At Empowering Health, we have Latisse! Have you heard about it?
LATISSE helps to grow eyelashes. It is mainly a cosmetic medication, but it does require a prescription.
While the substance works well for many people, it may not work for every condition that leads to thin or lost eyelashes, and it appears to work better for some people than others.
LATISSE is a medical treatment approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat hypotrichosis of the upper eyelashes. The active ingredient in LATISSE is a prostaglandin analogue, which helps to stimulate the follicles, so hair grows faster.
The main reason for LATISSE treatment is to address people who have shorter eyelashes and want longer ones. This condition may have a genetic component, but it is not a life-limiting medical condition, except where it causes insecurity or shame.
Many people have benefited from LATISSE treatments, which are easy to acquire after a quick consultation for a prescription. This prescription is required, as there are some complications from LATISSE that the individual must be informed of, and they should have an overseeing doctor who can manage side effects.
The active ingredient in LATISSE was originally used in a prescription medication called LUMIGEN, which treats high intraocular pressure (IOP), a potential sign of glaucoma. It can cause nerve damage in the eye, leading to vision loss.
A side effect of LUMIGEN was eyelash growth, which led to the development of the eyelash-growing serum. No one is completely sure how LATISSE stimulates hair growth, but it has worked for thousands of people all over the United States who want fuller, longer, darker eyelashes.
Common causes for eyelashes to fall out or become thinner include:
- Irritation from cosmetics.
- Blepharitis or eyelid irritation from clogged oil glands in the eyelash area.
- Trichotillomania, or an anxiety disorder that leads to pulling out hair, including eyelashes.
- Localized skin cancer, leading to hair loss.
- Alopecia areata.
If you suddenly lose your eyelashes, you may have an underlying medical condition that requires different treatment. LATISSE alone cannot solve this problem.
LATISSE specifically treats hypotrichosis, or thin or too-short hair, in the upper eyelash area. The medication is approved after an initial consultation for people who are 18 and older. It is not recommended by the FDA to anyone younger than 16 years old.
The medication is applied to the lash line of the upper eyelid once per day, using a disposable, sterile applicator.
People who benefit from LATISSE may include:
- Those with genetic causes of thinner or paler lashes.
- People with medical conditions that affect the eyes, eyelids, and eyelashes, leading to hair loss.
- People who have lost their hair due to an injury.
- Those who lost their hair due to radiation or chemotherapy during cancer treatment.
Although LATISSE requires a prescription, it is important to know that the serum does not start working immediately. It requires regular application for months to make hair follicles grow eyelashes longer and darker than before.