Have you always dreamed of having great eyelashes that accentuate your pretty eyes? Are you tired of using false eyelashes and sticky lash-lengthening mascara? Long, luxurious eyelashes are one of the most desired features for women everywhere, but Nature does not always come through for us. While investigating a glaucoma drug in clinical trials, scientists discovered an unusual side effect: the participants grew long and lush eyelashes. After 16 weeks, 78% of the study volunteers’ lashes were 25% longer, 106% fuller and 18% darker.
In December of 2008, the FDA voted to approve the use of Latisse® for the cosmetic use of darkening and lengthening eyelashes. Latisse® is the first and only FDA-approved treatment that actually reverses the natural eyelash reduction process and within 12 – 16 weeks, grows your eyelashes longer and thicker than ever before. However, stopping the use of Latisse® will cause your lashes to return to their original condition. Once your desired results are achieved, you may reduce your daily treatment to several times a week and always maintain the look of naturally lovely eyelashes.
A: Latisse® is a prostaglandin analog that specifically is a 0.03% solution of bimatoprost that has been shown to increase eyelash length and darkness. It also contains benzalkonium chloride (preservative), sodium chloride, sodium phosphate dibasic, citric acid, and purified water. It is only used once daily.
A: Although the exact way Latisse® works is unknown, it is thought to affect the growth phase of the eyelashes by causing the phase to last longer and increasing the number of hairs grown during that time.
Latisse® must be applied on the skin of the upper eyelid margins at the base of the eyelashes. It may cause darkening of the eyelid skin.
Make sure that your eyelids are clean before beginning application. Drop one drop of Latisse® onto the disposable applicator brush, but not on the edges of the bristles. Then apply Latisse® to the base of the upper eyelashes. You need not apply them to the lower lid. Blot up any excess, avoiding contact with any other skin areas. With a new applicator brush, repeat the process to your other eye.
If you miss an application, just start back on your usual schedule. Don’t try to apply it twice in a day because you missed an application the day prior.
Latisse® does not replace mascara. It’s a medical treatment for a condition called hypotrichosis, or inadequate lashes. Using mascara on your new eyelashes will enhance their appearance after using Latisse®.
Dr. Fedonenko is a member of the American College of Physicians and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine.
She completed her Residency at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1998 and since then has specialized in Cosmetic Dermatology.
She obtained additional training in aesthetic medicine procedures soon thereafter, and the results of her extensive training and experience show in each and every patient’s face. She’s a doctor that can truly been trusted with your skin care and anti-aging needs.