Latisse®™ is the first and only FDA approved treatment for growing fuller, longer, and darker eyelashes. Latisse® solution is a prescription treatment for hypotrichosis used to grow eyelashes, making them longer, thicker, and darker. Eyelash hypotrichosis is another name for having inadequate or not enough eyelashes.
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How Does Latisse® Work?
Latisse® makes eyelash growth possible because it contains an active ingredient called bimatoprost, a prostaglandin, which prolongs the anagen or growth cycle of eyelashes. By extending the hair growth cycle, lashes grow longer, more lashes remain present and the result is a fuller eyelash that is natural, not coated with sticky mascara or glue from false lashes. It is not fully understood exactly how Latisse® lengthens and improves eyelashes, but it has been theorized that it may increase the length of time that your eyelashes are in a growth phase and boost the number of hairs grown during this period.
How Do I Use Latisse®?
Latisse® is a once daily application that comes in both 3ml and 5ml sizes. It is applied with sterile applicators; 60 of which are included with the product. These are the only appropriate applicators to use with Latisse® and it is important that you do not re-use applicators. You should apply Latisse® at night after taking out your eye contacts, removing your eye makeup, and after cleaning your face. The solution is applied only to the upper lash line and excess solution is blotted. Don’t worry about the lower eyelid line, as Latisse® will spread to your lower eyelid when you blink. Because the active ingredient in Latisse® affects all hair, it is important to wipe away any solution that drips beyond the lash line to prevent unwanted hair growth. After your lashes have grown for three to four months, you could maintain them by using the drug every other day but this should be discussed with your doctor. You can also use mascara in addition to Latisse® solution.
In clinical trials, the majority of Latisse® users saw a significant improvement within two months. Latisse® solution has however shown lash improvements after a full growth cycle, usually beginning around four weeks. User studies showed a 106% increase in lash fullness, a 25% increase in length, and an 18% increase in darkness.
If you miss a dose of Latisse®, don’t try to “catch up.” Instead, apply Latisse® the next evening. If you make applying Latisse® a part of your nightly routine while brushing your teeth and removing your makeup, you are less likely to forget an application. It is very important that you use Latisse® only once a day. Using this product more than once a day will not increase the growth of your eyelashes.
If you stop using Latisse®, your eyelashes will return to their previous appearance in approximately one month. Ongoing use of Latisse® solution is the only way to maintain full results. Although some patients say they can skip a dose and still see satisfactory results, official product use instructions call for every day applications.
What Are the Side Effects of Latisse®?
Latisse® side effects may include a transient darkening of the skin around the eyelids and/or brown pigmentation of the colored part of the eye, which may be permanent. In addition, it is possible that it may promote hair growth in other skin areas on which it is applied. To avoid this, the manufacturer suggests blotting it off any skin other than the upper eyelids’ lash line. Other side effects may include red and itchy eyes and skin hyperpigmentation.
Who Is a Candidate for Latisse®?
If you are unhappy with the length, thickness, or color of your eyelashes, Latisse®-enhanced lashes may be for you. If you spend hours placing false eyelashes on your lids, Latisse® would definitely be a timesaving option. Latisse® may also help augment other facial procedures if you have had eyelid surgery or injectables. Latisse® is currently being studied to see if it can play a role in helping cancer patients who have lost their eyelashes. If you are taking antibiotics and heart medications or if you have certain diseases or allergies, you may not be a candidate. Pregnant women and people with skin infections of the eyelids should not use Latisse®. All of your concerns should be discussed with our trained professionals at Comprehensive Dermatology Center of Pasadena before choosing Latisse®.
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