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Longer, Fuller Lashes With Latisse Eyelash Serum

Sick and tired of puny lashes, fillers, and eye lash glue?

Maybe you’ve tried magnetic lashes? Maybe they’re great if you prefer to look totally unnatural and borderline wide-eyed and crazy. Or can be interchanged with Post-It notes with a hint of refrigerator magnet?

Have no fear! Options are here! Grow your own! Grow them long enough to sweep the floor. Like Miracle Grow for your lashes, Latisse Eyelash Serum does the job. 

Investing in a serum that is into naturally growing lashes may be worth the investment.

You might have heard about Latisse Eyelash Serum. It’s pretty popular! Originally developed for Glaucoma patients, doctors noticed the side effects ended up longer, thicker lashes. Latisse has been on the market and FDA approved since December 2008. Is it safe? How do you use it? And how do we know it really works?

Let me explain…

Latisse is a new cosmetic product released by Allergan, makers of Botox and Juvederm. Adding to the products that come as full cosmetic improvements. Latisse is the first and only FDA-approved serum for insufficient eyelashes or hypotrichosis. Latisse grows, thickens, and darkens your lashes naturally.

How Does Latisse Eyelash Serum Work?

Well, it’s not fully understood. Considering Latisse was discovered as a side effect for another drug, the process is still kind of a mystery. Similar to hair on your head, the hair grows and eventually falls out. Latisse is like Nutrafol Natural Supplements for eyelashes. It extends the growth phase and increases the hair amount that sprouts. 

You may begin to see results as early as two months with nightly use. After three to four months your doctor may recommend reducing your treatment schedule to every two days. With Latisse, if you don’t continue treatment your eyelashes will return to their original state. 

After a 16 week study:

  • Eyelash length increased by 25 percent.
  • Thickness and fullness increased by 106 percent.
  • Eyelash darkness increased by 18 percent.

Are There Any Side Effects of Latisse Eyelash Serum?

Eye dryness or redness – The serum itself sometimes causes dryness in the eyes which makes them susceptible to looking red at times. With consistent use, this side effect may eventually fade away.

Change in eye color  – Although this side effect is listed for Latisse and is worrisome for some people, there have been claims that there isn’t a single case of Iris color change in Latisse users.

The side effect was documented with people using the actual glaucoma medication, where their entire eye is exposed to the medication with an eye dropper. Even then, eye color change only happens in 1-2% of patients.

Eyelid darkening –  Eyelid darkening has been documented, however. This is found to both go away or be permanent with discontinued use. Depending on the patient.

Latisse Eyelash Serum… is an innovation in lashes!

Latisse Eyelash Serum (also a bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.03% is the first and only prescription treatment approved by the FDA for inadequate or not having enough eyelashes, growing them longer, fuller and darker.

It works effectively.

The active ingredient in Latisse is bimatoprost and even though the exact process isn’t understood, research suggests that Latisse increases the hairs in the growth phase. Your eyelashes can grow thicker, longer, and darker because the active ingredient bimatoprost allows the growth phase to last longer.

You can trust Latisse because it’s been clinically proven to see results over time. Proven and effective with once-a-day treatment you apply to the base of your upper lashes leaves you with results in as few as 2 months. With full results after 12 up to 16 weeks. 

Latisse is the one and only Eyelash Serum backed by research. Developed over the years by Allergan, a leader in pharmaceuticals with over 60 years of expertise in eye care products.

A few tips for the best results:

Application. Like most medications, being consistent and precise with Latisse sets you up for the best possible results. With the basic guidelines and a little patience, results will start to show up in as little as 8 weeks. Take before and after progress pictures to chart your progression from the beginning of treatment to the full results. 

Applying Latisse is as easy as dabbing it on the upper lash line every night with new applicators with each dose. When you blink the serum spreads to your lower lash line. Based on studies, research says to never apply it in your eyes or on your lower lid, and your face must be clean, no make-up. Also, contact lenses must be removed.

