Been stunned by the Latisse before and afters we’ve posted on Instagram? You’re not alone. Latisse is on the rise – and it’s an exciting new offering at our practice. If you’re unfamiliar with this easy-apply, long-term eyelash growth serum, we’d love to tell you more. As you can see in this photo, Latisse has offers incredible transformations that make mascara a thing of the past.
If you’re looking for a comfortable, low-commitment way to lengthen your lashes, read on for a quick Latisse 101 guide. And get in touch to request your own treatment!
Latisse: A Brief History
Latisse actually started out as a glaucoma drug. The drug was approved by the FDA in 2001 and was exclusively used to treat glaucoma. Over time, eye doctors and patients noticed that their eyelashes grew thicker and longer – and they were excited by the results!
The drug was tweaked and approved as Latisse by the FDA in December 2008. Ever since, those of us seeking lovely lashes without layers of mascara have been thrilled by the possibilities.
How Does Latisse Make Eyelashes More Noticeable?
Eyelashes follow a cycle similar to the hair on your head. Lashes sprout, growth for some time, and ultimately fall out. Latisse works with this cycle to extend the desirable growth period. By contributing to eyelash growth, Latisse makes eyelashes longer, thicker, and darker. Full results typically appear about 12-16 weeks of daily application.
How Do I Apply Latisse?
First, make sure your eyes are free of makeup and that your contact lenses are out (if you wear contacts, that is). Then, dab Latisse on the upper lash line, using the sterile applicators that come with the product. The drug will automatically transfer to your lower lash line each time you blink – don’t apply it directly to the lower lid. These steps should be repeated nightly for the recommended period of time. Most patients see results within 2 months of nightly application. After 3-4 months, your provider may recommend that you apply every 2 days.
After 16 weeks, patients typically see a 25% increase in eyelash length, 106% increase in thickness and fullness, and 18% increase in darkness.
Is Latisse Safe for My Eyes?
Extensive clinical studies were performed before Latisse received FDA approval. The drug is safe for most individuals, but if you have certain eye problems, allergies, or conditions, you may not be a candidate. Tell your Latisse provider if you have any of the following:
Uveitis or conjunctivitis
Risk for macular edema
Upper eyelid infections
If you are pregnant or nursing
If you are taking medications that lower intraocular pressure
The most common side effects are eye redness and itchiness, but both were only experienced by 3.6% of study participants.
Why Should I Try Latisse?
If your lashes are light in color, patchy or sparse, or short, you likely take daily steps to make them more dramatic. Eyelashes beautifully frame our eyes and make them more noticeable, and are a crucial part of our appearance. If you’re tired of laying on the mascara, undergoing routine eyelash extensions, or trying home eyelash growth products that just don’t work, you owe it to yourself to learn more. Just reach out for more information!