Latisse™: A revolutionary treatment for eyelashes
Last year an exciting new treatment for eyelashes became available. Latisse™ is a prescription strength medication that was approved by the FDA in 2009.
The treatment has been shown to be a safe and remarkably effective way to grow longer, darker and thicker eyelashes.
Latisse™ is quite easy to use. Each night patients merely need to remove makeup and contact lenses, wash their face, and apply the medication. The application consists of placing a single drop of Latisse™ near the tip of the disposable applicator brush, and then immediately applying the medication to the skin of the upper eyelid near the base of the eyelash. The medication does not need to be separately applied to the lower eyelids.
Although gradual changes can be seen within the first few weeks of starting Latisse™, the majority of patients should see significant improvement within 8 weeks.
Side effects tend to be rare and mild in nature. The two most common are itching and redness of the eye. Other possible complications include darkening of the upper eyelid skin where most women apply eyeliner and darkening of the colored part of the eye. Patients who stop using Latisse™ can expect their eyelashes to return to their normal appearance within a few months.
Patients with a history of an allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in Latisse™, should not use the medication. Also, patient’s with a history of glaucoma or who have risk factors for this condition should consult with their ophthalmologist before starting Latisse™.