Latisse is derived from a medication that has been used for many years for patients with glaucoma but it had a desirable side effect of thickening, lengthening, and deepening the color of the eyelashes. Patients who have a condition known as hypotrichosis (known as little or no eyelashes) are found to benefit from Latisse medication made with .03% bimatoprost ophthalmic solution.
Dr. Matthew Doppelt of Southeastern Dermatology often recommends Latisse to patients who are unhappy with eyelash growth. Hypotrichosis is a rather uncommon condition but is one that has a negative cosmetic effect. Women often feel less feminine because of the lack of eyelashes and the inability to use mascara for improved results. When used regularly, patients can achieve a more attractive appearance with Latisse application.
Latisse is a medication that is only available through prescription, and cannot be obtained over-the-counter. Dr. Matthew Doppelt discusses with patients the advantages of using Latisse. He reviews how to use it by applying it to the upper eyelid every night with a sterile applicator. The medication will transfer to the lower lashes when the eyes are closed during sleep. After application, patients should blot any excess medication that may be left on the skin.
There are very few side effects associated with the use of Latisse, which is another advantage to treatment. Side effects may include itching and redness of the eyelid. In some cases, this will go away over time with use of the product, and other times the only way to address it is by discontinuing use. Discontinuing use, however, will cause the eyelashes to thin back to their original state. For patients who have achieved results, continued use is necessary, as stopping treatment will cause a reversal. There have been concerns about Latisse changing the pigmentation of the eyes, but this has only been reported in 4% of cases, and no confirmed studies exist that show the color in the eyes has been a direct relation to Latisse use.
If you live in or around the area of Knoxville, TN and want to work with a patient who can review whether Latisse is appropriate for eyelash growth, contact our team today at Southeastern Dermatology. We look forward to working with you in enhancing your natural appearance and combating cosmetic issues such as reduced or lacking eyelash growth.