MISSION: END PREVENTABLE BLINDNESS

Latisse for Eyelash Growth

What Causes Loss of Eyelashes?

Many changes occur in our bodies as we age. One of them is hair loss. Although hair loss happens more in men because of the decrease in testosterone, women also experience it; this usually occurs in women after menopause due to a decrease in estrogen. One area is the loss of eyelashes. This condition is referred to as madarosis. Another condition called hypotrichosis also involves loss of hair in places where hair should be.

While aging is one factor in hair loss, there is a long list of causes according to the Consumer Health Digest. The causes range from misuse of makeup or simple allergies to diseases such as psoriasis, sickle cell anemia, or HIV infection. Some medications can cause eyelashes to thin or stop growing, and chemotherapy treatment is a large culprit.

There are as many ways to combat eyelash loss as there are causes. If an allergy or some skin condition which causes eye irritation is the source of your eyelash loss, an antibiotic may be all that’s needed. If other treatments don’t work or are not appropriate for your condition, another treatment called Latisse may be used.

Latisse for Eyelash Growth, Eye Love Blog

What Is Latisse?

Latisse is the brand name for bimatoprost. Bimatoprost is also manufactured under the brand name Lumigan, an eye drop used for the treatment of glaucoma. Eyelash growth was found to be one of the unexpected side effects, which led to the development of Latisse. Latisse is the first and only prescription medication for increasing eyelash growth and has been widely used since its approval by the FDA in 2008. WebMD says that 50% of people in a clinical study showed significant improvement within 2 months. The official study done by the manufacturer revealed that 78% of participants showed more than double the fullness in their eyelash growth. This is pretty great, and I can vouch for Latisse and say that it absolutely does work.

How to Use Latisse

Latisse is sold in 3ml and 5ml bottles with enough applicators to last a month. The average cost is about $125. It is used once a day and placed on the upper eyelid lash line only. The drug will spread to the lower eyelid through blinking. Results will be gradual, but complete fullness should appear after 16 weeks. Note that once treatment is stopped, lashes will return to their previous condition, so it requires continuous use; considering this, price may be a problem for many people. People can still wear false eyelashes, but their use will hinder natural eyelash growth, and when false eyelashes are removed, they tend to pull off some natural eyelashes. Contacts can also be worn, but should not be in the eyes when applying Latisse.

Generally, Latisse is safe to use, but some side effects have been reported – changes in eye color and the surrounding eye area and mild irritations of the eye are the most common. As with all prescriptions, be in contact with your doctor during treatment and especially if there are extreme side effects. Have you tried Latisse? Are you interested in it?

One Love,

Dr. Jenna Zigler, Eye Love

Dr. Jenna Zigler

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