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What Are Potential Latisse Side Effects?

Can Latisse cause any side effects I should be aware of?  If so, what are they and how long do Latisse side effects last?

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There may be potential Latisse side effects

Latisse contains Bimatoprost, a prostaglandin anolog contained in the glaucoma medication, Lumigan. Like Lumigan, potential side effects may be seen, such as darkening of eyelid skin (this may be reversible once stopped).

There may also be a possible increase in the brown pigmentation of the colored part of the eye (this is likely to be permanent).

Other possible side effects may be itching, eye redness, dryness and irritation of the eye or surounding eyelid skin where Latisse may be applied. It is also possible for hair growth to occur in the areas where Latisse comes in contact with. This can be minimized by carefully applying Latisse to the thin strip of eyelid margin skin alone, and blotting any excess solution.

Except for the change in iris color, most side effects will disappear after discontinuing Latisse.

Los Angeles Ophthalmologist
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Latisse Side Effects

Fortunately, side effects from Latisse are uncommon. There is no evidence to suggest that Latisse will change your eye color. Over two million prescriptions for Latisse have been filled with no confirmed reports of iris pigmentation issues. Side effects from the initial studies showed less than 4 percent of people experienced redness, irritation and itching of the upper eyelid, which was reversed upon discontinuation.

Mitchell Schwartz, MD
South Burlington Dermatologic Surgeon
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Side effects of Latisse

1. Itching of the eyelids

2. Darkening of the iris

3. Darkening of the eyelid skin

4. Worsening of eye diseases such as uveitis, allergic conjunctivitis, iritis.

It is important to have an ophthalmologist check your eyes before and after Latisse usage and to be aware that you are using it. 

Chris Thiagarajah, MD
Denver Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Latisse Side effects

Latisse is a prostaglandin analogue similar to the drug bimatoprost used in the treatment of glaucoma.  

Some of the potential side effects are:

1. Darkening of eyelid skin (usually reversible once the drug is stopped)

2. Color change of the iris:  this may occur in lighter colored patients and usually turns the eyes brown.  This is sometimes permanent.

3. Redness and itching which is resolved on discontinuation of the drug.

4. Unwanted hair growth in adjacent areas that come in contact with Latisse.  This can be minimized by apply Latisse carefully only the lash margin of the upper eyelid.

Side Effects of Latisse

Latisse is a prescription medication, which if used  correctly, does not often cause side effects. Nonetheless, we do recommend an eye examination before you initiate treatment and 12 weeks later, as well was yearly after that.  As with any medication, the benefits and risks must be weighed so it is important to use the product correctly and be observed for side effects.

Sandy Feldman, MD
San Diego Ophthalmologist
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Latisse Side Effects Eyelid & Eyes

Thicker, longer, darker eyelashes is a goal of a majority of cosmetic patients. Bimatoprost, the active chemical in Latisse, helps to improve the upper eyelashes. Latisse may cause irritation, redness, itching, or hyperpigmentation of the eyelid or eyes. The risk of these is generally low, as long as you follow the application guidelines.

Houtan Chaboki, MD
Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Anticipate Minimal Side Effects

It’s unusual to see complications following the use of Latisse. Fortunately, when complications do occur they tend to be self-limited.Common complications include eye irritation, eye redness, eyelid itching and eyelid hyperpigmentation.These usually resolve when Latisse is discontinued.
In patients with light colored irises Latisse can rarely change the iris color to brown.Unfortunately, this is probably a permanent change.If any of these problems occur it’s important to notify your physician as soon as possible.

Latisse Side Effects

The most common side effects of Latisse are an allergic or irritant reaction that can cause redness, swelling, dryness, and/or itchiness around the eyes. It is important not to get the product in your eyes. As long as you follow the application guidelines, these risks are typically low. 

Mary Hurley, MD
Dallas Dermatologist
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Side Effects are very uncommon

The most common side effects after using LATISSE solution are an itching sensation in the eyes and/or eye redness.

George T. Boris, MD, FRCS, FACS
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Latisse side effects

Side effects of Latisse:

darkening of the skin in the area
eye dryness

One very rare risk is an increase in brown pigmentation in the irises in green or hazel eyes. However, I haven't seen this occur with any of my patients to date.

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