Have you heard about Latisse? If your lashes are thinning or balding, many doctors recommend Latisse as a safe and speedy solution for eyelash growth. First approved in 2008, Latisse is only available in Canada with a prescription, because it’s a medication with a real, tangible impact on eyelash growth.
Originally intended as a glaucoma treatment, optometrists noted patients using the product were developing longer, darker lashes. This prompted developers to rebrand the drug for cosmetic purposes. After a lengthy trial with nearly 300 participants, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration noted Latisse could be sold to help strengthen, lengthen, and regrow eyelashes. In fact, during trials growth was boosted by about 25%. Lashes were also visibly thicker—by 106%. The rest is history. Latisse became known as an eyelash supplement (that’s occasionally used on eyebrows, too).
It’s surprising to think that in American people spend over $1 billion dollars on mascara each year. Interestingly, no matter how much (or how little) make-up people wear, long lashes are universally sought-after, with some women investing in extensions and perms as routinely as they do their nails.
The drawback is many of these procedures damage the lashes. While the results from Latisse are not instant, it won’t damage your delicate lashes or follicles. People who start using the product usually see results within a few months. This is because like our hair, eyelash follicles go through cycles of growth and rest. At any one time, approximately 90 percent of your 100 to 200 eyelash follicles per eyelid are in the growth phase. Latisse works by lengthening the time of the follicle’s growth phase, so lashes grow longer and thicker. There are more follicles, which means more lashes!
The drawback is that the treatment is on the pricey side. A small bottle of Latisse dwarfs even the priciest mascara by comparison. However, compared to lash extensions, maintenance is minimal—just use an applicator to swish a drop over the lash line before bedtime.
A few patients have noticed some darkening of the skin where the medication is applied, but that generally fades if you stop using the product. If you stop using Latisse, your eyelashes will eventually return to normal, but for those tired of mascara, perming, and extensions, it’s certainly worth a try.
If you’d like to try Latisse (or you’ve got questions), call Dr. Kamani at 604.222.9998.