Latisse (eyelash growth)
LATISSE Treatments in San Francisco, CA
Lash enhancement has been around since around 4000BC, when wealthy citizens would apply a mixture of soot and other dark compounds to lashes and brows.
Today, mascara is the most widely used makeup product, with about 83% of American women using it. In the search for longer, fuller lashes, women look not only to mascara, but also to techniques like false eyelashes and eyelash extensions. False eyelashes are short-lived and easily separated from the eyelid, while eyelash extensions are expensive at prices ranging from $200-600.
LATISSE™ is the first and only prescription treatment FDA-approved to promote eyelash growth and act as a solution to hypotrichosis. Dr. Mosser has begun offering LATISSE™ treatment to patients with reduced eyelash growth or those desiring longer, fuller eyelashes. From the makers of BOTOX, LATISSE™ affects the anagen (growth) phase of the eyelash hair cycle.
It works in two ways, increasing both the length of the anagen phase and the number of hairs grown in this phase. Its 0.03% bimatoprost ophthalmic solution provides gradual growth. Most clinical trial participants saw significant improvement in lash growth and fullness after two months, with full results occurring at 12 or 16 weeks.
LATISSE™ is proven to be highly effective, with eyelashes typically growing 25% longer, 106% thicker and 18% darker with regular use. LATISSE™ is compatible with cosmetic use, such as mascara and eye shadow. The product is applied daily directly to the eyelid with a sterile, disposable applicator and can be used in addition to mascara.
If LATISSE™ application is stopped, eyelashes will return to their previous appearance within several weeks or months. Those considering LATISSE™ should receive a professional evaluation to be sure they are good candidates for the treatment.
Prospective users are encouraged to partake in a short visit with Dr. Mosser in his San Francisco office to make sure Latisse is right for them. As all patients are different, results are expected to vary, with a minimum 6-8 weeks to notice results. Dr. Mosser offers the kit (a 1-month supply) for $120.
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Allergan has additional information on Latisse on their site.
Latisse® for Thicker, Longer, Darker Eyelashes
Every woman who has ever wished for thicker, longer or naturally darker eyelashes must havegreeted with great interest the news that there now is in fact a readily available treatment to achieve themnaturally without applying artificial lashes or mascara.
Latisse® solution is a prescription treatment for hypotrichosis, the medical term used to describe inadequate or thin eyelashes. The effect over time of daily applications of Latisse® solution to the base of the eyelash line is to enhance eyelashes, making them longer, thicker and darker.
Dr Scott Mosser, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, practicing in his San Francisco clinic, offers Latisse® treatments to his patients in addition to a comprehensive range of facial rejuvenation procedures that include plastic surgery, fillers and injectables.
With the application of Latisse® solution thin sparse or short eyelashes will begin to lengthen, thicken, and darken gradually, with full results observed after about two months of daily application. In clinical tests half of all patients treated saw significant improvement.
To maintain the effect after the initial development time of two months a continued and perhaps less frequent application is required. The effect is not permanent so once the application of Latisse® solution is discontinued the increased length and thickness of the lashes achieved by using itcan be expected to gradually lessen and the your eyelashes will eventually return to their original condition.
Careful daily application - generally before bedtime - of one drop applied along each upper lash line at the base of the lashes using a sterile applicator can be demonstrated by your physician and easily learned to do by yourself as part of your facial cleansing routine. Closing the lashes will automatically transfer some of the Latisse® solution to your lower lashes.
In 2008 the US Federal Drug Administration granted approval of Latisse® solution (bimatoprost 0.03%) for cosmetic use to enhance inadequate eyelashes. The effect of the active ingredient in Latisse® solution on eyelash volume, length and color had previously been observed for some years as a side effect on patients using Bimatoprost drops, an already FDA-approved drug used to reduce eye pressureand treat ocular hypertension and open-angle glaucoma.
The safety and efficacy of Latisse® solution has been amply demonstrated, but since it is a drug, it may not be compatible with certain common medical conditions you may have, which is why medical supervision is strongly recommended.
Latisse® solution is not a cosmetic, but a prescription drug and its use should be supervised by your eye doctor, dermatologist or Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. A thorough eye examination and medical history can determine whether Latisse® would be an appropriate treatment for you.
Certain chronic eye conditions, allergies, cataracts, pregnancy, nursing, or eye injuries may rule you out at a candidate for Latisse® treatments. Other considerations you should discuss with your board certified plastic surgeon are: what other prescription or non-prescription drugs or natural health supplements you may be taking, whether and what kind of contact lenses you use, and your general health and medical history.Latisse® solution contains benzalkonium chloride, which may be absorbed by soft contact lenses.
Benefits and Possible Side Effects
Longer, thicker, darker eyelashes have an obvious aesthetic benefit. Since Latisse® solution may affect hair follicles on whatever skin it touches, care is required so that no solution wet any other part of the face and that no more than the amount required to moisten the upper lash baseline be used.
For a small number of users there have been benign side effects that may not be desirable. One is a possible darkening of the skin of the upper eyelid, which is reversible if Latisse® treatment is discontinued. Although rare, brown pigmentation leaking into the iris or color portion of the eye, was observed in some users which proved to be permanent and could be a significant drawback for someone with light colored eyes. Since Latisse® solution is only effective when there are actual hair follicles to be stimulated, lost eyelashes due to accident or illness will not grow back.
Latisse®, manufactured by Allergen, the pharmaceutical firm that also manufactures Botox®, has proven to be very effective. With regular use, Latisse® treatment in test subjects has resulted in eyelashes that are over 100% thicker, 25% longer, and almost 20% darker. You can still apply shadow, eyeliner, and mascara for an even more dramatic effect.
The Importance of Supervised Use
Since Latisse® treatment is a relatively new cosmetic procedure your family physician or dermatologist may have little or no experience in its use and application. This is why consultation with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon would be the most responsible step to take if you are considering using this product.
There is no substitute for obtaining expert advice from an experienced surgeon such as Dr Scott Mosser, who has specialized training and knowledge and stays current with the latest techniques and developments in aesthetic and restorative plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures.
Schedule a consultation with Dr Mosser to see whether you can benefit from Latisse® treatment. Kits including a one-month supply of Latisse®plus applicators are available in his downtown San Francisco clinic.