Latisse Canada – Grow Longer Eyelashes
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What is Latisse?
The active ingredient in Latisee is bimatoprost, approved to treat hypotrichosis. This is otherwise known as a prostaglandin analogue, which helps to stimulate the follicles so hair grows faster and thicker. Originally the prescription was designed to treat glaucoma, but the growth effects have drawn many to seek out the treatment to address eyelash growth. This unexpected side effect of the original medication led to the creation and popularity of Latisse.
The regular application of Latisse, along the lash line of the upper eyelids, encourages the growth of longer, thicker eyelashes. For full results, you must follow the treatment plan daily for at least two months. Improvements in the length of your eyelashes will remain as long as you continue to follow the treatment instructions.
Do You Need A Prescription for Latisse?
Yes, you do. The medication bimatoprost, marketed under Latisse, its brand name, is the first to be approved by Health Canada and the FDA to treat inadequate eyelashes (hypotrichosis). You can take advantage of Skin Vitality’s FREE Consultations with a member of our Medical Team. This initial consult will allow you to sit down in-clinic or by online appointment and address your concerns to see if the treatment is right for you.
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How Long Does It Take to See Results from Latisse?
Latisse has outlined that it takes 16 weeks, using the product daily, in order to see the full results of the treatment. Although, you may be able to notice some initial results of the treatment after just two months.
To get the best results possible, only apply the product once, daily, for the first 16 weeks. After this period, you may be able to decrease the treatment to an application once every 2-3 days, while still experiencing the full results.
If you stop using Latisse, your lashes will return to their original thickness, colour and length.
Studies show that patients who used Latisse for eyelash loss, due to a medical condition such as alopecia areata, had mixed results. Studies on Latisse for patients who had lost their eyelashes due to chemotherapy were more promising. If you have a condition that has resulted in the loss of your eyelashes, speak to a member of our Medical Team to see if Latisse is right for you.
HOW TO APPLY LATISSE
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO APPLY LATISSE?
Start by dabbing a little bit of product on the applicator (not dripping). Then draw the applicator carefully along the skin, starting at the base of the upper eyelashes, going from the inner part of your lash line to the outer part. Be careful to avoid your waterline and the lower lid as excess hair growth outside of the treatment area may occur. There can also be adverse side effects if the product gets in your eyes, so please avoid all contact of the product with your eyes.
How Does Latisse Work?
The active ingredient in Latisse is a lipid compound, known as bimatoprost. This drug was originally used to treat glaucoma, but it is now widely used to increase the length, volume and colour of patient’s eyelashes. Rather than placing it within the eye, as required to treat glaucoma, Latisse is applied along the upper eyelid lash line with the provided applicator. As you blink, the drug naturally spreads to your lower lash line. Almost all patients who have tried Latisse have noticed an increase in the length, and some experience an increase in the thickness and darkness.
The use of this product encourages the growth of thicker and longer eyelashes, occasionally helping with the darkening of the lashes as well. Patients are known to experience results of the treatment within one month of use, but the full results are to be seen after 16 weeks of daily application.
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FAQ's About Latisse®
No. Unlike eyelash extensions, that tend to pull out your natural eyelashes as you wear them, Latisse does not make your eyelashes fall out. It helps to thicken, darken, and lengthen your natural lashes while using the product. If you decide to discontinue your treatment plan, your eyelashes will just return to their natural state in the weeks to months following.
We only recommend using the sterile applicator that is provided in the packaging of the Latisse product. The use of Q-Tips or any other object for application is not recommended. There is also an applicator provided for each eye to ensure sterilization, and the best possible results. For each application, you will use two applicators total, one of each eye. This is also to avoid moving bacteria from one eye to the other, which can cause infection.
For the best results, you will need to apply Latisse once a day for 16 weeks. Using the product more than once a day will not help to improve your lashes, or help them grow faster. After the 16 week mark, you can start to apply the product once every 2 or 3 days.
Although very rare, these are the potential side effects of using Latisse:
- Redness of the thin tissue sitting over the eye
- Itchy, red eyes
- Dry eyes
- Darkened eyelids
- Darkened, brown or pigmentation in the iris
- Hair growth around the eyes if the medication regularly runs or drips off the eyelids.
A lot of these side effects are due to the misapplication of the product. A member of our Medical Team will discuss if this product is right for you first and go over all of the necessary treatment steps. If you experience any of the adverse effects, please stop the treatment immediately and call Skin Vitality for a follow up appointment.