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Latisse: Before & After: What to Expect

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Some of us are just born with great eyelashes. As for the rest of us, we will go to any length to enhance and magnify our lashes to make them look full-bodied, dark, and long. 

Are you tired of trying every eyelash enhancing mascara out there, fumbling with false eyelash applications, and feeling disappointed when expensive lash thickening serums don’t do what they claim? Now there is another way with a revolutionary product that promotes eyelash growth. 

We are committed to offering solutions that help you look and feel your best. With Latisse, you can achieve fuller, darker, and longer natural lashes. 

In this blog, we discuss the benefits of Latisse and what results to expect. Read on to find out how Latisse works. 

What is Latisse and What Does It Do

Latisse is the only prescription eyelash enhancement product approved by Health Canada. It is a topical application applied directly to the upper eyelashes. 

The active ingredient in Latisse, known as bimatoprost, was first manufactured and used for treating glaucoma in patients by lowering the high intraocular pressure. Long eyelashes were an unexpected side effect of this. 

Bimatoprost causes your lashes to grow longer and thicker by increasing the growth phase of eyelash hair follicles or extending the lash cycle. The results are lashes that don’t fall out as quickly and keep growing for longer. 

Before & After Latisse

As with all products, you can have different results depending on your body. These include differences in both sets of eyelashes in length, thickness, the direction of eyelash growth, or pigmentation (darkening). 

Application is on clean, dry skin, once a day to the upper lashes as if you are applying eyeliner. It comes with single-use disposable applicator brushes, and it’s not suitable or meant for the lower lashes. 

Noticeable changes can happen in as little as 4 to 8 weeks, but you can expect ideal results close to 16 weeks. The lashes go back to pre-treatment length over several weeks to months when you stop using Latisse. 

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What To Expect

A study has shown that Latisse increases eyelash length in less than 2 months. It is essential for anyone who wishes for eyelash enhancements to educate themselves on usage, application, and possible side effects. 

Since Latisse is a prescription serum, you have to speak to your healthcare professional about your concerns, other prescription medications you are on, allergies you may have, overall health, and whether the risks outweigh the benefits. 

Side effects are minimal but can occur as with any product use. Some of the side effects of using Latisse go away after you stop using the product for several weeks to months:

  • Dryness
  • Red eyes
  • Itching or watery eyes
  • Eye discomfort
  • Hair growth, if applied anywhere other than on the upper lashes.
  • Can cause brown discoloration of the coloured part of the eye

To increase the effects of Latisse, get the best results, and prevent side effects:

  • Use provided applicators only once to prevent eye infections.
  • Remove contact lenses and make-up before applying. You can put your contacts in after 15 minutes.
  • Use Latisse as part of your nighttime care routine and leave it overnight. 
  • Do not let the dropper touch any surface.
  • Do not apply in the eye or on any other part of the eye. It works best at the root of the upper lashes. 
  • Blot excess solution. 
  • Discuss any queries or concerns with your eye doctor before starting any treatment. 

Latisse may not be for everyone. For example, those with sensitive skin may experience some irritation or allergic reactions to the ingredients if they are not careful how they apply the serum or use it properly. 

Pregnant women or women who are nursing should wait before they begin treatment. Also, people with other eye ailments should first talk to their optometrist to see whether they are a good candidate for Latisse. 

Results You Can See

With consistent and proper usage of Latisse, almost anyone can have the eyelashes of their dreams. And once you reach your desired results, you can always speak to your optometrist about maintaining your prescription. 

Because Latisse is a prescription product, why not schedule a consultation with Red Deer Eye Care Centre and speak to one of our optometrists about whether it’s right for you. 

Written by Dr. Daryl Berger

Dr. Berger was born and raised in Red Deer. After studying at Red Deer College and the U of A, he graduated with honours from the optometry program at Waterloo in 2007. Daryl enjoys music, cars, biking, hiking, snowboarding and travel. He and his wife, Pamela, have twin boys and a dog named Gus.
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