Alternative to Lash Extensions: How Latisse Works

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Latisse is a medication that is used to help eyelashes grow. It is a cosmetic solution that requires a physician’s prescription. The cosmetic medication is meant to help people who have conditions that cause thinning or a loss of the eyelashes. Latisse is not the ideal medication for everyone, but it has been shown to be effective in helping many people who have employed its use. Like any medication, it is not without certain side effects. You may be wondering if Latisse is right for you instead of lash extensions. It is important to understand what Latisse is and what growth serums do you for. Let’s find out how it works!

What is Latisse?

Latisse is an eyelash treatment and a topical medication that is applied directly to your eyelashes or eyebrows. It is helpful in the stimulation of hair growth that leads to the development of fuller, longer lashes or thicker eyebrows, based on the point of application and the desired effect. 
Latisse was originally developed as a glaucoma medication in the form of an eye drop called bimatoprost (brand name Lumigan, manufactured by Allergan, Inc.) and approved by the FDA in 2001. However, the uncovering of its potential, which was a side effect of the drug, to cause the growth of longer, lush eyelashes, evident in the participants of the initial studies, propelled the acquisition and remarketing of the product as a beauty solution. Since 2010, Latisse has been used as eyelash boosting beauty product, approved by the FDA for the treatment of hypotrichosis of the upper eyelashes (lack of eyelashes), and while it is eyebrow application is not FDA approved, its eyebrow amplification cannot go unnoticed. Like lash extensions, Latisse accentuates your eyes but uses your natural lashes to do so.

How Does Latisse Work?

Bimatoprost, the prostaglandin analog, is the active ingredient in Latisse. Latisse appears to affect the growth phase of the eyelash hair cycle by increasing the length of this phase, and increasing the number of hairs in this growth phase. The hair growth produces eyelashes that are thicker, longer and darker. This counters the natural reaction of declining hair follicles that causes eyelash growth to slow or stop completely. 
Daily application of Latisse to the upper eyelid by dabbing it on the upper lash line with sterile applicators supplied should be carefully performed. It should not be applied to the lower lid, since it could cause damage to the eye itself. The drug transfers to the lower lash line automatically, and patients should notice a gradual increase in the appearance of  eyelashes. It typically takes at least two months of consistent application of the product by patients before any sign of solid results. When the application has declined, your lashes will gradually return to their original state. Beginning at week seven of application, patients should begin to notice added length to their lashes, and by week 14, a more definite improvement in both length and thickness should manifest. 
The prescribing physician should monitor your treatment plan once treatments begin to know if you are responding favorably to the medication. Following the protocol is crucial not only for achieving the desired results, but for safety reasons as well. Latisse can help you to get the beautiful and bold summer lashes that you’ve always wanted.

Possible Latisse Side Effects

While Latisse is safe for most people based on clinical studies, some of the possible side effects of the drug include:

  • Itching sensation in the eyes 
  • Eye redness
  • Skin darkening
  • Eye irritation
  • Dryness of the eyes 
  • Redness of the eyelids

Get Your Latisse Prescription Today

Latisse may be just what you need to finally throw out questionable fake lash extensions and grow your own gorgeous lashes. The dual approach of Latisse to lengthen and thicken the lashes as they grow is an effective cosmetic solution. Long, thick lashes and full brows are in with Latisse.
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