Want luscious eyelashes? Sometimes mascara just isn’t enough to make your lashes as long and full as you’ve always wanted them to be. We’ve recently been giving attention to lash-lengthening options, and now’s a great time to try a cosmetic enhancing treatment like Latisse® at Albuquerque’s Western Dermatology Consultants. But what exactly is this product and how does it produce such miraculous results?

Lush eyelashes have long symbolized beauty and femininity for women, especially because they frame and accentuate the eyes. But many people are insecure about having short or sparse natural eyelashes. This insufficient length may because of aging or damage to the follicles.

Latisse® is an FDA-approved, topical product that is meant for volumizing, lengthening, and darkening eyelashes. While it is still not fully understood how it works, it is believed to increase the length of the growth phase of hair cells, as well as grow more of them. Patients using Latisse® find it to be a simple process: You use a sterile applicator to apply Latisse® onto the upper lash line each night and watch as the lashes become visibly more dramatic as time passes. This effect lasts as long as you use Latisse®. If you stop, your lashes will gradually return to their previous look.

People who have applied Latisse® can continue to use mascara as they normally would. Bimatoprost, the active ingredient in the product, was originally used in another form as eye drops to treat glaucoma—before it was discovered that it had the unintended benefit of making eyelashes thicker.

Latisse® does have a few possible mild side effects, including dry eyes, darkened eyelids, and red eyes. Eye doctors and dermatologists are typically more knowledgeable about this prescription medication than most general practitioners would be. It’s important to only use this product under the direction of a knowledgeable and experienced medical professional.

Learn more about Latisse® and other cosmetic treatments available in Albuquerque from Western Dermatology Consultants. Our team is available to answer any questions you may have. Connect with us today by phoning (505) 855-5503 or writing to us directly.