You already know that eyelashes are nice to look at, and it’s no surprise that there are dozens of mascara brands out there helping enhance lash length and fullness. The problem is that, as we age, our eyelashes can thin out and leave us feeling self-conscious, not to mention frustrated! If you’re looking for a way to boost your eyelash growth again, Latisse® may be the solution.
What is Latisse®?
Latisse® is an FDA-approved treatment (since 2008) that aids in eyelash growth for those seeking more length, thickness, and color darkness. It’s actually a version of a glaucoma drug in eye drop form called bimatoprost, which was approved by the FDA in 2001. At that time, doctors treating glaucoma patients noticed the eyelash growth side effect from using bimatoprost, which assisted in the creation of Latisse®. Over time, patients reported extended and fuller eyelashes, which were eventually linked to the glaucoma drug’s doses.
How does it work?
Just like the hair on our heads, eyelashes sprout, grow, and eventually fall out. But when using Latisse®, the growth phase extends and the number of lashes increases. Application of Latisse® is easy; simply dab it on your upper lash lines every night with a sterile applicator. It then spreads to the lower lash line automatically as you blink. Make sure your face is clean, makeup-free, and that you’re not wearing contacts when using Latisse®. Each applicator is used only once, so always discard it after applying. Using the same applicator more than once can cause eye infections or an allergic reaction.
When will I see results?
Users typically see results after two months of daily application. After three to four months, you may only have to use Latisse® every couple of days depending on your personal results. Keep in mind that your eyelashes will gradually return to their original state if you choose to stop using the treatment.
Is there anything else I should know?
Although Latisse® eyelash lengthener is safe for most people, you may not be a qualified candidate if you have certain eye problems like uveitis (inflammation) or conjunctivitis (pink eye). You should also not use Latisse® if you’re pregnant or nursing. If you’re already using an IOP-lowering medication for ocular hypertension or glaucoma, it’s important you let the doctor know before trying Latisse® so your eye pressure can be monitored closely.
Because not every doctor is familiar with Latisse®, we always recommend making an appointment specifically with an eye doctor, cosmetic surgeon, or dermatologist, like those on staff at Coastal Dermatology & Surgery Center. Latisse® is an effective and favorable way we help clients boost eyelash growth, and we’d be happy to talk to you about this treatment and if it’s right you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!