The eyes are the windows to the soul; the appearance of your eyes is one of the things most people notice first. Thick, luscious lashes can dramatically improve the appearance of your eyes. Many people try to use makeup to give the illusion of thick, full lashes, but mascara is a pain to apply and has a tendency to run and smear, and if you have short sparse lashes it cannot actually make them longer. False eyelashes can cause infections and irritation and need to be regularly replaced. What if you could actually induce the growth of real, longer lashes? Now you can with Latisse® at Medical Aesthetics of New England, PC.
What is Latisse®?
Latisse® is a prescription medication that is applied to the roots of the upper eyelashes and induces the growth of eyelashes, including increased length, thickness, and darkness. It needs to be applied every evening using a special applicator. It takes around three to four weeks of application before improved eyelash growth becomes apparent, and around 16 weeks for the full effects to be seen. If treatment is discontinued, the lashes will gradually return to their former appearance. It should not be applied to the lower lids and more frequent applications will not enhance or speed up its effects.
Where This Treatment?
Latisse® was originally developed to treat glaucoma and it works quite well for that purpose, but during the clinical trials it was noted that it induced the growth of the eyelashes. It is a prostaglandin analog that has been FDA approved for treatment of sparse eyelashes.
The most common side effect is irritation of the eyes, but this side effect can usually be avoided by carefully following the application instructions. Most other side effects can also be avoided by carefully following the application instructions. In some rare cases, the solution can cause darkening of the skin at the site of application, but this side effect slowly goes away if treatment is discontinued.
If You Have Glaucoma
Individuals using medications to treat glaucoma should use Latisse® with caution and should be monitored frequently during the first few months to ensure that it is not interfering with their medication or affecting their intraocular pressure. In general, however, Latisse is considered safe for use by persons with glaucoma.
Contact Medical Aesthetics of New England, PC, to schedule your consultation and find out if Latisse® is right for you!