Raise your hand if you like the idea of Botox and fillers, but needles just aren’t your thing. Well, here’s some good news for you: another great option in the battle against aging comes in a small bottle, requires no needles, no discomfort, and heck, you can even apply it yourself, in the comfort of your own home.
We’re talking about Latisse.
For those of you who’ve never heard of it – er hello, where HAVE you been;) – Latisse is the result of an accidental side effect of Lumigan, a glaucoma drug historically used to treat high eye pressure. Doctors are yet to fully understand exactly how Latisse works, but it was approved by the FDA in 2008 as a topical prescription medication for treating patients with hypotrichosis (sparse eyelashes) and has since gained a huge following with anyone wanting to grow their eyelashes longer, fuller and darker.
Latisse works by increasing the growth (anagen) phase of your eyelash hair cycle. By increasing the length of this phase, hairs stay put, thus growing longer, thicker and stronger. Simple, right?
The best thing is after having it prescribed at the doctor’s office (please don’t buy it anywhere else – two words: gray market) you simply apply Latisse yourself every evening to the base of your upper lashes using a single, one-time use brush applicator. It takes about six weeks to see real results, but boy are these results worth it.
OK, so thicker, longer lashes, we get it. But can Latisse really be coined an anti-aging treatment, per se? Well, it might not offer the results of a surgical eye lift, but you’ve all seen the results of a quick slick of mascara, haven’t you? Darker, longer, more defined lashes instantly open your eyes and seem to visibly lift your entire face for a more youthful look. So, just think of the joy of waking up with baby-doll eyes.
Every. Single. Morning.
There have also been whispers that applying Latisse can temporarily improve hooding of the upper eyelids, but this has yet to be tested and proven for safety. Furthermore, many women are using it on their brows to achieve the dark arches they’ve always dreamed of, but again this has not yet been FDA-approved, so let’s gloss over these extras for now.
So, are there any downsides to Latisse? Well, there’s always the chance that continued use could turn the color of your eyes a little darker, especially for patients with lighter colored irises, but speak to any ardent fan and they’ll say the slim odds are worth it.
Ask your aesthetic provider about adding Latisse to your treatment plan today. You won’t regret it.