Longer, fuller, darker lashes can be achieved through the FDA-approved prescription medicine, Latisse. Through clinical study and research, it has proved to be effective in treating a majority of patients who suffer from thinning lashes, a condition called hypotrichosis, which is characterized by not enough lashes. Latisse is a topical drug that is applied daily directly onto the eyelid to stimulate the growth of lashes. Patients can expect to see full results in about 4 months. Latisse is available at the Dermatology and Skin Cancer Surgery Center's many North Texas offices by a prescription from Dr. Matthew Barrows and his team of dermatologists and medical practitioners. The highly-trained staff at our McKinney, Allen, Rockwall, and other Dallas area offices will consult with each patient to identify their specific needs and determine if Latisse is the right option.
How Latisse Works
Latisse is classified as a bimatoprost eye solution which is similar to a prostaglandin, a natural chemical found in the body. Prostaglandin is responsible for things such as controlling cell growth and regulating hormones. Doctors aren’t entirely sure how Latisse works or why it’s so effective, but some believe it has to do with the growth cycle of eyelashes. Just like hair found on the head, eyelashes go through stages of rest and growth. Doctors have observed that Latisse is responsible for keeping lashes in the growth stage for longer and for helping to transition lashes from the inactive to active growth phase. If a patient stops using Latisse, lashes will gradually return to normal.
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What to Expect
Though Latisse is easy to apply, a patient must follow all instructions carefully. A patient must wash hands and face prior to application. The face should be makeup-free and contacts should be removed. Contacts can be put back in 15 minutes after application. Latisse should be applied evenly across the upper eyelid. Provided applicators should be thrown away after each use to keep the medication sterile. Patients should note that Latisse is not recommended to be used on bottom lashes. Full results should be achieved in about 4 months but most patients see an improvement in 3-4 weeks. It is possible that a patient may not obtain the same results on both sets of lashes.
The most common side effects are itchy or red eyes. Less common side effects can include a darkening or redness of the eyelid, eye dryness or eye irritation. If a patient discontinues the use of Latisse, eyelid darkening should be reversed in a few weeks up to a few months. In very rare cases, eye trauma could occur and a patient should seek medical attention immediately.
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When eyelashes are especially short, sparse or appear to be missing, these could be signs of a medical condition known as hypotrichosis. This is when a person doesn’t have an adequate amount of eyelashes. Latisse is meant to grow lashes that look fuller, longer and darker naturally to help patients regain confidence. Patients with this condition should consult with a dermatologist to see if Latisse is right for them. We invite you to call our dermatology office today and learn more about this product and how it could help you.