Have you ever wished you had fuller or longer eyelashes? If you have short, thin, or insufficient lashes, you may be able to improve their appearance with Latisse. Latisse is an FDA-approved treatment that stimulates the growth of fuller, darker, longer eyelashes. This treatment is generally ideal for those who have thin, light-colored, and short eyelashes, but can be used by anyone who wishes to improve the appearance of their lashes.
Latisse is commonly available from doctors, aestheticians, and clinics that offer medical spa services. Here are Frequently Asked Questions about this treatment that can help you help you decide if it is right for you.
How does Latisse work?
The active ingredient in Latisse is bimatoprost — a substance also used in glaucoma medications to reduce pressure and fluid inside the eyeball. It was developed when glaucoma patients noticed their medications were lending to the growth of longer, thicker lashes. Scientists and doctors are unsure exactly how Latisse works, but suspect that the substance increases the growth cycle phase of the eyelash hair cycle.
How is Latisse used?
Latisse is a liquid solution that is applied to the upper lash line using an applicator brush. Each Latisse kit comes with detailed instructions on how to use and apply the product. Generally, patients are advised to remove makeup and clean the upper eyelids, and apply Latisse to the base of the upper eyelashes every evening before going to sleep.
Why is Latisse only available by prescription?
Latisse can only be prescribed by doctors and medical professionals, and is not available for sale over the counter. Latisse is available by prescription only to reduce the risk for side effects should the medication be misused. For instance, Latisse can lead to unwanted hair growth when applied to areas other than the base of the upper lashline.
What are common side effects of using Latisse?
Roughly four percent of patients who use Latisse report side effects including an itching sensation in the eyes and eye redness. Other less common side effects usually occur on the skin in areas near where Latisse is applied. These less common side effects include eye irritation, eye dryness, redness of the eyelids, and darkening of the skin.
How quickly will I see results?
Latisse should be applied to the upper lash line daily for 16 weeks in order to see full results. Many Latisse patients report seeing longer, thicker, darker lashes after about one month of using the treatment.
What happens if I stop using Latisse?
Latisse can be used for as long as you want to maintain fuller, longer lashes. When you quit using Latisse, your eyelashes will gradually return to their original appearance over the course of several weeks or months.
Can I use Latisse if I wear contact lenses?
Yes, Latisse is safe for those who wear contacts, but contacts must be removed before applying Latisse. Remove your contacts, and apply Latisse as directed. Then, wait at least 15 minutes before putting your contacts back in.
Is there anyone who should not use Latisse?
Latisse should not be used by those allergic to bimatoprost or any other ingredient in this product. Individuals with eye diseases or who are at risk for eye disorders should undergo an examination with their eye doctors before using Latisse to lower the risk for worsened eye problems.
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