Do you wish for longer darker eyelashes? Latisse is a great option. You can use more mascara, eyelash extensions or apply a solution to the eyelashes once a day. Hypotrichosis means having inadequate or not enough eyelashes. Latisse was the first FDA approved prescription to treat this problem. The key ingredient in Latisse has been used for treatment of glaucoma as an eye drop for many years. Patients using the medication noticed a side effect of longer darker eyelashes. Allergan, the Botox and Juvederm Company, owns the patent for this product. Latisse is available through physician offices by prescription.
A clinical study was done, where two groups of patients were given either a placebo solution or Latisse solution. Neither the patients nor the investigators knew which individuals received the Latisse solution. By week 16, 78% of the participants who received Latisse noted a significant increase in overall eyelash length, fullness and darkness compared to 18% in the placebo group.
Latisse is a solution that is applied to the eyelashes with a small sponge applicator. The company recommends using one drop on a sterile applicator brush and applying to the upper eyelid margin at the base of the eyelashes. A new applicator is used in the same manner for the opposite eyelid. The product is applied nightly after facial cleansing and contact removal. The benefits of the treatment may not be noticed for at least 2 months. Once the desired result is achieved, the product must still be used to maintain the results. However, the benefits may be maintained with every other day or three times a week use.
The main risk of the treatment is a darkening on the eyelid, along the eyelash border. There is a rare chance of the product darkening the iris or colored circle of the eye. This did not occur in anyone during the Latisse study but was found in people using this for treatment of glaucoma as a drop in the eye. For more information contact Dr. William Anderson at Tower Cosmetic Surgery in the Tower Health and Wellness Center (209) 216-3323.