Avoid wasting products by using too much serum. Apply one drop, according to the instructions, directly to the brush for each eye. To ensure the right amount, try putting a drop in the cap and dipping your brush into the drop amount. Try applying the one drop to both eyes.

Applicators. Each applicator is meant for a one-time use. Re-using applicators can cause problems like an allergic reaction or eye infections. Avoid applying Latisse on other skin areas since it may promote additional hair growth.

Cut the brush in half. Some people try to extend the lifespan of the brush, although it’s not recommended. However, one user explained that cutting the brushes in half will use less product and the product can be applied more carefully and efficiently.

Make Sure You Get the Facts. Make sure you’re aware of all the details. When it comes to worrying about change in eye color. A dermatologist, Dr. Gina, who was interviewed about this side effect says: “Everyone who comes in asks, ‘doesn’t Latisse turn your eyes brown?,’” Gina says. She understands how the rumor got started; its active ingredient, bimatoprost, is used in glaucoma treatment. And in that treatment, patients pour the ingredient directly into their eyes every day; some patients experienced darkening eye colors, with blue eyes changing to shades of brown. “Latisse, however, is used by placing the serum on top of the lash line, not pouring it into the eye. In clinical trials, eye color didn’t change because it’s applied with a brush just above the upper lash line,” Gina explains. “I remind people to get the gossip out of their heads.”

Maintain Your Application Tool. Latisse comes with 60 applicators individually wrapped for sanitation. They work to allow the product to be delivered to the lash line precisely and accurately. However, Gina prefers to use a clean, fine-point eyeliner brush to apply the solution instead. “The packaged brushes can collect products. But a liner brush is thinner, holds less product and allows me to be more precise—something that makes a prescription last longer,” she says. If using your own brush, Gina stresses an important point: “application has to be sanitary, so the brush must be clean.”

Have Patience. The best tip for the lash growth serum according to Dr. Gina. “Be regimented with it. If you only do it once in a while—say, using it once a week—it doesn’t give the greatest results,” she says of the solution that is proven to provide semi-permanent results. Make sure to apply Latisse every night as your before bed routine to make sure you get the most out of Latisse and the results.

Expect to get the right kind of attention! “People always ask me if my lashes are real,” Gina confesses. “Yes, they’re real.” Not only real but Gina’s lashes have become longer, thicker, and darker using Latisse Eyelash Serum, as the serum suggests. But it’s this benefit that speaks to the lazy girl in us all: “I can go out of the house without applying mascara,” she notes.

The medication bimatoprost is also known or marketed under the name Lumigan which is used in prescriptions for Glaucoma. The active ingredient bimatoprost is what researchers say is the reason for the unexpected side effect of longer lashes which lead to the creation of Latisse Eyelash Serum.

Regularly applying Latisse to the top lash line on the upper lid encourages growth of longer, thicker and darker eyelashes. Follow medication details for daily use for at least two months to start to see results. As long as you’re consistent with medications, improvements will remain. If you stop use of Latisse Eyelash Serum, your lashes will return to their original state.

Especially formulated for those who feel they live with inadequate lashes, or us girls who prefer longer, thicker lashes. It may be time to replace your mascara! Ask Dr. Balshi at Balshi Dermatology about purchasing Latisse Eyelash Serum.

Looking for Longer, Thicker, and Dark Lashes? Call Balshi Dermatology in Delray Beach, FL About Latisse Eyelash Serum

Latisse is a topical formula that can be prescribed by a dermatologist. Discuss the benefits of Latisse with Dr. Balshi to see if it is right for you! Once prescribed, Latisse is applied each night, and the patient can watch as the lashes become more enhanced.

If you would like to learn more about your options for Latisse Eyelash Serum as an eyelash enhancement prescription, schedule a consultation with Dr. Balshi at (561) 272-6000 or send us a message on our Contact Us Page to set up an appointment.