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There isn’t a woman out there who wouldn’t prefer to have longer, thicker eyelashes. Some of us have always had thinner eyelashes. For others, their eyelashes have thinned due to overzealous plucking in our younger years. Long-term use of mascara can also thin your upper eyelashes.

At Smooth Solutions, Dr. Bertolino has an option for growing your own thicker, longer eyelashes. It’s called Latisse. This FDA-approved prescription topical application has been shown to improve the length and fullness of the upper eyelashes.

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What is Latisse?

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Latisse is an eyelash growth system, the first of its kind. Latisse is a prescription treatment that Dr. Bertolino can make available for our patients. Latisse is applied to the upper lashes once daily to stimulate the lashes to grow naturally, giving you the thick, long lashes you’ve always wanted.


How does it work?

As with many things such as Velcro, Latisse was discovered when scientists were researching something else. You may have heard of the company Allergen, the makers of Botox. Their scientists 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 Latisse requires consistent, diligent application; it doesn’t work overnight. The active ingredient, bimatoprost, is the key. When you apply Latisse nightly on the upper lash, just like you do with eyeliner, the bimatoprost in Latisse stimulates the lashes to grow. The treatment works gradually, and your eyelashes will experience real growth over time, generally 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.


Who is a good candidate for Latisse?

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If your eyelashes have thinned and have less actively growing hair follicles, you’re likely a great candidate for Latisse with Dr. Bertolino. This may be the result of overplucking your eyelashes when you were younger. It can happen due to a reaction to mascara over the years. It can be due to aging. Or you can simply have less than thrilling eyelashes.

As described above, the active ingredient in Latisse, bimatoprost, stimulates your hair follicles to spend more time in the anagen/growth phase, where they may have been spending more time in transition or resting phase.

The only real reason a person cannot have Latisse (at least not at the present time) is if they have an active eye infection or other issues such as macular degeneration or glaucoma. Pregnant women cannot use Latisse, as it has not been studied by the FDA in that group.

For women whose eyelash decrease is due to alopecia areata, Latisse may not be as effective.


What are the benefits of Latisse?

The huge number of products in the mascara category is a testament to the desire for women everywhere to have longer, thicker eyelashes. And false eyelashes don’t cut it.

The cool thing about Latisse is that it stimulates your own body to grow the hair. Bimatoprost stimulates the hair follicles so you grow your own thicker, longer, more awesome eyelashes.


What kind of results can I expect with Latisse?

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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:

  •     25% increase in lash length
  •     106% increase in lash thickness/fullness
  •     18% increase in lash darkness

How long will my results from Latisse last?

Patients usually achieve their peak eyelash growth at around 10 weeks. To maintain your results over time, you can then cut your Latisse use to every other night. This will keep your eyelashes from becoming dormant for long periods.


What will happen if I stop using Latisse?

If you decide to completely stop applying Latisse to your eyelashes, they will gradually return to their former state. They’ll lose the extra thickness, length, and color provided by the medication. This can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months or more for this to occur.


What are the risks involved with Latisse?

Latisse is generally safe and effective. The side effects associated with it are often due to sloppy application. This can create redness in the whites of the eyes. It can also make the eyes itchy and red. It can also create dryness with the person’s eyes.

In very rare instances, Latisse can darken the eyelids if it is applied away from the eyelashes.


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