I have offered eyelash and eyebrow enhancing products in my office for as long as they have been available and they are extremely popular, safe and effective. Patients love the results. I now offer LATISSE™ in my office and have been extremely happy with the results.
Each human eyelash lives an average of 5 to 6 months. The phase of the hair follicle and terminal hair (anagen) lasts 2 to 3 months. At the end of the eyelash growth, a brief transition stage of 2 to 3 weeks follows (catagen), with shortening of the hair follicle. Finally, the follicle enters a resting phase (telogen) of 2 to 3 months, leading to the detachment of the eyelash. Approximately 60% to 80% of the eyelashes are in the anagen phase. Several growth factors are involved with hair follicle growth and cycling. Androgens are the principal hormones that control sexual hair growth by receptors localized in the dermal papilla, but eyelashes seem not to be sensitive.
LATISSE™ (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.03%, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2008, is a novel treatment for hypotrichosis of the eyelashes. Eyelash hypotrichosis is another name for having inadequate or not enough eyelashes. LATISSE™ is the first FDA-approved, science-based treatment to enhance eyelash prominence as measured by increases in length, thickness and darkness of eyelashes.
Available only through a doctor, LATISSE™ is a once-daily prescription treatment applied to the base of the upper eyelashes with a sterile, single-use-per-eye disposable applicator. LATISSE™ users can expect to experience longer, fuller and darker eyelashes in as little as eight weeks, with full results in 16 weeks. To maintain effect, continued treatment with LATISSE™ is required. If use of LATISSE™ is discontinued, eyelashes will gradually return to where they were prior to treatment over a period of weeks to months (average eyelash hair cycle).
EYELASH AND EYEBROW ENHANCEMENT
- Works for thin, sparse, or short eyelashes or eyebrows
- Expect longer, fuller, curly, darker hairs
- Often allows for hair to re-grow even when formerly unable
- If you already have long eyelashes and want them longer
- Feel of lashes is softer and silkier
- Lost or absent eyebrows can often re-grow if hair follicle is present