Are you longing for the long, bristly lashes of your youth? Do you find yourself envying Katy Perry’s eyelashes, even though you know she glues them on? Have you been thinking about false eyelashes or extensions, but are worried about them falling off or, worse yet, potentially damaging your eyes? There is a better way, and it’s called Latisse.
Bimatoprost ophthalmic solution (now known as Latisse) was originally developed to help people suffering from Glaucoma. These patients quickly realized that their new medicine had an amazing side effect: It stimulated the growth of their eyelashes. Or, as one Glaucoma patient reported in the New York Times, “I am pretty happy to have great lashes as a side effect of not going blind.”
Fortunately, you no longer need to be at risk for blindness to get Latisse. Since 2008, this prescription-only medication has been available to help patients fight thinning eyelashes.
Does it really work? According to clinical research, more than fifty percent of patients saw significant improvement after two months of Latisse treatment.
Where can I get it? Treatment with Latisse is only available by prescription and through select clinics like Sea Mist Medspa.
How long will it take to see results? Patients often report improvements to their lashes by the fourth week of use. Maximum results usually occur by week sixteen. Once full effects are achieved, a regular maintenance routine is needed to preserve the look.
How do I apply it? How often? You should discuss the Latisse application process with the health care professional who prescribes it to you. Generally, patients who use Latisse use it daily until they achieve their optimal results; during the maintenance phase, using Latisse 2-3 times per week usually does the trick.
Does it have any risks? In about four percent of patients, Latisse may cause redness and/or itching. Additionally, Latisse may cause a reversible darkening of the eyelids. It is possible that Latisse may cause hair growth to other areas of your skin that come into contact with it. Finally, patients with light-colored eyes should use extra caution during application, as contact with the Latisse solution may, over time, cause brown pigmentation of the iris.
Just for fun: Try Allergan’s new eyelash app to see how your eyes would look with longer, darker, thicker lashes.
In summary: While Latisse may not be right for everyone, it offers amazing results for many patients. To see how it works for the real women who use it, visit the Latisse gallery of real women.