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Latisse, or bimatoprost, is an FDA-approved treatment to create fuller eyelashes for people experiencing inadequate lash growth. Originally used as prescription eye drops for glaucoma, it was discovered that bimatoprost had remarkable benefits for eyelash growth.

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How Latisse Works

Like all body hair, eyelashes emerge from their follicles, grow and ultimately fall out to be replaced by a new lash. Latisse is applied topically and has the double action of increasing the growth phase of the lashes and also the number of hairs produces, for thicker, lusher lashes.

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How to Use Latisse

Latisse is self-applied with an applicator by lightly coating the upper lashes each night before bed. Typical initial results are not seen for three or four weeks and the full growth and thickening can take from eight to sixteen weeks.

Latisse should only be dispensed by a medical expert who has examined you and reviewed your medical history. Latisse is clinically proven to be safe, but there are considerations that you should be aware of and Dr. Beck can advise you of which ones may be most relevant for you.

The Latisse Procedure

  • Ensure face is clean and makeup and contact lenses have been removed. Contact lenses can be reapplied about 15 minutes later.
  • Place one drop of Latisse onto an eyeliner brush.
  • Apply to the skin of the upper eyelid margin at the base of the eyelashes (do not apply to the lower eyelashes) so it is only slightly wet. Blot off any excess Latisse.
  • Ensure your applicator brush is clean when you use it and be diligent about cleaning it between treatments. If one of your eyes has an infection or irritation, use a separate brush for that eye. Brushes should be replaced about every six months or more often. For safest practice, the FDA recommends using one-time sterile applicators.
  • Morning or night treatment? This is an individual decision, but morning application, after eye cream and before eyeliner may help Latisse stay in place better than if applied before bed where your lashes may rub against a blanket or pillow.
  • Initial results will begin to be seen in about a month, so be patient! Full effects are usually seen in about 16 weeks with daily application. Latisse therapy is designed to easily fit into a daily skincare routine.
  • If you stop using Latisse completely, your lashes will revert to their pre-treatment state in about the same length of time it took to grow them.

Who is a Good Candidate for Latisse Eyelash Therapy?

Latisse is broadly used by many different types of people. Almost any adult can use it. In clinical trials, everyone experienced:

  • Longer lashes, or
  • Thicker lashes, or
  • Darker lashes, and
  • 80% experienced all three

Before you are prescribed Latisse, Dr. Beck will consult with you to determine if any of the following issues will present a problem:

  • Taking antibiotics, heart medication or several other drugs.
  • Medical issues, particularly neurological diseases.
  • Severe allergies.
  • Skin infections near the eyes.
  • Pregnant or nursing women.

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