Latisse Eyelash Serum: Enjoy Thicker, Fuller Eyelashes
Let’s talk about eyelashes for a second. It seems like such a small facial feature, but thick, full eyelashes can make a huge difference in our appearance. If you want thicker, fuller, longer eyelashes, Latisse® eyelash serum can be a great option to consider.
We’ve talked about Latisse® before in our blog, but it’s worth repeating because it’s such a simple way to improve the look of your lashes. Latisse® is a prescription solution that you simply apply to your upper lashes once per day, and you may start to see some results in as little as four weeks although most patients don’t see the full results until about 16 weeks.
Latisse® eyelash serum’s active ingredient, bimatoprost, actually was formulated originally as a treatment for glaucoma. After patients began using this serum for glaucoma, they began to notice eyelash growth, and in 2008, the FDA approved the use of bimatoprost for use as an eyelash growth serum.
There are many over-the-counter eyelash growth serums, but none really yield the results of prescription-strength Latisse®. Over-the-counter serums include ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, biotin, and castor oil, and while these are safe ingredients, none of these has any clinical evidence showing that it truly promotes eyelash growth.
Latisse® Is Not For Everyone
Latisse® can be an option for most of our clients, however, it is not recommended for people younger than 18. This product also is not recommended for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you have eye conditions such as glaucoma, macular edema, or currently have eye inflammation, we recommend that you consult with an ophthalmologist prior to using this product.
Many people mistakenly believe that contact lens wearers cannot use Latisse® eyelash serum, but this is not the case. If you wear contacts, simply take them out before applying the serum, and then wait about 15 to 20 minutes before putting your contacts back on your eyes. Many of our clients simply use Latisse® at the end of the day, after they’ve taken out their contact lenses anyway.
How To Use Latisse® Eyelash Serum
Latisse® is easy to use, but it can be tricky to apply the first few times. The goal is to apply the serum at the base of the upper eyelashes, avoiding touching your skin, as Latisse® can stain the skin. In general, if you get a small amount of Latisse in your eyes, this is no cause for alarm, as this product was formulated originally to help those with glaucoma, an eye condition. Here’s a quick step-by-step Latisse® tutorial.
- Step One – Remove your contacts (if you wear them) and remove all makeup and cleanse your face. If you typically apply facial products, such as a moisturizer, go ahead and apply those products prior to using Latisse®.
- Step Two – Take out your sterile applicator and apply a drop of Latisse® close to the tip of the applicator but not directly on the tip.
- Step Three – Apply the serum carefully at the base of your upper eyelashes, at the point where lashes meet the skin.
- Step Four – Use a tissue to blot any solution that might have been applied beyond your eyelid. Toss the tissue and the applicator in the trash and repeat the entire process again for your other eye. The sterile applicator should only be used once and then thrown away to ensure safety.
How Long Does Latisse® Last?
This is one of our most frequent questions! Latisse® eyelash serum is not a permanent solution. While most patients will see the full results within 16 weeks, if you stop using Latisse®, eventually eyelashes will return to their previous condition. This won’t happen overnight, but in a few months, those lashes will lose their thickness and fullness, so it is recommended that you continue using Latisse® for as long as you wish to maintain the results.
When it comes to Latisse®, we always stress the importance of consistency and patience. You need to commit to using Latisse® every day for full results. If you do skip a day, don’t double up, simply apply once per day as usual. As stated above, it does take time for Latisse® to work, and while some people see results in just four weeks, many people will need to apply the serum for eight or 12 weeks before they start seeing those fuller, thicker lashes.
Collect Alle Points With Latisse®
Alle is a reward program where you earn points when purchasing certain cosmetic services and products. At Thaxton Plastic Surgery, we offer a myriad of services that earn points in the Alle program, including Botox®, chemical peels, lip augmentation, and even surgical options such as breast augmentation, tummy tucks, eyelid surgery, thigh lifts, upper arm lifts and much more.
You also can earn points when you purchase Zo Obagi skincare products. It’s free to sign up with Alle and we highly recommend that you download the app and give it a try. When it comes to Latisse®, you can earn 70 points when you purchase a 3.5ml bottle of the eyelash serum and 140 points with the 5ml bottle.
The team at Thaxton Plastic Surgery can provide you with a range of services, including surgical options such as a face lift, mommy makeover surgery, ear tuck surgery, skin cancer surgery, rhinoplasty and much more, including carpal tunnel surgery and scar revision. Dr. Thaxton is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons and is a member of the prestigious Aesthetic Society.
We offer many non-surgical procedures including Botox®, lip fillers, CoolSculpting, ThermiTight®, ThermiVa®, Cellfina®, Juvéderm®, miraDry® and more. Aside from Latisse®, our medi-spa treatments include dermaplaning, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, facials, eyebrow waxing and tinting, SkinPen treatments and more. We offer a full array of services to help our clients look and feel their very best.
If you are interested in Latisse® eyelash serum or any of our spa treatments, non-surgical treatments, or surgical services, don’t hesitate to give us a call at any time. We are conveniently located in downtown Charleston at 505 Capitol Street.