Lush, thick, long, dramatic, and mesmerizing. These are just a few words used to describe eyelashes these days. If you are curious how much of a difference beautiful eyelashes can make on one’s face, try a pair of false eyelashes, either magnetic or glue. Who knew that a strip of feathery hairs could be such an essential piece of a facial makeover? False eyelashes pack a fashion punch; however, you have to remember to reapply them before your next big outing. Touching the false eyelashes and then your eyelids can cause you to spread germs and bacteria into your eye. Also, a strong gust of wind or a torrential rainstorm has often contributed to the demise of false lashes. 

Mascara is great, however, it works with your existing lashes. Mascara will not contribute to the regrowth or natural thickening of eyelashes. Which brings us to this question: If eyelashes are the metaphorical curtains to the windows of the soul, what can we do to keep them lush, long, luminous, and dare we say, “eye-catching?” 

Before you run out to buy the latest and greatest gimmick, take a moment to learn a little more about the beauty secret everyone needs to know: Latisse®.

What is Latisse® and How Does It Work?

Latisse® is the first and only prescription treatment approved by the FDA and Health Canada for lengthening and thickening your own eyelashes.  It is a once-a-day treatment, applied topically to the base of your upper eyelashes every evening with a sterile applicator. Once you blink, the Latisse® serum spreads to your lower lash line, so there is no need to apply in that area. Some experts recommend you avoid letting the serum touch your lower lash line completely because the regrowth on the lower lids may be excess and appear unnatural. 

Administering Latisse® is super easy. First, you take the sterile applicator and put one drop of solution on the area closest to the tip of the applicator, but not directly on the tip. Slowly draw the applicator on the skin of the eyelid margin where your eyelashes meet the skin. Then use a tissue or cotton pad to blot any excess solution around the eyelid. Once complete, discard the applicator and grab a new one to complete treatment on your other eye. Never use an applicator more than once, as it can cause side effects or even an allergic reaction. 

It is recommended you use the serum at least an hour before bedtime to give your eyelid lines the proper amount of time to absorb the solution. 

After two months of nightly use, you will begin to see results. In fact, patients in clinical trials saw results in as few as 8 weeks with full results after 12 to 16 weeks. Latisse® extends the growth phase of your eyelashes to multiply the number of hairs that regrow during your lash’s lifecycle. Say hello to longer, thicker, natural eyelashes! 

For whatever reason you do not like your results, simply stop your treatment. If you stop treatment, your eyelashes will return to their pre-treatment state. However, if you accidentally forget treatment one night you do not have to double up the next day. Just resume treatment as normal and try your best to maintain a solid schedule. This beauty treatment requires a little tenacity. 

Do I Have to Worry about Side Effects?

Latisse® is proven and safe. The serum was developed through years of research by Allergan®, a pharmaceutical leader with 60 years of expertise in prescription eye care products. The medication in Latisse® is called bimatoprost. This is marketed not only under the Latisse® name but also under Lumigan, which is a prescription eyedrop used to treat glaucoma. After seeing exponential eyelash growth in patients treated with Lumigan, it was determined the growth was an unexpected side effect of the medication. Thus, an eyelash restoration serum was born. 

Side effects and adverse reactions are rare but may include red, itchy eyes, increased dryness in the eye, darkened eyelids, a darken brown pigmentation in the iris (very rare), hair growth around the eyes if the medication routinely comes off the lash line. Some patients report a darkening of the skin around the eyelash line that fades when treatment stops. If you are prone to dry eyes, you may want to keep drops on hand to alleviate any dryness you experience throughout your treatment. 

Latisse® is not recommended for women who are pregnant or nursing. For patients being treated for eye pressure issues, it is recommended they speak to their practitioner prior to receiving treatment.  The same is true for anyone with an active eye infection. 

While it is recommended you apply the serum at night, if you choose to do so in the morning you can apply makeup, such as mascara, eyeshadow, and eyeliner, to your eyes while undergoing treatment. All you have to do is wait 15 minutes after application before you apply your eye makeup. 

Is Latisse® Right for Me?

If you suffer from hypotrichosis (inadequate eyelashes), are frustrated with the volume and length of your eyelashes, or are searching for a solution that works, Latisse® serum may be the perfect treatment for you. While the treatment will not replace mascara, it certainly reduces the need to oversaturate your eyelashes with the cosmetic for a fuller and fluffy look. Keep in mind that treatment will take some time before you see the results, so patience and persistence are key. This is a daily treatment; therefore, you will need to commit to this sterile application to see the results you desire. 

Learn More

Interested in learning more about this revolutionary and proven eyelash regrowth treatment? Consider booking a consultation with First Impressions Rejuvenation Clinic. Our practitioners are always ready to answer any question you may have as well as walk you through the treatment process and show you evidence of past patient success stories. We even have an application video on our website to make self-administered treatment easy. 

In the blink of an eye, you can take the steps to get the lashes you deserve. Smile every time you bat your eyes with lush, full, and dark natural eyelashes. You will feel more confident, younger, and beautiful from the inside out.