Latisse is a prescription topical solution approved by the FDA to grow thick, long, luxurious, and completely natural eyelashes.
Many women who suffer from inadequate natural eyelash growth resort to applying false eyelashes. Although this option quickly corrects the problem, there are many side effects of applying false eyelashes. Many people experience irritation and even severe allergic reactions to the lashes and the adhesives. The other big problem is that false eyelashes do not function normally.
Normal eyelashes play a significant role in eye hygiene, helping to protect the eyes from dust, particles, and infection. Once false eyelashes have been applied, the eyelashes can no longer function properly to protect the eyes. Eyelids can swell up, the eyes can become red and itchy, infections can set in, and in severe cases the cornea of the eye can become damaged, causing visual impairment. The final problem with false eyelashes is that they damage the natural eyelashes – they can cause them to fall out and to stop growing entirely.
The eyelash-growing effect of Latisse was discovered by accident. The treatment was originally developed to treat glaucoma, and its other effects were observed during clinical trials. It is still used to treat glaucoma. When used to treat inadequate eyelash growth, it is applied each evening to the upper eyelid. It should not be applied to the lower eyelid, and it is important to not expose any of the skin around the eye area to the solution.
Clinical studies demonstrate that only 4 percent of Latisse users experience itching and irritation at the site of application and others experience reddening of the eyes. Some users experience darkening of the skin of the eyelid; this effect is reversible and goes away after discontinuing use of Latisse. In very rare cases, the iris of the eye can become darker after extended use of Latisse, and this effect appears to be permanent. It is most noticeable in Latisse users with blue or green eyes, who may experience a permanent browning of the eye color.
If the Latisse solution is dripped or spilled onto the skin it can stimulate the temporary growth of hair in the area. Some users take advantage of this side-effect and apply Latisse to stimulate the growth of eyebrows.
Duration of Treatment
It takes time to stimulate growth. Most users do not notice an improvement in eyelash growth for around four weeks, at which time a lengthening of the eyelashes becomes apparent. By around eight weeks, thickening of the eyelashes starts to become obvious. The full results of the treatment are not apparent until around 16 weeks after beginning treatment. At that time, dramatic changes in eyelash length, thickness, and lushness become apparent. If regular Latisse use is discontinued, the eyelashes will gradually revert to their pre-treatment appearance.
Schedule Your Consultation
Latisse is not available over-the-counter, but at Facial Aesthetic Concepts we offer this treatment to our patients. If you are interested in stimulating the growth of your eyelashes, contact Facial Aesthetic Concepts today to schedule your consultation. Our medical team will work with you to create a treatment plan that’s right for you.