In the past, the only way to make your eyelashes appear darker and thicker was to wear mascara. This is only a temporary fix, and it often looks unnatural. It can also wear off throughout the day, especially if the eyelashes are exposed to water. Fortunately, a new option is now available to women who want to improve the appearance of their eyelashes: Latisse.
What is Latisse?
Latisse is a topical treatment designed to thicken eyelashes. It has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, but it is currently available to patients by prescription only.
How Does it Work?
After your doctor prescribes Latisse, you will apply the product to the base of your eyelashes each night. Over time, the ingredients in Latisse will increase the number of hairs that grow in this area, as well as the length of the growth phase of each hair.
The results of Latisse will appear gradually, with the full results becoming apparent after about 16 weeks of treatment. However, you may experience noticeable improvement in as little as one month.
What are the Risks?
Like all cosmetic treatments, Latisse comes with certain risks. For example, Latisse may cause some discoloration of the colored part of the eye and/or the skin surrounding the application site. While skin darkening may be reversible, any discoloration that occurs in the colored part of the eye is likely to be permanent. Some patients also experience hair growth outside of the eyelash area and/or eye irritation when using Latisse. Latisse will work only for as long as you continue using the product, and it can be used only for the lashes on the upper eyelid. If you discontinue Latisse, your lashes will gradually return to normal.
How Do I Learn More about Latisse?
You can learn more about Latisse by making an appointment with a qualified cosmetic doctor. To get started, please call the New Look Vein and Aesthetic Center in St. Louis today. During your initial appointment, we will review your medical history and perform an exam to see if Latisse is an appropriate treatment for you. We will also discuss the potential side effects and costs of the treatment so that you can make an informed decision.