If you have been suffering from sparse, thin eyelashes, Latisse may be the right treatment for you. As the first FDA-approved prescription treatment for eyelash hypotrichosis, Latisse can give your eyelashes the volume and length you’ve wanted. Clinical studies have shown that Latisse can make a noticeable difference in your eyelash density and size in as little as four weeks.
How Long Does Latisse Take to Work?
With Latisse, it is important to be patient, as change will not occur overnight. While results vary based on the individual, in general you will begin to see results about a month after beginning treatment. However, these initial results will be minor, as it takes around four months of continuous treatment to see all that Latisse can do. That is why we suggest that every patient goes through the entire 16-week Latisse treatment cycle, as you cannot imagine just how amazing your lashes will look after finishing the full treatment.
Do I Need a Prescription?
You do in fact need a prescription in order to use Latisse. When you come into San Diego Cosmetic Laser Clinic, a physician will perform a brief examination of your eyelashes and review your medical history, making sure you can benefit from the treatment and there is no possibility of adverse side effects. Once the examination is complete, they will write a prescription for Latisse.
Latisse is applied through a simple process of brushing along your upper eyelid and down through your lashes. This application infuses your lashes with a compound called Bimatofrost, which stimulates growth in the lashes, helping them grow thicker, longer and darker. By helping your lashes reach their fullest potential, Latisse can bring out the best in your eyes.
Latisse Clinical Results
In a widespread clinical trial with more than 278 participants ranging from ages 22 to 78, Latisse was shown to have a marked impact on their eyelashes, leaving them darker, thicker and longer. The 278 participants in the study were divided into two groups, with 137 receiving Latisse and 141 taking a placebo. Of the 137 who received the treatment, 107 reported an improvement in the quality of their eyelashes.
It is important to note that these results did not happen overnight. The results from the study developed over a period of 16 weeks, with gradual improvement taking place over the course of the entire study. By week four, some participants had already begun to see an improvement in the length of their lashes, but by week eight, most of the participants found a noticeable improvement in their eyelashes’ fullness and darkness. At week 12, the participants noted enhanced results from their treatment, culminating in full and dramatic results by the end of the trial at week 16.
Is Latisse Safe to Use During Pregnancy?
In general, we suggest that pregnant women avoid using Latisse. It is not clear yet if Latisse is safe or unsafe to use while pregnant since adequate testing has not been completed. However, there have been a few cases in animal studies of Latisse leading to issues during pregnancy. Since Latisse is a cosmetic procedure, we just do not think it is worth the risk.
Can I Use Latisse If I Have Glaucoma?
There are certain glaucoma medications that can have strange results when combined with Latisse. This is especially true with Bimatoprost eye drops. These unpredictable reactions mean that we usually do not suggest Latisse for individuals with glaucoma. However, depending on your type of glaucoma medication Latisse may be possible, so come by for a consultation today.
Latisse Side Effects
Latisse may have side effects, most commonly leaving a slight itching around the eyelids as a result of the application. Other possibilities include red eyes, a darkening of the irises and a darkening of the skin around the eyelids. Since Latisse increases pigment in the skin in the same way it affects the eyelashes, some people may find a slight discoloration around the eye. However, the darkened skin is expected to return to normal over the course of a few weeks after finishing treatment.
While taking Latisse, if you develop a new eye condition, undergo any eye trauma, surgery, or suffer a sudden loss in visual acuity, it is very important that you contact your doctor right away concerning your continued use of Latisse.
Is Latisse Right For You?
If you think that Latisse could be right for you, contact San Diego Cosmetic Laser to schedule your free consultation. Dr. Mani will be happy to arrange a time to take a look at your eyelashes and discuss the right treatment for you.
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