LATISSE is a new product in the cosmetic health market to promote the growth of eyelashes. Although this is an outpatient, cosmetic procedure, it is not free from potential risks and complications.
Latisse is made of bimatoprost, which is also used to treat glaucoma. Though this element causes a side effect of increased eye lashes in glaucoma patients, this is a primary benefit for many women wanting to enhance the look of their eyes. LATISSE can only be availed with a prescription and is generally not covered by medical insurance. The FDA has issued a warning to the developing company behind LATISSE for false promotion of the product by excluding its side effects.
If you are looking forward to getting your eyelashes enhanced, make sure you are well aware of the following potential risks and complications:
Change in Pigmentation of Iris and Lid
The iris of your eye may have increased color intensity after the treatment. Many patients report an enhanced brown coloring of their eyes for a few weeks following the application of this drug. Also, the skin of the eyelid may also get darkened due to Latisse. The greatest concern of this potential risk is that this change is most likely permanent in nature.
Hair Growth in Undesired Areas
LATISSE has been known to stimulate hair growth in various undesired areas upon contact. Areas like your cheeks, forehead, nose and other nearby areas may begin to sprout hair if they come in contact with the solution. Therefore, adequate care is essential while applying the solution. You may review the manual to learn more about this complication.
Another possible risk associated with LATISSE is the asymmetry that can be caused at a later stage. It is largely possible that eyelashes of one eye may grow at a higher intensity than the lashes of your other eye. This will result in an undesirable look of your face.
Redness and Irritation
If the solution enters the eye, it may result in redness, irritation, eye pain and even blurry vision. Prolonged contact with the eye may even increase sensitivity to light and result in intra-ocular inflammation.
Susceptibility to Eye Disease
If you are suffering from a medical eye disorder or disease, LATISSE is not recommended for you. An adverse reaction may take place between the solution and existing medication. Patients who use implanted lenses or have recently had cataract surgery are also advised against this treatment. Lastly, if you are pregnant or nursing, this treatment may not be suitable for you. Consult with your doctor before any decision is made.
Due to these potential risks and complications, LATISSE has to be carefully used. Your ophthalmologist can explain the possibility of the above mentioned risks and help you decide whether you should opt for it or not.