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How to Get a Latisse Prescription

I read that you have to have a prescription to get the Latisse eyelash growth stuff, but will a doctor give it to anybody?  Can I just walk in and ask for the Latisse, or would I have to "qualify" somehow to be given a prescription (eyelashes less than a millimeter long) or something?

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Latisse prescribing information

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Latisse is a new medicine, bimatoprost 0.03%, used for underdevelopment of the eyelashes.

It is recommended on the upper eyelid only.

It can have a temporary darkening effect on the skin itself which is reversible, and an effect on the pigmented portion of the eye that is not reversible.

Eye irritation occurs in about 4% of patients.

Patients with alterations to intraocular pressures may be at special risk using the product.

I suspect Latisse will be used off label for cosmetic lengthening of the eyelashes. Similar products have been out for a few years but were withdrawn pending FDA studies for safety. Those products seemed to lengthen the eyelashes as long as the product was used; when it was stopped, the lashes shrank back to their original size.

Doctors can give a prescription for the product. It is widely available as of late January 2009.


Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 95 reviews

No Latisse prescribing qualifications per se regarding eyelash length

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Latisse is a prescription drug and therefore requires a physical examination before receiving it. If you are not already a patient, you will need to come by the office for a brief (no-charge) visit.

Be wary of doctors offices or medspas that do not require that you be a patient or have an exam or a prescription or buying it online. It is illegal to dispense an FDA controlled drug in this fashion. And, of course, this should not be given out or sold by salons, spas, or other non-licensed, non-medical personnel.

To "qualify" for Latisse, there is no prerequisite for how long or sparse your lashes should be. It is up to the doctor's discretion. You must also not be allergic to any of the ingredients, not have glaucoma or use glaucoma drops, not be pregnant or breast-feeding, and not have an eye infection or eye irritaiton.

Jonathan Hoenig, MD
Beverly Hills Oculoplastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 32 reviews

Latisse prescription available to improve eyelashes

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Latisse is a prescription medication recently approved by the FDA to improve both eyelash length and girth. It is applied to the base of the eyelashes at bedtime.

You do need a prescription for Latisse, and depending on the regulations of the state in which you live and the type of medical license that your physician has, it may be available in your doctor's office.

Ralph R. Garramone, MD
Fort Myers Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

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Latisse for your Lashes

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Our San Francisco office will be offering Latisse on January 26th. To my knowledge this is the earliest you can get this product.

Our office provides it after meeting the patient, taking a history and physical and discussing the risks and benefits of the treatment. Latisse is a medication with risks. In addition correct treatment is important in minimizing complications and maximizing results.

If a patient is an appropriate client we apply the first treatment, demonstrating proper technique. It can then be applied at home by the patient.

Like any treatment you should seek a board certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist.

I hope this helps.

Steven H. Williams, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

Latisse is a prescription drug

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Although it is used for a cosmetic purpose, Latisse is a prescription drug.  Before using Latisse, it is advisable to have a consultation with a doctor and to be clear that you understand how to use Latisse and the possible side effects.  In some states Latisse can be purchased directly for a doctor's office.  In New York state, however, physicians cannot dispense Latisse.  They write a prescription and it can be purchased at the pharmacy. 

Dina D. Strachan, MD
New York Dermatologist
3.5 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

Prescription for Latisse Montreal

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In Montreal Latisse prescriptions can be obtained through any doctor. However, most doctors, including many plastic surgeons, dermatologists and ophthalmologists are not yet very familiar with this product as it has only been available in Canada for two months.  I would suggest that you schedule a consultation with a specialist who is very familiar with Latisse and whose staff can properly teach you the proper method of application. The doctor can also advise you on benefits and possible side effects and how to deal with them should they occur. 

Arie Benchetrit, MD
Montreal Plastic Surgeon
1.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

See your facial plastic surgeon to learn more about Latisse

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The lash plumping effect of Latisse was discovered inadvertently. This eyedrop was introduced to treat certain eye conditions that effect the elderly. Patients and doctors observed in elderly men that this eyedrop was associated with the growth of long, full eyelashes. Suddenly, there were lots of older guys growing voluptuous lashes. Allergan keenly recognized this effect and developed Latisse, a similar product that enhances lash growth.

The best way to get Latisse is to visit your facial plastic surgeon, someone who is aware of the advantages and disadvantages of this product. Your doctor is best able to assess whether you are a good candidate for Latisse.

Ross A. Clevens, MD
Melbourne Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

Latisse is available by prescription only

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Latisse is a prescription product. As such, you must be evaluated by a physician and receive instruction for proper use. In some states, physicians can dispense Latisse in the office. In other states, you have to get a prescription from an MD and get the Latisse from the pharmacy. You do not need to "qualify" by having short eyelashes, you do have to see a physician to determine that Latisse is safe for you to use.

Elizabeth Slass Lee, MD
Bay Area Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Most patients can get Latisse via distributing doctor's office

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Latisse is essentially a cosmetic medication that will be dispensed in the doctors' offices. Let's face it, short eyelashes are not a medical condition that requires treatment any more than, say, a couple of wrinkles around the eyes. However, if somebody wants to have better looking eyelashes, we now have an FDA approved medication.

It has the same component that the Revitalash and several other lash lengthening products had originally. It is also the same component as a glaucoma medication. Ideally, the doctor will get your history and a short exam to make sure you don't have medical conditions that can be exacerbated by using Latisse. MSRP for Latisse is $140, and it is supposed to last about 4 weeks.

Stella Desyatnikova, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Latisse prescription

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You would have to see a doctor to obtain a prescription. The doctor will probably briefly discuss your medical history and give you a physical examination just to make sure that the product is suitable for you.

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 63 reviews

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