Anne M Nickodem, MD PC.

What are the Side Effects of Latisse?

Latisse is a revolutionary treatment for hypotrichosis of the eyelashes, a condition of abnormal hair patterns – predominantly loss or reduction. Eyelash hypotrichosis is another name for having inadequate or not enough eyelashes. 

Available only through a doctor, Latisse is a once-daily topical prescription treatment applied to the base of the upper eyelashes with a sterile, single-use-per-eye disposable applicator. Latisse users can expect to experience longer, fuller and darker eyelashes in as little as eight weeks, with full results in 16 weeks. Application of Latisse at least every other day will maintain the new lash growth and support long, thick, healthy lashes. 

Common side effects of Latisse include: 

Itchy Eyes: Application of Latisse can trigger an itchy sensation in the eyes that is completely harmless and not a cause for concern. 

Eye Redness: This side effect only occurs in a very small percentage of users. Reddening of the eyes usually happens when excess solution applied on the upper eyelid spills into the eyes. So, if Latisse is used cautiously, this side effect is unlikely to occur. 

Discoloration of the Eyelids: If you are not careful in applying the solution, your eyelid may be exposed to the product. This can happen every time you use the product, which may eventually discolor the eyelids. This side effect usually doesn’t last long and should go away within 2 months after the usage of the product has been stopped.

Unwanted Hair Growth: Latisse not only makes the eyelashes longer but can also stimulate hair growth in whichever part of the skin that has come in contact with the product. There have been reports of hair growing on the cheeks and eyelids, indicating that facial areas have been frequently exposed to the solution. So you should be very particular when it comes to using the product. While applying along the base of the upper eyelashes, ensure that the solution does not trickle down to your cheeks in order to prevent unwanted hair growth.

Ingrown Eyelashes: Latisse does help to lengthen eyelashes, but when they grow too long, it may cause trichiasis, eyelashes that grow inward. As the length of eyelashes increases, the direction of their growth may change. Ingrown eyelashes can cause irritation, redness and watering of the eyes. This eye problem can also trigger an unrelenting scratchy sensation in the eyes.

Allergic Reaction: Allergic reactions to this product are rare. If a reaction should occur, it can cause an itchy rash, facial swelling and breathing problems. 

Latisse is safe for most people; however, you may not be a candidate for it if you have certain eye problems (such as uveitis and conjunctivitis), risk for macular edema, severe allergies or skin infections of the upper eyelids. It is not recommended for pregnant and nursing women.Many women find that with Latisse they no longer need to apply layers of thick mascara to give them the lashes they desire. Getting your prescription of Latisse is as simple as contacting Anne Nickodem, MD at 703-560-8711 or website to schedule a consultation.

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