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How does Latisse Work?

Woman with Nice Eyelashes in Edmonton

How Did Eye Doctors Discover Latisse?

Latisse was discovered almost by accident- patients receiving glaucoma treatment from their eye doctors began to notice hair growth as a side effect of using the drug “Bimatoprost”- a drug approved by the FDA in 2001. It was a short leap for Optometrists to realize the potential use of the drug to promote eye lash lengthening and thickening. Latisse went through the various regulatory tests and trials required by the FDA and was approved for use at the end of 2008 and the rest is history.

The interesting part is that while research shows us what happens and when, the fact remains that science can’t tell us exactly WHY it works. It just does.

What Happens Once I Start Using Latisse?

Normally, your eye lashes go through the normal life cycle that all your hair does. It grows out, lengthens, then goes dormant, and falls out when it dies to be replaced by new hair.

Using Latisse over a period of a few months causes your lashes to change their normal growth cycle. It generally takes about 12 to 16 weeks of daily use to see the effects in full, but when your lashes grow in, there will be more eyelashes and the growth cycle is extended- which means they will keep growing for a period of time.

You get longer, darker lashes and more of them, for a longer period of time.

Mascara will probably always be found in the cosmetics arsenal of people all over the world but, for some people, Latisse may put it out of daily use.

Before you can use Latisse you must have an eye examination to ensure that your eyes are healthy and to rule out some of the possible reactions that can occur in some people. Symptoms similar to Dry Eye can occur and a darkening of the skin on the eyelid can occur. In rare cases, light coloured eyes can actually darken although this is extremely rare. Make an appointment with Dr. Nolt to see if Latisse is a good option for you.