Growing long eyelashes with Lumigan
Lumigan eye drops 300mcg/ml is used to treat hypotrichosis, or eyelash growth that is insufficient. Lumigan eye drops contain bimatoprost, a synthetic analogue (mimic) of a naturally occurring chemical called prostaglandin, which is thought to be involved in hair growth and works by increasing the length of the active hair growth phase. Lumigan eye drops can help you grow eyelashes that are longer, fuller and darker.
How should Lumigan be used for growing eyelashes?
You should use your Lumigan eye drops 300mcg/ml once nightly, by applying to the base of the upper eyelashes of each eye. (An applicator is not supplied but a very fine eyeliner brush is suitable) Do not apply to the lower lid. Also avoid touching other areas with Lumigan eye drops, as this may result in unwanted hair growth. Before applying your Lumigan eye drops, ensure that your face is clean and makeup and contact lenses are removed. If you are using an eyeliner brush as an applicator, ensure that it is clean before each application. Place one drop of Lumigan close to the tip of your brush and immediately draw the brush across the skin of the upper eyelid margin where the eyelashes meet the skin, starting from the inner part of your lash line to the outer part of your lash line. Any extra solution should be blotted with a tissue. Should any Lumigan solution get into your eye, there is no need to rinse out the eye. This will not harm the eye. You may reinsert your contact lenses 5 minutes after application of the Lumigan. To avoid contamination by bacteria, ensure that the tip of the bottle or brush does not come into contact with your fingers or any other surface. You should begin to see results within 8 weeks with maximum eyelash growth by 12-16 weeks. If you stop using your Lumigan eye drops, your eyelashes will return to their original condition within a few weeks or months. If you are using Lumigan for reducing your intraocular pressure or if you have glaucoma, you should not use Lumigan eye drops for eyelash growth.
When should Lumigan not be used?
You should not use Lumigan if you:
- are allergic to bimatoprost or any of the ingredients in Lumigan eye drops
- are pregnant, intend to become pregnant or breast feeding
- have liver, kidney or respiratory disease
- are wearing contact lenses; you should remove your contacts and replace them after using Lumigan eye drops
How long should you use Lumigan?
You should use your Lumigan eye drops continually for at least 12-16 weeks for maximum eyelash growth and you will begin to see results within 8 weeks. If you stop using your Lumigan eye drops, your eyelashes will return to their original condition, within a few weeks or months.
Missed dose of Lumigan
If you miss a dose of Lumigan eye drops use it as soon as you remember on that day. If you miss a day do not use the drops twice on the next day i.e. a double dose.
How should Lumigan be stored?
You should store your Lumigan eye drops in a cool place where the temperature stays below 25°C and always replace the top on the bottle to prevent contamination. Discard the bottle of Lumigan eye drops 4 weeks after opening.