If you’re one of the many women who have less than long, dark eyelashes, you’re probably sick of applying mascara, eyeliner, and maybe even the occasional false eyelashes.
What if there was a way to actually grow your eyelashes longer and thicker? No, you wouldn’t have to sell your soul to the devil. You’d simply have to come see Dr. Musick and have him prescribe Latisse. Latisse is the first and only FDA-approved prescription treatment for growing longer, fuller, darker eyelashes. Dr. Musick offers Latisse at Musick Dermatology.
How Does Latisse Work?
When our patients first hear about Latisse they’re skeptical. But this isn’t the stuff of late night infomercials. Latisse actually grows longer, darker, thicker eyelashes.
The discovery of Latisse was accidental. Scientists at Allergan were working on an eyedrop to relieve intraocular pressure in the eye. Subjects in the test found that their eyelashes grew during the study, so the company began testing the active ingredient, bimatoprost, specifically for growing eyelashes. It proved effective and the FDA approved it in December 2008. It is believed that the bimatoprost increases the anagen phase (that’s the growth phase) of the eyelashes.
But using Latisse isn’t for those without patience — you need to be diligent. You apply the product nightly on the upper lash, as if it were eyeliner. The bimatoprost in Latisse stimulates the lashes to grow. The treatment works gradually and your eyelashes will experience real growth over time. You’ll start to see longer lashes after four weeks and they will continue to improve to their peak at 12 to 16 weeks. But you must stay with it — once you start the treatment, the topical solution must be applied continuously each night until you achieve the desired results.
In tests, Latisse was shown to be effective in 78% of the participants at the end of the 16-week test period. Specifically, patients using Latisse experienced a:
- 106% increase in lash thickness/fullness
- 25% increase in lash length
- 18% increase in lash darkness