Latisse is a non-invasive and non-surgical treatment. It is a prescription medication used to stimulate the growth of a client’s eyelashes. This treatment can make eyelashes appear twice as thick and full within 16 weeks. It is offered at New England Center for Hair Restoration to help you do away with mascara and eyelash extensions.
What Is Latisse?
This treatment is actually a variation of a drug called bimatoprost that is used to treat glaucoma. Bimatoprost was made by the company Allergan that sold it under the brand name Lumigan. The FDA approved bimatoprost as a glaucoma treatment back in 2001.
Over the years, both doctors and patients noted that bimatoprost had an interesting side effect: It made patients’ eyelashes grow longer and thicker. In 2008, the FDA approved Latisse for use as a treatment to make eyelashes grow. Latisse makes the growth phase of the eyelashes last longer, so the eyelashes grow longer.
How Is it Used?
Latisse comes with a set of sterile applicators that resemble miniature paint brushes. Every night, the patient will use an applicator to dab the treatment on the upper lash line. As the patient blinks, the serum will work its way to the lower lashes. The patient should never use an applicator more than once, for that can increase the chances of an eye infection or allergic reaction. They should throw it out after using it on a single eye.
Many people start to see results after about two months. After three or four months, the patient’s eyelashes will be notably fuller, thicker, and darker. In many cases, the doctor will recommend that the patient start to use Latisse only once every two nights. If the patient stops using the treatment altogether, their eyelashes will gradually revert to their original sparse state.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
The ideal candidate is someone in overall good health with realistic expectations. Clients who are allergic to any of the ingredients in the serum should not use it. Clients with eye infections or certain eye diseases are not good candidates. People with skin infections, rashes, and similar conditions affecting the upper eyelids are not good candidates.
People who are already taking medications for conditions like glaucoma to reduce the pressure within their eyes should talk to one of our trained professionals before starting treatment. Our doctor will need to closely monitor any changes in intraocular pressure.
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