Hypotrichosis means an abnormality of hair growth. Most cases of severe hypotrichosis are caused by a genetic change or a problem during embryonic development. Some cases of hypotrichosis are accompanied by other congenital conditions affecting the mind and body. Other cases simply affect one part of the body. For example, in congenital aplasia, a hairless area on the crown of head may be the only symptom. In congenital atrichia, the entire head and body may be bald. In some cases of hypotrichosis, the eyelashes are affected.
Latisse® (bimatoprost) is a medication that has been marketed as a way to grow thicker, longer eyelashes for those affected by hypotrichosis. Latisse® was originally developed to treat glaucoma, and researchers were startled to observe that it stimulated eyelash growth as a side effect.
Individuals with hypotrichosis that affects the eyelashes have short, fine, or barely present eyelashes. Eyelashes help protect the eyes from debris, and they act as a sensory device to warn against objects that are too close to the eyes. In people, eyelashes also play a cosmetic role, which is why many women enhance the visibility of their eyelashes with makeup. However, women affected by hypotrichosis of the eyelashes usually don’t have sufficient eyelash growth to support mascara application.
What to Expect
Latisse® is a liquid available by prescription only. It is applied to the upper eyelid with a small brush to stimulate eyelash growth. A tiny amount of the solution is gently rubbed on once a day, only to the upper eyelid. Care must be taken not to get the solution in the eyes or on any other part of the face. It takes about 8 weeks for the effects to be noticeable. Eyelashes generally grow longer first, and then begin to thicken. Full results are seen after 16 weeks of regular use.
Latisse®’s most troubling side effect is that it occasionally darkens the color of the eye, an effect most obvious in people with blue or green eyes, who may find their eyes turning permanently brown. It can also cause darkening of the eyelid. If it is accidentally applied to the skin of the face near the eyes, it can stimulate hair growth. Users are encouraged to try to avoid spills and to blot up any drips immediately to avoid this side effect.
The most common side effective is itching and redness of the eyes, affecting around 4 percent of users. Most users experience no side effects and simply enjoy their thick, luscious lashes.
If you suffer from thin or not enough eyelashes, SeaMist MedSpa in South Kingstown can help. We offer Latisse® products to help you get the fuller lashes you desire. Contact SeaMist MedSpa today to schedule your consultation and our team will work with you to find out if Latisse® is right for you.