It has been said that the eyes are the window to our souls, which makes our custom mink lashes very important cosmetically. Just look at all the attractive stars and you will soon realize, they all wear false eyelashes to enhance the beauty of their eyes.
This leads to our obsession and love affair with the mascara. When asked what three things you want to take with you when isolated on an island, women stated that mascara was one of their three “must have” items. We women WILL say that we suffer from eyelash “hypotrichosis.” This means we think our custom mink lashes are not thick, dark or long enough – the eyelashes we were born with are just never good enough! We all know that fabulous lashes are key to sexy, attractive and youthful eyes!
I know the draw of longer, thicker custom mink lashes is very strong. I even went to the extreme of having eyelash extensions put on my already “adequate” eyelashes for my brother’s wedding two years ago. The extensions made my eyes look so fabulous that my friends immediately developed lash envy and signed up for their own lash extensions. I felt super confident batting my sexy extensions for about 3 weeks then my own eyelashes started breaking off as the extensions fell off! I was horrified about how I looked with short stubby broken eyelashes that I went through the effort of applying false eyelashes everyday for over a year until I grew my eyelashes back!
The great news for all of us who want more fab custom mink lashes is that a new innovation in eyelashes is now available. LATISSE (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.03% is the first and only prescription treatment approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for hypotrichosis that is used to grow your own eyelashes, making them longer, thicker and darker.
As a cosmetic dermatologist in San Diego, I often hear from my patients who ask about aesthetic treatments for their eyelashes. With LATISSE, for the first time, I’m excited to offer my patients a science-based treatment supported by extensive research and a favorable safety profile.
Available only through a doctor, LATISSEis a once-daily treatment applied to the base of the upper custom mink lashes with a sterile, single-use-per-eye disposable applicator.
The onset of effect with LATISSEsolution is gradual. As the treatment progresses, users begin to see changes in length, thickness and darkness. While individual results may vary, LATISSEusers can expect to experience results in as little as eight weeks with significant results in 16 weeks. To maintain effect, continued treatment with LATISSEsolution is required.”
Anctr Although the precise mechanism of action is unknown, LATISSEis believed to affect the growth phase of the eyelash hair cycle by increasing the length of, and the number of hairs in, the growth phase. If use of LATISSEis discontinued, eyelashes are expected to return to their previous appearance over several weeks to months.
LATISSEwas clinically tested to assess its safety and efficacy. By the end of the 16-week treatment period, patients treated with LATISSEsolution experienced 25% increase in length,106% increase in thickness/fullness and 18% increase in darkness.
LATISSEwas also well tolerated and the most commonly reported side effects after using LATISSEsolution are an itching sensation in the eyes and/or eye redness. This was reported in approximately 4% of patients.
For us Asians who have only dreamt of long, thick and dark custom mink lashes that many of my Latino patients take for granted, this may be the answer to our prayers. My staff and I have been personally using Latisse for over two months now, and we sometimes stop and compare lashes and all of us are thrilled that this really works! And for $100 month, it also is an economical way to make us feel so much better and happier everyday. If we are willing to apply mascara everyday, applying Latisse every night for natural thicker, longer and darker lashes is not too much to ask for.
Spring is the perfect time to start Latisse, in a couple of months, imagine your first summer without truly needing mascara. Imagine swimming and working out without worrying about your mascara running, while still having the confidence of knowing your custom mink lashesare fabulous on their own! We’re on our way to a great low-maintenance summer with fab lashes!
Dr Tess Mauricio is a Board Certified Dermatologist, a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine, and a Summa Cum Laude graduate of The University of California San Diego. She is the founder of Scripps Ranch Dermatology & Cosmetic Center and was the youngest woman to hold the position of President of The San Diego Society of Dermatologic Surgery. Dr Mauricio is also a published author, renowned speaker and physician educator.