What is Latisse for Eyelash Growth?
Full, natural-looking eyelashes can now be achieved through a prescription treatment called Latisse®. Latisse is the first and only eyelash treatment approved by the FDA to help grow longer, fuller and darker eyelashes and treat hypotrichosis, a condition that includes having inadequate or not enough eyelashes.
Latisse contains bimatoprost, an active ingredient that improves the appearance of your lashes and is often found in glaucoma medication.
LATISSE has become the first and at this moment only U.S. FDA-approved treatment for manipulating the thickness, length, and even the darkness of your eyelashes. Prescriptions are now available and require application once a day to the upper base of the eyelashes.
The reason why LATISSE causes the eyelashes to grow is still unknown, however, its active ingredient, bimatoprost, increases the number of hair and the duration of follicle growth. This leads to long and fuller lashes for you to enjoy.
How Does Latisse Work?
Simply put, Latisse works by increasing the duration of active hair growth along the lash line. This product was born from a clinical treatment for glaucoma. When applying eye drops to reduce elevated intraocular pressure, patients noticed an increase in the length and thickness of their eyelashes. It has been found that, along with increasing the time of the active hair growth phase, the ingredient in Latisse, bimatoprost, also increases the number of lashes that grow along the upper and lower eyelids. Both areas are affected by applying Latisse as directed along the upper eyelid alone. The product is naturally spread to the lower eyelid when you blink.
The LATISSE solution should be applied during night time. You must remove any makeup, contact lenses, any skincare products, before applying your LATISSE Solution. In order to avoid contamination, a single-use disposable applicator filled with LATISSE solution will be used. coated with only one drop of solution, apply it directly to the base of the upper eyelid, at the lash line. Separate applicators are used for each eye as well.
How is Latisse Solution Different from Other Eyelash Growth Products?
The difference between Latisse and other lash serums that have been developed in recent years is worth noting. Latisse is the only FDA-approved medication used to enhance the appearance of your lashes! Remember, it began as a clinical therapy. As such, it is backed by numerous clinical studies and has been proven not only safe but effective for its intended use. Commercial lash serums, even those that are more costly, are made with non-medical-grade ingredients. Some supposedly work by increasing collagen in the lash area or nourishing the hair follicles. None of these products are held to the same standard as Latisse, and none have the same proven effects.
For Latisse to work properly and safely, you must remove your contact lenses before application. Then wash your face, making sure to remove all makeup. This will encourage the rapid absorption of the product once applied. The way that you apply the drop of Latisse to your applicator is important. You mustn't get the product in your eye. To prevent this, hold the sterile applicator tip horizontally and place one drop of Latisse onto the upper side of the tip (not directly at the tip). Then, run the applicator across the upper eyelid on the skin that meets the eyelashes. The product will spread across the lash line naturally, seeping into the hair follicles. It will then spread to your lower lashes when you blink. If there is any excess solution, dab it away with a clean napkin or cloth.
How Long Does it Take to See Results from Latisse?
Studies indicate that Latisse takes about 60 days to start revealing new lash growth. It begins working immediately but, due to the hair growth cycle, it takes about two months to start seeing a difference. You can expect to see the complete effects of your new and improved lash growth three to four months after you start applying Latisse as directed. Applying more of the product does not accelerate the process, so do not do this.
Are there any Risks from Using Latisse?
Latisse must be used carefully and only as directed. This clinical medication can cause unwanted side effects even with proper use. Fortunately, this occurred in only about 4% of patients who participated in clinical trials. The most common side effects noted include eye redness and itching. However, there is also a risk of darkening of the skin where the product is applied. The eyes could become dry and irritated, and hair may grow in any area that frequently comes into contact with the drug. This is why it is necessary to blot away any excess product that may touch the outer corner of the eye.
It is imperative that you follow the application instructions provided to you to prevent unwanted side effects and contamination that could bring bacteria to the eye area. If you have questions, please give us a call. We're here to help you get the most out of your Latisse use!
If you want full, dark, and longer lasting eyelashes, you are a candidate for LATISSE. You SHOULD NOT undergo the procedure if you have elevated intraocular pressure, irritated skin or eye infections. Our doctors will perform a full medical history checkup in order to determine if you are suitable for treatment.
Any of the side effects associated with LATISSE will end once the treatment ends. Side effects include the following:
- Eye itchiness
- Eye redness
- Eyelid redness
- Eye irritation
- Eye dryness
There is one potentially serious side effect of treatment. According to the manufacturer’s website, LATISSE treatment “may cause increased brown iris pigmentation of the colored part of the eye which is likely to be permanent,” although its occurrence is “very infrequent.”
The results of Latisse are visible after 4 weeks, with full results appearing after 16 weeks. You can track the progress of your results through photographs. Side effects of Latisse are rare but may include itching, redness or dryness in the eye area. You should not use Latisse if you have an active eye infection or broken or irritated skin on the eyelid. Call our office today at 540-722-6200 to find out if Latisse is right for you.
Contact lenses can be put back in 15 minutes after LATISSE treatment.