Introduced in early 2009, Latisse is a prescription treatment for hypotrichosis of the eye lashes. Hypotrichosis is a loss or reduction of hair that is permanent. Hypotrichosis can occur due to chemotherapy, which is seen when a person loses his or her hair or can sometimes be a congenital disorder, meaning someone is born with it. For one with hypotrichosis of the eyelashes, or a person with natural thinning or lack of full, think eyelashes, treatment with Latisse can bring about permanent longer, thicker and darker eyelashes.
How does it work?
There are 3 phases of hair growth - Anagen, Catagen and Talogen. Latisse is thought to affect the growth stage of eyelashes by increasing the duration of the Anagen phase, while increasing the number of hairs in the growth phase. Most people begin to see an increase in their lashes after about 3 or 4 weeks. By 16 weeks the lashes will have reached their full length and thickness. Discontinuation of Latisse will result in the gradual return of the lashes to their previous state.
How do I apply Latisse?
Latisse comes in a solution with 60 sterile applicators. Once per night, you apply the solution to your upper eyelashes. It is as simple as that! After 3-4 weeks of mirror watching, you, family and friends will notice that your eyelashes are longer, thicker and fuller. After 8 weeks of application, Second Skin advises to use the product every other night or every 3rd night. After 16 weeks, you will see the full effects of Latisse. Second Skin recommends that you come to our office to do an eyelash perm to curl the lashes so that they do not grow too straight and become bothersome.
Are there any side-effects to using Latisse?
Latisse does have some side effects, the most common of which are an itching sensation in the eyes and/or eye redness. These were reported in approximately 4% of patients.
Other less common side effects typically occur on the skin close to where Latisse is applied, or in the eyes. These include eyelid skin darkening, eye irritation, dryness of the eyes, and redness of the eyelids. Eyelid skin darkening is a result of increased melanin in the skin, making your eyelid skin look a little darker close to where the solution is applied to the skin. This is expected to reverse after several weeks to months if you decide to stop using the product.
How do I purchase Latisse?
You cannot purchase Latisse over the counter, and because Latisse is a prescription product, you will need to come in to Second Skin Medspa to complete a short medical consultation with a health professional prior to being able to purchase Latisse.
At Second Skin Medspa, we offer a variety of treatments that will keep your new thicker and longer lashes looking beautiful, including: Eyelash Perming and Eyelash and Eyebrow Tinting…which will emphasise your lashes and make your eyes POP! Watch the compliments roll in…
For more information, please visit our website www.secondskinmedspa.com or call us today to book your FREE consultation at 416.481.SKIN (7546).