There’s no denying it—gorgeous eyelashes make an impact. Long, thick, dark eyelashes can make your eyes appear more dramatic and attractive. While many women turn to the aid of eyelash extensions or adhere to a daily ritual of applying false lashes with glue, others are waking up with luscious lashes every day with the power of Latisse®!
Lose Your Lash Envy with LATISSE®!
“I was looking for a solution to grow my short, brittle lashes longer and maybe even make them healthier in the process,” says Heather, a 25-year-old graduate student from Minneapolis, MN. “I had been getting eyelash extensions for years, and I think it took a toll on the overall condition of my lashes,” she continues, “they were just dry and stumpy and would break off all the time,” Heather says while touching her lashes. “I was already seeing Katie at Infinite Youth Medical Spa for my SkinPen® Microneedling treatments and asked her if there was anything I could do and she talked with me about Latisse®.”
What is Latisse®?
Manufactured by Allergan, the creator of Botox Cosmetic, Latisse® is an FDA-approved prescription treatment for hypertrichosis (inadequate or not enough lashes). The active ingredient in Latisse® is bimatoprost ophthalmic solution. It was developed to make eyelashes grow longer, fuller and darker over several weeks by increasing the duration of the active growth phase of your eyelashes.
How does Latisse® work? Are there side effects?
“Just as our skin ages, so do our eyelashes,” explains Katie McClellan PA-C, owner of Infinite Youth Medical Spa. “Lashes can become damaged, dry and brittle over time and regrowth can be sparse,” she continues. “When applied correctly and consistently, Latisse® stimulates your eyelashes’ active growth cycle allowing them to grow fuller and longer. As a result, lashes look darker and thicker, and their overall condition is improved.”
When used correctly, complications with Latisse® are rare. Side effects may include darkening of the skin at the lash line, sensitivity to the eye area and discoloration of the iris of the eye if the product is consistently getting in the eye as opposed to on the lash line.
How do I apply Latisse®?
“I instruct all of my first time Latisse® users on the proper application of the solution,” says Katie. “Each prescription comes with individually wrapped disposable applicators that are to be used and thrown away after each application to avoid cross-contamination and infection,” she explains. “Latisse® is applied nightly to your top lash line with one of these disposable applicators, much like how you’d apply liquid eyeliner.”
When do I see results with Latisse®?
Results don’t occur overnight with Latisse®. A full course of treatment includes daily application over 16 weeks to see optimal results in length, density, and darkening.
“I would say that is was right around week five that I noticed my lashes getting a little longer,” shares Heather. “By week eight they were definitely thicker and longer,” she continues. “By 14 weeks I couldn’t believe how awesome my lashes looked, especially with mascara on! My girlfriends actually asked me if I had had extensions put on again!”
If the use of Latisse® is discontinued, your lashes will gradually return to their normal state over a series of weeks. To maintain your results, continue to use Latisse® every night. Your provider may even recommend that you apply only every other night or even every third night to maintain your results.
How much does Latisse® cost? Is there any way I can save on my prescription?
Latisse® generally comes in a 3mL or 5mL size. Cost can range from $149-$179 depending on the practice from which you purchase you Latisse®. Luckily, Latisse® is an Allergan product, which means that patients can earn Brilliant Distinctions points with each purchase which can later be put towards a future Latisse® purchase, Botox or dermal fillers like Juvéderm!
“I can’t believe I used to waste my time getting two-hour long lash fills every 2-3 weeks with my eyelash extensions,” exclaims Heather. “I love the results I have gotten with Latisse® and anticipate using it from here on out and making it a part of my nightly skincare routine,” she continues. “Plus, with my Brilliant Distinctions points, Latisse® is far more cost effective than my eyelash extensions were. It’s a WIN-WIN!”
Stop being envious of other people’s gorgeous lashes and schedule a Latisse consultation to discuss Latisse® with Katie McClellan PA-C today!