While the cosmetic industry aims to attempt to make eyelashes look longer, thicker, and darker using eyeliner, mascara, eye shadow, fake eyelashes, and more, we now have the ability to actually grow your eyelashes longer! A prescription, FDA-approved medication called Latisse® may be applied to the eyelashes to safely and effectively double eyelash fullness in 16 weeks. We know that this medication is safe as the active ingredient, bimatoprost, was first released for use in the US in 2001 for the treatment of glaucoma.
Because Latisse® is a prescription medication, it is important to assess the health of your eyes with a thorough examination prior to starting treatment. At Gulfcoast Eye Care, we are able to perform this initial evaluation, take “before” and “after” photos, and we can even provide the medication to you at a discount through our office compared to the price you would find at most pharmacies. We usually plan for a follow-up check to make sure that you have not experienced any allergy or adverse reaction.
Some suggestions when using Latisse®
- Do not apply to the lower lid or in the eye and blot excess solution with a tissue.
- Avoid touching the tip of the bottle or applicator with your fingers or any other unintended surface, as contamination by common bacteria is known to cause infections.
- Remove contact lenses prior to applying Latisse® and do not reinsert them for about 15 minutes afterwards.
- Remember that if you stop using Latisse®, your eyelashes will gradually return to their previous appearance.
If you are interested in learning more about Latisse® and considering trying this exciting cosmetic enhancement, call us at Gulfcoast Eye Care today.
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