What Does it Take to Get Longer, Fuller Lashes?
Toss out your false eyelashes (and the trimming, gluing and tricky positioning that goes along with putting them on). Now you can actually grow your own thick, lush lashes with a prescription medication called Latisse.
You may have seen advertisements featuring Brooke Shields or Claire Danes sharing their experiences with Latisse but you don’t have to be a celebrity to achieve “magazine cover” lashes. The FDA approved Latisse in 2008, and their clinical studies have shown it to be safe for most patients.
Some might view the discovery of Latisse as a beautiful accident. The medication is a version of a glaucoma eye drop drug called bimatoprost. Patients who were using bimatoprost realized that hair growth, including eyelash growth, was occurring gradually as they used the medication. From this side effect, Latisse was born.
Unlike bimatoprost that is used directly in the eye, Latisse is applied only to the upper lash line. The medication spreads to the lower lashes naturally with each blink. You must use a new, clean applicator each time you apply Latisse to avoid infection.
You must use Latisse every night for at least 2-4 months to see initial results. You may be able to lessen the application to once every two days after the desired lash length/thickness is achieved; however, discontinuation of Latisse will result in your lashes returning to normal.
Latisse Side Effects
You must be very careful to apply the medication only to the lashes so it doesn’t result in unwanted hair growth in other areas. Other possible side effects can include:
- Eye color change
- Dry eyes
- Darkening of eyelid skin
- Eye infections
- Allergic reactions
- Interference with intraocular pressure medications
Not everyone is a good candidate for Latisse. If you would like to know if your eyelashes could be improved with Latisse, contact Dr. Serota at Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center today to schedule a Cosmetic Consultation. Call today at 303-367-9000 or visit serotamd.com.
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