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How Latisse® helps with thin eyelashes


Disclaimer: The information in this article is not meant as specific individual medical advice. Please consult your dermatologist or other medical professional about your skin or medical condition.


What is Latisse®?

Latisse® is an FDA-approved treatment to grow eyelashes for people with thin eyelashes (hypotrichosis).

Its active ingredient is bimatoprost, which increases the length, thickness and darkness of eyelashes.

Hairs cycle between growth phase and resting phase. Bimatoprost is thought to work by increasing the percentage of eyelashes in the growing phase, as well as the overall duration of the growing phase.

Who can used Latisse®?

Latisse® is an FDA-approved treatment mainly for adults with thin eyelashes. IT has also been tested in a small group of adolescents aged 15 to 17 years.

People with pre-existing eye conditions such as glaucoma, uveitis, and other eye conditions, or using other eye treatments should first consult with their ophthalmologist before using Latisse®.

How is Latisse® used?

First, ensure that the face is clean, eyelid makeup and contact lenses have been removed.

Place a drop of Latisse® on the sterile applicator provided. Then apply it evenly along the skin of the upper eyelid margin, at the base of the eyelashes.

Latisse® is meant to be applied once nightly directly to the skin of the upper eyelid margin at the base of the eyelashes.

Blot any excess solution beyond the eyelid margin to prevent unwanted hair growth beyond the eyelashes.

Dispose of the the applicator after a single use.

According to the manufacturer, it is ok if the Latisse solution gets into the eye, as it Is not known to cause direct harm. The eye does not need to be rinsed.

When can I expect to see results from Latisse®?

The effect of Latisse® on eyelash thickness and length increases gradual. It usually takes about 2 months for effects to become noticeable.

The effects of Latisse® is not permanent. When the treatment is discontinued, it can be expected for the eyelashes to gradually return to its pre-treatment level.

What are the potential side effects of using Latisse®?

Latisse® can cause brown darkening of the iris (colored part) of the eye, which is likely to be permanent. The brown discoloration usually starts around the pupil and spreads to the outer parts of the iris.

It may also cause eyelid skin darkening which may be reversible. It is recommended that Latisse® is only appled at the base of upper eyelashes. Do not apply it to lower eyelid.

Latisse® may also cause itching or redness of the eyes.

Latisse® contains a preservative, benzalkonium chloride which can cause discoloration of soft contact lenses. That’s why it is important to remove contact lenses before applying Latisse®≥

In addition, Latisse® may interact with other eye solutions used to treat glaucoma. If you have a known eye condition, such as glaucoma or uveitis, it is important to consult with your ophthalmologist before using Latisse.

Where can I get Latisse®?

Latisse® is currently a prescription treatment, and is only available through your dermatologist or other medical professional.

I hope the information provided in this article has been helpful in educating you about Latisse® and how it can be used to treat thin eyelashes.


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