By Gordon Wong, OD on May 07, 2012
Latisse® is a prescription treatment that promotes the growth of eyelashes, making them fuller, longer, and darker over time. Studies show that as we age, the eyelashes become thinner, lighter in color, and shorter. If you have noticed that your eyelashes are not as dark as they were when you were younger, that your eyelashes are shorter, and that your eyelashes are thinner, Latisse® may be the ideal solution. Latisse® is the only FDA-approved prescription treatment for hypotrichosis, which simply means inadequate or not enough eyelashes. Through production of new eyelash growth, our San Diego Latisse® patients can successfully restore fullness to their thinning eyelashes.
Is Latisse® Right For Me?
Have you noticed that your eyelashes are lighter in color? Have you noticed that your eyelashes have become shorter? Have you noticed that your eyelashes are not as full as they once were? If you answered yes to any of these questions, chances are you are a good candidate for Latisse® treatment. If you have certain medical or eye conditions, or are taking certain medications, you should be closely monitored while using Latisse®. To determine whether Latisse® is right for you, please contact one of our San Diego optometrists today.
How Does Latisse® Work?
At our LASIK San Diego eye practice, we are pleased to offer Latisse® to patients desiring fuller, darker, longer lashes. The active ingredient in Latisse® is bimatoprost; through this active ingredient, Latisse® promotes the growth of new eyelashes. Latisse® increases the length of the eyelash growth phase and increases the amount of eyelashes produced during the growth phase.
Latisse®: Side Effects
The most common side effect of Latisse® is itching of the eyes. Another common side effect is redness in the eyes. Very rarely the areas of the eyelid where the Latisse® solution has been applied will become darker in color. This skin discoloration usually fades weeks to months after stopping Latisse® treatment. Rarely, Latisse® treatment may permanently change the colored part of the eye by increasing brown iris pigmentation. Fortunately, this is a very rare side effect. Another side effect of Latisse® is dry eye.
How Do I Use Latisse®?
Latisse® is applied once a day, every day. For best results, you should make it a normal part of your nightly routine. After you have removed all make-up, removed your contact lenses, and cleaned your eyelids, you may apply Latisse®. Latisse® is packaged with sterile applicators. After you have placed one drop of Latisse® onto the single-use applicator brush, apply the solution to the base of the upper eyelid lash margin. It is important to apply Latisse® only to this precise area because excess hair growth outside of the treatment area can occur. The process is repeated using a new sterile applicator. After this process is complete, carefully remove any excess fluid with a tissue. To avoid contamination, do not allow the tip of the Latisse® bottle or the opened applicators to touch any outside surfaces or fingers. Infections can occur if the eyes are exposed to bacteria.
For optimal results, Latisse® must be applied every single day for sixteen weeks. The vast majority of our San Diego Latisse® patients experience a doubling of their lash fullness after sixteen weeks of treatment. The results of Latisse® occur gradually over time. Many patients see an improvement in lash growth after a month. The lashes continue to grow and become darker and fuller as the treatment continues, with full results seen at sixteen weeks.
- Week four: Lashes may become longer.
- Week eight: Lashes are darker and fuller.
- Week twelve: Lashes are longer, darker, and fuller.
- Week sixteen: The lashes have doubled in fullness and become much darker and longer.
Contact GW Eye Associates Inc Today
To learn about the dramatic results possible with Latisse®, please contact GW Eye Associates Inc today.
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