LATISSE® solution is a growth treatment for hypotrichosis (inadequate or not enough eyelashes). In fact, it’s the only FDA-approved treatment clinically proven to grow lashes.
And it’s the only lash growth product of its kind available by prescription. LATISSE® solution is a once-nightly treatment you apply topically to the base of your upper eyelashes, as instructed by your doctor. Then, gradually, the results come in. You may start to see more length in as little as 4 weeks and you should achieve full growth in 16 weeks. It’s not an illusion of growth. It’s real lash growth.
Who is a good candidate for Latisse?
If your eyelashes have thinned and have less actively growing hair follicles, you’re likely a great candidate for Latisse® from New Look Skin Center and Dr. Etehad. This may be the result of overplucking your eyelashes when you were younger. It can happen due to a reaction to mascara over the years. It can be due to aging. Or you can have less than thrilling eyelashes.
The active ingredient in Latisse®, bimatoprost, stimulates your hair follicles to spend more time in the anagen/growth phase, where they may have been spending more time in transition or resting phase. Neither of those phases grows hair, and eyelashes are no different than any other of the five million or so hairs we have on our bodies.
The only real reason a person cannot have Latisse® (at least not at the present time) is if they have an active eye infection or other issues such as macular degeneration or glaucoma. Pregnant women cannot use Latisse®, as it has not been studied by the FDA in that group.
For women whose eyelash decrease is due to alopecia areata, Latisse® may not be as effective. In most cases of this type of alopecia, however, the hair will eventually grow back on its own at some point in the future.
Is Latisse painful?
When you apply Latisse® to your upper eyelids, these are painless applications. You can think of it as similar to applying eyeliner. The goal is to get the active ingredient, bimatoprost, into the area where the hair follicles are located. That way it can kick those follicles back into the growth phase of the hair cycle.
Potnetial risks and side effects of Lattisse
Latisse® is generally safe and effective. The side effects associated with it are often due to sloppy application. This can create redness in the whites of the eyes. It can make the eyes itchy and red. It can also create dryness with the person’s eyes.
In very rare instances, Latisse® can darken the eyelids if it is applied away from the eyelashes.
Allergan is the manufacturer of Latisse®, and it is the company that provides Botox and many other popular, trusted aesthetic treatments.
Is Latisse easy to use?
Latisse® is very easy to use. It only takes a few minutes every night just before bed to apply Latisse®. You simply apply it to your upper eyelashes using the sterile applicators that are included with a prescription of Latisse®.
Is there any preparation before my Latisse applications?
Latisse® works best when it is applied to clean, dry skin. You’ll want to remove all of your eye makeup and take out your contact lenses (if you wear them) before applying Latisse®. It’s a good thing to do as part of your nightly routine before going to bed.
Is there any recovery after applying Latisse?
No. These are simple topical applications. There isn’t any pain or any recovery involved.
Latisse® has been approved by the FDA for growing longer, thicker eyelashes. It has been proven through clinical trials. When applying for FDA approval, Allergan provided testing that showed Latisse® to be effective in 78% of the participants at the conclusion of the 16-week test period. Specifically, patients using Latisse® experienced a:
- 25% increase in lash length
- 106% increase in lash thickness/fullness
- 18% increase in lash darkness
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How long does a Latisse treatment program last?
Latisse® works gradually, keeping the follicles that hold your eyelashes in the growth phase of the hair lifecycle. You need to be diligent about these applications, applying Latisse® with the applicator nightly. Most patients experience real growth in their eyelashes over a period of 12 to 16 weeks. At that point, you can cut your Latisse® applications to every other night, and that will keep your eyelashes from becoming dormant. But you will need to keep applying Latisse® to keep your eyelashes growing and thick.
What can happen if you stop using Latisse
If you decide to completely stop applying Latisse® to your eyelashes, they will gradually return to their former state. They’ll lose the extra thickness, length, and color provided by the medication. This can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months or more for this to occur.
Can Latisse treat eyelash hypotrichosis?
People confuse hypotrichosis with alopecia, but the two conditions are quite different. Hypotrichosis describes areas of the body that never experience hair growth; alopecia describes areas that experience hair loss.
In the eyelashes, hypotrichosis means the patient has an inadequate number of eyelashes. Eyelashes that are there tend to grow slowly, are brittle, and are thin.
Latisse® does help with hypotrichosis by encouraging dormant hair follicles to return to hair growth. It also helps follicles transitioning to dormancy to remain active.