Are your eyelashes falling short – literally – from framing your eyes the way you would like? Short, thinning lashes can have a profound effect on your overall appearance, making you self-conscious and less than satisfied with your looks. Fortunately eyelash enhancement is easier today than ever before, thanks to a revolutionary medication you can use in the comfort of your own home.

The Problem with Thinning Lashes

Even if you were born with a thick layer of lashes, you may see that feature change over time. There are many reasons why lashes may start to thin:

  • Heredity
  • Rubbing the eyes frequently or too vigorously
  • Some medical conditions
  • Certain medications or medical treatments

Even the normal aging process can lead to thinning lashes, which can be particularly distressing as other signs of aging begin to appear at the same time. While thinning lashes are rarely a significant medical concern, they can be a cosmetic concern that leads many women to seek treatment for the problem.

Introducing Latisse

Latisse is a prescription medication that was approved by the FDA for the treatment of thinning lashes in 2008. The active ingredient in Latisse is bimatoprost, a substance originally designed to treat glaucoma. However, physicians prescribing the medication noticed that their patients were also seeing extensive lash growth as a side effect of the treatment. That led to the study of Latisse specifically to treat thinning lashes and the eventual FDA approval for this purpose.

Using Bimatoprost

Bimatoprost is a topical solution that is brushed onto the upper lash line daily. When you receive your Latisse prescription, you will find it comes with both the medication and separate applicators for each day. This is to lower your risk of infection or irritation from using contaminated applicators to apply the medication.

You will be instructed to brush the medication onto the upper lash line each evening, using a new applicator. Side effects from the solution are minimal and typically involve minor itching or redness of the eyes. If the solution gets on other areas of the skin, hair may start to grow. It is important to use the medication carefully to ensure it is only applied to the lash line.  

Getting Results

You will not see results from your Latisse use right away, since it takes some time for the new lashes to begin to grow. Most patients begin to see initial thickening of their upper lash line within about two months. Full results are not generally seen until you have used the product for 12-16 weeks. At that time, patients typically experience an increase in the length, thickness and fullness of the eyelashes. Some patients also notice their eyelashes become darker after using the medication for a prolonged period of time.

To maintain your results, you will need to continue using Latisse over the long term. While you may be able to apply the medication less frequently, stopping completely will result in the lashes gradually returning to their original state. Fortunately, extended use of the medication is both safe and effective for most patients, so you can enjoy your longer, fuller lashes without worry about long-term effects.
If you are unhappy with thinning, less-than-perfect lashes, help is now available. Contact Leber Skin & Laser Center today at 480-945-5522 to find out if Latisse is the right treatment for you.