Long, full eyelashes open the eyes and brighten the features, making the face look youthful and refreshed. Unfortunately, the thickness and density of the upper lashes can change over the years, decreasing dramatically. Hormones, illness, genetics, and the aging process all have an effect on lash growth and quality. Up until recently, there has been little option for anyone suffering with dwindling lashes. Today, however, a simple at-home treatment is available to dramatically lengthen and thicken the lashes in as little as one month, Latisse.
Latisse for Thinning Lashes
Latisse is a prescription treatment designed to increase the length and fullness of the upper lashes. The only medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat Hypotrichosis, or thinning lashes, Latisse is made using bimatoprost. As the active ingredient found in many glaucoma medications, the benefits of bimatoprost were first discovered by researchers studying treatments for Ocular Hypertension. While the exact mechanism of Latisse is largely unknown, the treatment will gradually increase the number of hair follicles in the active growth stage. Therefore, over time, the lashes naturally become fuller and longer. The at-home medication can bring a dramatic change in the lashes in just one month, with few side-effects, and the results are easily maintained as long as treatment continues.
The Ideal Candidate for Latisse
Latisse is safe for almost anyone frustrated with thin or sparse lashes, including men and women of all ethnicities and skin types. The ideal candidate will be in overall good health and fully understand the treatment process. Patients should be aware that the results from Latisse will diminish once treatment ends. Those with an active infection, or women who are pregnant, may be encouraged to postpone treatment. Additionally, anyone who has a history of hypersensitivity to bimatoprost should not use Latisse.
Latisse was first approved by the FDA in 2008. Since that time, millions of men and women have safely used Latisse to provide a temporary improvement for thinning, short, or diminishing lashes. No other product is available today that can provide the unique benefits of Latisse.
- Provide a dramatic improvement for hypotrichosis
- Extend lash length by 25%
- Improve lash fullness by up to 100%
- Increase the darkness of lashes by 18%
- Show an improvement in lash density in only four weeks, with full benefits apparent in 16 weeks
Treatment with Latisse
Patients looking to get started towards thicker, fuller lashes should schedule a Latisse consultation with Dr. Lamb. After reviewing the medical history, and performing a brief examination, Dr. Lamb will determine good candidates for treatment and write a prescription for Latisse. The thick gel formula is then applied to the upper lash line at home nightly, using a sterile, single-use applicator. Latisse should be placed along the base of the upper lashes; each application takes only minutes, causes no discomfort, and requires no downtime. Patients should not put in their contacts for at least 15 minutes after Latisse has been applied. After this time, normal makeup and skincare products can be used.
The results from Latisse are not immediate. As the hair growth cycle evolves, lashes will become thicker and grow longer. Most patients can begin to see noticeable results in only four weeks. These benefits will continue to improve over the following three to four months, at which time the maximum results from Latisse can be seen. Once patients stop using Latisse, their eyelashes will return to the previous condition.
Approved by the FDA, Latisse is a safe and dependable way to improve the appearance of lashes with little chance for complications. Side-effects from are generally mild and may include itchy, dry, or red eyes. Some patients may notice an increase of brown pigment in the eye, as well as new hair growth in the surrounding areas that come into contact with Latisse. Dr. Lamb will carefully review all of the risks and potential complications of Latisse during the consultation appointment.
Latisse from Healthy Looks Skincare and Laser Spa
To get additional information on Latisse, or to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Lamb, contact Healthy Looks Skincare & Laser Spa at (816) 795-5262. Our experienced staff is available to answer your questions and provide more details on any of the noninvasive and surgical techniques we provide. For those coming to our Kansas City office from out of the immediate area, driving directions and assistance with local dining or accommodation reservations is also available. Speak with a patient coordinator for more information.
What is Latisse?
Latisse is the one and only Food and Drug Administration approved treatment to safe and effectively improve Hypotrichosis, or too few lashes.
Am I a good candidate for Latisse?
Latisse is safe for almost anyone looking to improve thinning, short, or fine eyelashes. An ideal Latisse candidate will be in good health, committed to the treatment process, and hold reasonable expectations for their final results. The treatment is not recommended for those with a sensitivity to bimatoprost, the active ingredient in Latisse.
How long does it take to apply Latisse?
Latisse is applied at home once a day, and each treatment takes just a few minutes. There is no downtime after a Latisse application, although patients should wait 15 minutes before putting in contact lenses. Makeup can be worn as normal.
When will I see results from Latisse?
Many patients can start to see benefits from daily Latisse applications in only one month. However, it can take up to four months for the full results from Latisse to become apparent. It is important to remember that the benefits of Latisse will diminish if treatment is stopped.
What are the potential risks or complications from Latisse?
Latisse is a safe, FDA-approved treatment for Hypotrichosis. Side-effects are generally mild, but can include red, itchy, or dry eyes, as well as increased brown pigmentation. During your Latisse consultation with Dr. Lamb, the potential side-effects and risks of treatment will be discussed in full.