A lot of women in Portland love having eyelashes worthy of envy. They frame the eyes more boldly and when combined with mascara can be the bombshell difference. Latisse is a pharmaceutical available through Pearl MedSpa Portland. If you’ve been thinking about dropping the eyelash extensions and growing thicker, longer, and darker eyelashes of your own this is the way to do it.
Latisse Grows Longer Eyelashes
Discovered as a side effect to an ophthalmic treatment the exact biological process that makes Latisse work isn’t fully understood. Much like the hair on your head eyelashes sprout out of the skin. They grow for a while and then fall out. Latisse causes more hairs to sprout, helps them stay longer, and grow to be more full and thick.
How Does Latisse Grow Longer Eyelashes?
Treatment is usually done before bed with an application to the upper lash. Much like lipstick as you close your eyes the drug automatically spreads to the lower lashes. Sterile applicators are included in a treatment kit. As the last step in your nightly routine the drug is applied after all your make up has been removed and your contacts are out.
Care must be taken not to reuse the applicators as users run the risk of eye infections. Also care must be exercised not to get the liquid anywhere else on your skin, as it will promote hair growth anywhere it touches.
How Effective Is Latisse?
With nightly use most patients see a response to the drug at the end of about two weeks. Once you’ve reached about 4 months your physician might recommend every other night treatment. The treatment works for as long as you use the product. Most studies have shown that after 16 weeks the improvement of eyelashes is measureable. After this time frame eyelash length is about 25% longer, fullness and thickness is increased by over 100%, and darkness of the eyelashes has increased by about 15%.
Potential Side Effects
The vast majority of people can use Latisse safely, as it is an FDA approved eyelash treatment.
Ocular disorders that might prevent patients choosing Latisse are Uveitis and conjunctivitis. The risk with these disorders is a possible macular edema. There is also a risk of skin infections or severe allergies to the upper eyelids. Women who are pregnant or nursing should also avoid elective pharmaceuticals.
Starting out as a side effect for glaucoma patients the drug is known for lowering intraocular pressure. If you are being treated for glaucoma or ocular hypertension you need to make sure your doctor knows before you plan a treatment with Latisse.
Itchiness or eyelid darkening was reported in patients that accidentally got the drug in their eyes. In these cases those side effects were minimal and only reported by less than 4% of the users that accidentally got the drug in their eyes.