If you’ve been self-conscious because of thinning eyelashes or eyebrows, or are suffering from a skin condition like alopecia, you might be feeling frustrated. Fortunately, a revolutionary treatment for these common concerns is available. Read on to find out more about the Latisse eyelash growth treatment and how it can help save you time, money, and stress.
The first thing to realize when you start to notice thinning hair in your lash or brow area is that often, this is a natural part of aging. Just like the hairs on your head and the rest of your body, eyelashes and eyebrows grow through hair follicles. Over time and with the aging process, hair follicles naturally produce less in both quantity and volume.
However, occasionally hair loss is a sign of a more serious condition. Hair loss of approximately 50 to 100 hairs a day is normal. If you’re losing more, it might be a sign of a skin condition known as alopecia. There are a wide variety of causes of alopecia, including childbirth, severe illness (particularly with high fever), thyroid problems, autoimmune diseases, insufficient protein, certain types of medications or treatments including chemotherapy, low iron levels, poor hair care, and more.
If you’re losing eyelash or eyebrow hair rapidly or in large clumps, be sure to see a dermatologist as soon as possible to properly diagnose the issue.
In the past, anyone who desired fuller, longer lashes or thicker brows would have had to rely on applying false lashes, getting lash extensions, or penciling in the eyebrows. But the Latisse eyelash growth treatment has soared in popularity in recent years particularly.
Latisse is a topical medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for enhancing eyelash growth. By regularly applying Latisse along the lash line of the upper eyelid, a large percentage of patients experience growth of longer, thicker and darker eyelashes. However, it’s important to note that Latisse isn't designed to be applied to the lower eyelid.
For the most optimal results, it’s recommended to use the Latisse treatment medication every day for at least two months. After that, regular “maintenance” applications will be necessary to keep lashes looking thicker and fuller. If you decide to stop using the Latisse treatment, your eyelashes will eventually become thin in appearance again.
Typically, you can see improved results from Latisse on the eyelashes and eyebrows at about five weeks, with results reaching their maximum potential around 16 weeks.
Latisse includes several side effects, and while they’re not guaranteed, a few of them can possibly become permanent. The list of side effects includes redness around the eye area, dryness of the eyes, darkened eyelids, or pigmentation changes in the iris of the eye (the colored part in the center.)
Vanguard Dermatology offers a large staff of board-certified specialists based in the greater New York City area. We perform Latisse eyelash growth treatments in our offices. If you’re interested in learning more about how Latisse can save your confidence and your wallet, contact us today for an appointment.