WHAT IS LATISSE (Eyelash Thickener)?
Latisse is a prescription-strength medication designed to treat eyelash hypotrichosis, or inadequate eyelashes. For individuals with eyelash hypotrichosis, this is much more than an aesthetic problem. The eyelashes protect the eye from sunlight, wind, dust, pollution, and other external irritants. Moreover, a touch to the eyelashes triggers the eye to close, providing further protection from foreign objects. Individuals with inadequate or fewer than average eyelashes lack this protective functionality, leaving their eyes vulnerable to injury. Eyelash hypotrichosis is usually a genetic condition, but may also be a natural part of aging. It may also be a side affect of chemotherapy or a physical injury to the eye.
Luckily, the prescription medication Bimatoprost (or brand name Latisse) has been available since 2008 to treat eyelash hypotrichosis. With regular use, Latisse encourages the growth of longer, fuller, and darker eyelashes; clinical studies have shown a 25% increase in lash length, 106% increase in lash thickness/fullness, and 18% increase in lash darkness. At Gentle Touch Aesthetics and Wellness in Los Gatos, CA, Dr. Arbella Sarkis and Dr. Esther Chen recognize the importance of the eyelashes to the form and function of the eye. As primary care physicians, they have the medical and technical skill to recommend and prescribe this Rx-strength medication with extremely successful results.
Latisse should be applied to the base of the upper eyelid lash margin (not the lower eyelid) once a day. When used as directed for 16 weeks, the eyelashes will begin to thicken, darken, and lengthen. Results are gradual, generally noticeable first after a month with results fully optimized after four months. Latisse should be applied only once a day; applying it more frequently will not increase its efficacy. If Latisse is discontinued, the lashes will gradually return to their original appearance. Common side effects are itchy, red eyes. Serious side effects are very rare, but use of Latisse may cause a permanent increase in the brown pigmentation of the iris.