You’ve always been disappointed with your thin, short lashes. Mascara just doesn’t do much, and applying false lashes every day is very inconvenient, not to mention that they can sometimes cause your own lashes to fall out. Lash extensions applied at the salon come with their own set of inconveniences, including the possibility of severe allergic reactions, the need for a touch-up appointment every three weeks, and the fact that they can only improve on your own lashes so much. Today, however, there is another option: Latisse®.
Latisse® was first developed as a treatment for glaucoma. During clinical studies, the scientists noticed an interesting side effect, namely that it made the trial participant’s eyelashes grow long and thick. Today, it has been FDA-approved as a treatment for thin, short lashes. It is available by prescription only and should be used under a doctor’s supervision.
How to Use
Latisse® is a liquid supplied with sterile applicators. Each evening, before retiring, a new applicator is used to carefully apply one drop of the liquid to the base of the eyelashes along the upper eyelid only. If any liquid drips onto another part of the skin, it should be washed off immediately because it can cause darkening of the skin and also induce hair growth. The applicator should be discarded after use.
Contact lens wearers should remove their lenses during application and should wait at least 15 minutes after application before re-inserting them. Applying additional doses or extra amounts of Latisse® will not increase eyelash growth beyond that induced by one drop per day.
What to Expect
Latisse® induces growth of new, thicker, longer, darker eyelashes. It takes time for the new growth to become noticeable. However, more than 85% of users will notice a dramatic change in their eyelashes three to four months after beginning use of Latisse®. After discontinuing Latisse®, the eyelashes will gradually return to their pre-treatment state.
When used correctly, Latisse® is very safe. Occasionally it has caused eye irritation and reddening. It may cause darkening of the eyelids. However, individuals with eye diseases, particularly those that are using medications to treat glaucoma, should discuss their condition with the doctor before using Latisse®.
Contact Steele Creek Dermatology today to schedule your consultation.