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Thick, dark lashes are an enviable beauty trait, but even those lucky enough to be born with great lashes will experience thinner and less robust lashes by the time they reach their mid 30’s. For decades the best options were Maybelline and extensions, but now you can grow thick lush lashes in just a few weeks with prescription LATISSE®. It’s the first and only FDA approved treatment for inadequate or insufficient eyelashes, so if you are interested in growing longer, fuller and darker lashes find out if LATISSE® is right for you.
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The History of LATISSE®
LATISSE® is actually a version of a commonly prescribed glaucoma drug. It’s not often you hear about side effects being exciting, but when glaucoma patients reported longer and lusher lasher during glaucoma treatment their doctors took note, and so did Allergan (the makers of such mainstays as BOTOX® Cosmetic, JUVÉDERM®, and Voluma®). They developed the eyelash enhancer LATISSE® in 2008. It’s now one of the most popular cosmetic services worldwide. If you take a few minutes to view the video below you’ll see why.
How Does LATISSE® Work?
Studies show that LATISSE® creates longer, thicker, and darker lashes. The growth period of existing lashes is longer and the patients create more new lashes with LATISSE®.
You apply LATISSE® by brushing it on the upper lash once a day with the sterile applicators supplied. LATISSE® spreads to your lower lash line automatically as you blink. (LATISSE® should never apply it in your eye or onto your lower lid.)
The applicators are single use and should be discarded after each use. The kits comes with ample applicators so don’t risk eye infection by using yesterday’s brush. LATISSE® should be applied to clean eyes and contacts should be removed prior to treatment. Optimal results appears after 16 weeks of daily use. Once optimum results are achieved patients should be able to maintain results by treatment every other day. Unfortunately LATISSE® is not permanent, so if you stop using it altogether your lashes will gradually revert to their pre-treatment state.
LATISSE® clinical trial results showed:
- Eyelash length increased by 25 percent.
- Thickness and fullness increased by 106 percent.
- Eyelash darkness increased by 18 percent.
LATISSE® works gradually and remarkably. Just don’t expect great lashes overnight. While you may see results as soon as 6-8 weeks you won’t have full results until 16 weeks.
Set your sights on growth
As the treatment progresses, you’ll first begin to see changes in length. Then, gradually, you’ll notice more thickness and darkness in your lashes. If you’re satisfied with your results by week 8, don’t stop there. Stick with the treatment. After week 16, you’ll see the full effect of LATISSE® solution — and so will others.
The before and after photo is provided courtesy of LATISSE®. Patient shown is not a patient of Dr. Mess.