenses. However, be advised that Latisse contains benzalkonium chloride, which can be absorbed by and cause discoloration of soft contact lenses.[3] As such, if you wear contact lenses, remove them prior to your nightly application of Latisse and wait at least fifteen minutes after applying Latisse to reinsert your contact lenses with clean hands.[4]

What time of day should I apply Latisse?

Latisse is supposed to be applied once every 24 hours. It is recommended that you apply Latisse nightly at bedtime. Make sure you remove all your makeup and your contact lenses and wash your face prior to applying Latisse.

Can men use Latisse?

Yes. Both men and women can use Latisse to increase the length, thickness, and darkness of their eyelashes. Ask your doctor whether you an appropriate candidate for Latisse.

Oops! What if forget to apply Latisse one night or for a few nights?

For optimal results, Latisse is supposed to be applied nightly at bedtime. If you forgot to apply Latisse one night or for a few nights in a row, do not try to play catch up with your Latisse applications. Instead, just wait until it is your nightly bedtime again and apply Latisse as you normally would.

Will I see faster results if I apply Latisse more than once a day?

Using Latisse more than once a day will not make Latisse work any better or faster and is simply a waste of the product.

Can I wear eye makeup if I am using Latisse?

Yes, but you must remove all your makeup (including any eye makeup) and clean your face before you apply Latisse. If you want to apply eye makeup after your nightly application of Latisse, make sure the Latisse is completely dry before putting on any eye makeup products.

After 16 weeks of nightly Latisse use, you will see the full, dramatic effect of Latisse with most patients having noticeably thicker, darker, and longer eyelashes. While you can still wear eye makeup if you like, many of our patients find that after Latisse treatment they are more confident wearing less mascara and other eye makeup.

Unhappy with the appearance of your sparse or inadequate eyelashes? If so, Latisse may be the non-surgical cosmetic medicine treatment you’ve been looking for. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Harrell at Fountain of Youth Plastic Surgery, servicing the Palm Harbor, FL and Tampa Bay, FL areas, can help you determine whether you are a good candidate for Latisse treatment. To schedule your consultation, call us toll-free at (800) 781-0818 or contact us via our website here.

In addition to a wide array of non-surgical cosmetic procedures, Dr. Harrell also specializes in

surgical cosmetic treatments such as breast augmentation, tummy tucks, mommy makeovers, and facelift surgery.