Latisse® Eyelash Growth Serum

What is Latisse?

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You may have seen the commercials with Brooke Shields and Claire Danes for Latisse, which promotes eyelash growth, making them darker, longer, and fuller. If you are dissatisfied with the length, thickness, or color of your eyelashes, you may be a good candidate for Latisse in St. Louis.

Latisse is manufactured by the same company that makes Botox and uses the same ingredient as the drug that treats glaucoma. Its ability to enhance eyelashes was discovered by accident, and it is the only FDA-approved product that helps the eyelashes to grow.

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What are the benefits of choosing Latisse Eyelash Growth Serum?

There are several benefits to Latisse. The drug is FDA-approved and was used clinically before cosmetic use began. This indicates a strong history of safety. Patients who use the drug as directed also achieve significant cosmetic improvement. According to FDA data, 79 percent of Latisse users experience at least one grade increase on the Global Eyelash Assessment after 20 weeks of consistent use. Many patients report a noticeable improvement in the length and thickness of their eyelashes after 16 weeks. In addition to being safe and effective, Latisse is also easy to use. To achieve dramatic improvements, patients need only apply the solution to their upper eyelash line once a day.


How Does Latisse® Work?

Latisse is applied to the upper eyelids with a sterile applicator once per day for three to four months. You will begin to see results, however, within one to two months. After the first three or four months, you can maintain your beautiful new lashes by using it just every other day. If you stop using Latisse, your eyelashes will return to their former appearance in a few weeks.

Your doctor will give you a prescription and instruct you how to apply it so that you can do it yourself at home. When you blink, Latisse spreads on its own to the lower eyelashes, so you don’t have to apply it there.


How long does it take for Latisse to start working?

Latisse works gradually, taking approximately two months to achieve visible improvement in the thickness, color, and length of the eyelashes. Patients generally see the full results of daily Latisse use in three to four months. For results to be optimal, patients must use the drug as directed. Daily use is necessary for improvements to progress as expected. If doses are forgotten or the drug is used every other day versus daily, it may take longer to notice visible results.


Can Anyone Use Latisse®?

Latisse is safe for most people, but you shouldn’t use it while taking antibiotics or if you take heart medications, are pregnant, or have severe allergies. Talk with Dr. Holds and his associates about any medicines you’re currently taking or any allergies you have.

Most people experience no side effects from Latisse, but rare reactions include red or itchy eyes and skin hyperpigmentation.


Can I wear makeup after using Latisse?

Latisse is prescribed for daily use. The manufacturer of the drug, Allergan, advises patients to apply the medication at night. Application approximately one hour before bedtime ensures that the liquid has plenty of time to dry and absorb into the skin. Though nightly use is recommended, it is possible to apply Latisse in the morning before applying makeup. However, patients should wait at least 15 minutes after their application to apply any product, including moisturizer, sunscreen, and makeup, to the eye area.

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Can Latisse help grow eyebrows?

Latisse is approved as an eyelash treatment. That said, the drug has been used to enhance eyebrow growth. In fact, studies have been done to evaluate Latisse as a possible treatment for eyebrow hypotrichosis, a type of hair loss. As drugs such as Botox, Latisse is sometimes used off-label. In this case, it is used off-label to improve the appearance of the eyebrows.


What happens when you stop using Latisse Eyelash Growth Serum?

To sustain the results of Latisse, patients must continue using the drug as directed by their physician. After four to five months, when the effects of daily application should have reached their peak, Latisse dosing may decrease to every other day or about three days a week. The eyelashes will continue their normal growth cycle but remain darker, thicker, and longer than before. If the use of Latisse stops altogether, the eyelashes will gradually return to their pre-treatment length, thickness, and color.


How long should you use Latisse?

Current studies of Latisse indicate the drug may be used indefinitely without concern. Once patients achieve the full extent of the improvement made possible with Latisse, they may decrease their dosage to every other day or to three days a week.


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Call our office today at 314-567-3567 to find out how Latisse can give you more beautiful eyelashes. You can also visit Aesthetic Medispa of West County for more information.

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