Surgical Artistry Latisse Notes
What is Latisse?
It is a FDA approved prescription topical medication that makes eyelashes
thicker, longer, and darker. Bimatoprost is the drug name, and Latisse is
the same formulation as Lumigan which is Allergan's eyedrops for glaucoma.
Latisse however isn't used as eyedrops,
it is topically applied to the upper eyelashes each night.
Latisse prolongs growth phase of the lashes.
- 2 sizes: 3ML and 5ML. They come in white boxes with brushes.
The 5ML kit is a larger box and has a lot more brushes than the 3ML, which I
like - it's more than what would be proportional. This way the
patients don't run out of brushes as easily. We usually sell the 5ML -
List price: $190, we sell for $149 for now (2020 - prices subject to change
- please call our office to find out pricing). I haven't decided when
we would change the price. The 3ML list price is $120, we sell for
- Interestingly when you open the 3ML and 5ML kit, the size of the bottle
is the same for both - just that the 5ML kit is filled all the way up to the
- The 5ML lasts about 3 months.
What's special about Latisse?
- Bimatoprost is the only FDA approved medication for eye lash enhancement
- It is safe for the eye as it is also an eyedrop medication for glaucoma
(packaged as Lumigan).
- It was introduced in 2008 with a long track record of safety -
especially with it's previous use as an eye drop starting in 2001.
- Over 4 months, it makes eyelashes longer, thicker, and darker.
Usually 25% longer and double thickness (more hairs, rather than each hair
- It is used at home as a topical medication and not an office procedure.
How to use?
- Each night before going to sleep, take out contacts, and apply one drop
to brush and apply to base of upper eyelash and then throw away brush, then
repeat on the other side with new brush.
- Continue this use even after 4 months as our recommended usage.
Some patients at 4 months, go to every other night. But many of our
patients report that every other night isn't as favorable as continuing the
every night usage.
- Can one use it in the morning. Yes. But using it at night
ensures that some of the Latisse applied to the upper eyelashes will drift
down to the lower eyelashes because of going to sleep and closing our eyes.
Thus if a nurse is working night shift, then they would consider using it
most favorably during the day before going to sleep.
When do you start to see results and when do you get maximum results?
- You start to see results after about 8 weeks (2 months) of use, but
maximum results is after 4 months of use.
What to expect:
- 1st week - 10 days: some people get mild redness and mild itchiness -
this means that it is working, then at the 2nd week the redness and the
itchiness is gone. Most people will power through the mild redness and
- Maximum results is after 4 months of use. Some don't see results
till after 3 months. But if there are eyelashes present, I've always
seen Latisse work.
- Usually expect 25% longer in length, double the thickness, and darker
appearance at 4 months.
- There is a small chance that it can turn hazel eyes more brown which may
be permanent. The risk is low. There is no risk of blue eyes turning
brown. Latisse needs present brown pigment to make that pigment
darker. Blue eyed patients do not have brown pigment in their eyes.
- There is a chance of upper eyelid darkening which is reversible.
- Patients who have glaucoma. Latisse itself is a glaucoma drug.
While, it may be fine to use Latisse, we will defer to eye doctors and their
recommendation for these patients.
- Contact lens wearers. There is a preservative that could
potentially turn contact lenses yellow. It's best to take the contacts
out, apply Latisse, wait 10 minutes for the preservative to evaporate, then
put the contacts back in.
- Surgical Artistry: 4754 Dale Road, Modesto, CA 95356. 209-551-1888.
- Did you know that Dr. Calvin Lee was one of the original lecturers on
Latisse when it first came out in 2009. Dr. Lee lectured throughout
California and Reno giving information to Doctors and Nurses about the
product when it was first launched by Allergan.
- When buying Latisse, patients will fill out a Latisse patient form and
you will meet with Dr. Calvin Lee or Dr. Tammy Wu and get more details from
our staff. Buyers of Latisse become official patients of Dr. Lee or
Another old link written by Dr. Lee when Latisse first came out - Latisse
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