Everyone wants big, bright, beautiful eyes, after all eyes are the  "Window to the Soul."  With the FDA approval of Latisse, physicians now have a prescription that can make patient's eyelashes longer and thicker, providing yet another complement to Botox, Fillers and other cosmetic approaches. 
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What is LATISSE™?

LATISSE is the first solution approved by the FDA and prescribed by our doctor to treat hypotrichosis to grow eyelashes and make them longer, thicker and darker.  To appreciate where we stumbled upon Latisse we must first understand its humble and somewhat unexpected beginnings.  Like many medical breakthroughs, eyelash enhancement had its beginnings as as an accidental discovery.  In the late 1990s and early 2000s, patients treated for glaucoma with bimatoprost the active ingredient in Latisse noted that the drug spurred eyelash growth.  Prostaglandin analogs are what is found in bimatoprost and believed to cause these changes.  Several examples of medications currently used for glaucoma that contain prostaglandin analogs are Xalatan, Lumigan and Travatan. 
Dr. Caglia has also treated thinning eyebrows with Latisse and consults with patients in Dallas, Plano, Frisco, Allen, McKinney, Texas area. 

How does LATISSE work?

LATISSE seems to affect the growth phase (anaphase) of your eyelashes by increasing the duration of this phase and increasing the number of hairs in this growth phase. This enables your lashes to grow longer, thicker and darker. There is an increase in melanogenisis causing the increased pigmentation resulting in darker lashes. 
In a study at 16 weeks patients exhibited a mean eyelash length of 1.4 mm with a 0.71 mm eyelash thickness/fullness.

How do I receive LATISSE treatments?

You will apply LATISSE once-a-day yourself each evening to the base of the upper eyelashes. Simply follow the basic guidelines in the product package and your results will come gradually over time. Great results don't happen over night. They are gradual. We recommend that you take a "Before" photograph of yourself prior to beginning your LATISSE treatments. Most patients generally begin to see results in about four weeks. Taking additional photographs about every four weeks will help you see the full effect of your eyelash transformation.
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Does LATISSE replace my mascara?

No, LATISSE does not replace your mascara. However, mascara is a great complement to LATISSE™ to help make your new longer eyelashes look even longer, thicker and more attractive.

What will happen to my eyelashes if I stop using LATISSE?

Your eyelashes will return to their previous appearance over several months if you stop using LATISSE.

What are the possible side effects of LATISSE?

Some patients have reported that after using LATISSE solution they experienced an itching sensation in the eyes and/or eye redness. Other less common side effects on the skin close to where LATISSE is applied include skin darkening, eye irritation, dryness of the eyes, and redness of the eyelids.  A very rare, but irreversible effect is brown darkening of the iris. This, however, was only noted in patients that were using bimatoprost for treatment of glaucoma and instilling the medication into the eye.  And even at that there is a low incidence of 1-3 percent. 

What is skin Hyperpigmentation?

This is a common skin condition in which areas of skin become darker than the surrounding skin color and may be a possible side effect of LATISSE. It is caused by an increase in the brown pigment that produces normal skin color, in the skin.

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Could LATISSE cause the color of my eyes to change?

Patients using a similar drug, placed directly into the eye, to treat elevated intraocular pressure/glaucoma have experienced a change in the color of their iris pigment. However, patients using LATISSE have not reported any iris pigment changes. This is most likely because LATISSE is only 5% of the volume and is applied to the base of the upper eyelashes vs.. when applied directly into the eye. Most of LATISSE™ is absorbed by the skin at the upper eyelid margin, therefore, this would be an extremely rare issue.

Is LATISSE safe?

LATISSE™ is an FDA-approved prescription treatment for hypotrichosis used to grow eyelashes, making them longer, thicker and darker. The FDA reviewed the LATISSE clinical study and found the product to be safe and effective for its intended use if used as prescribed.

If you're not happy with the lashes you were born with LATISSE™ is a great option that delivers real results.

Find out if you could benefit from Latisse. Schedule your consultation with our office today. Call 972-690-7070


[Page Last Edited on October 4, 2014] 


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