Inadequate eyelash growth can leave you vulnerable to the elements and insecure about your appearance. Aging, medical conditions or just genetics could be the cause of sparse, thin or even nonexistent eyelashes. Eyelash enhancement can help you achieve a more youthful and healthy look. Latisse is an FDA-approved prescription treatment that contains bimatoprost, an ingredient originally used for glaucoma that incidentally encourages eyelash growth. You can see new hair growth as well as longer, thicker eyelashes in 4-8 weeks
Lash conditioners are an alternative, non-prescription treatment that can be obtained at your plastic surgeon’s office and can help eyelashes look healthy and full. They do not contain bimatoprost, but have other ingredients that promote hair growth and hair health.
Am I a good candidate for eyelash enhancement?
You do not need to have an “insufficient” amount of lashes to use an eyelash enhancing product. When looking at a person, the tendency is to first look at the eyes, then track to the nose and the rest of the face. Small changes in the area around the eyes can have a dramatic effect on an individual’s perception. Studies show that long eyelashes and large eyes are considered a sign of youth. Having fuller lashes can give you a more refreshed, awake or feminine look without having to apply extra makeup.
If you do have sparse eyelashes, you may commonly experience eye discomfort due to dirt and debris. Longer lashes mean more protection for your eyes and less irritation from tiny particles in the air.
During your consultation, your doctor will review your medical history and perform a brief exam. If an eyelash enhancer is right for you, your physician will instruct you in its proper use to ensure that you know how to apply it properly at home. If there is another product or method that could help your particular situation, you doctor will recommend it and instruct you on proper application.
Your eyelash enhancement options
Latisse is a popular form of treatment to enhance eyelashes, but there are many other brands that offer growth, thickening or conditioning of lashes. To name a few, companies like Revitalash, Jan Marini, Obagi, SmartLash and Rapidlash all offer lash enhancing or conditioning treatment.
Your eyelash enhancing experience
Every eyelash enhancer generally has the same application process. Before applying any product, clean the face and eye area so that it is clean of makeup, dirt and facial products. Remove contacts and false eyelashes or extensions if applicable. Apply the product using applicator on the upper eyelashes going from the inside out. Do not apply in your eye or to the bottom lashes. Blot any excess and continue with opposite eye (with either the same or a different applicator).
Usually you apply eyelash enhancer at night so the product can be fully absorbed and irritation is kept to a minimum. It is important to be consistent and use as directed
Understanding the risks of eyelash enhancement
The prescription strength of Latisse lends to slightly more side effects that may include redness, itchiness, dry eyes, darkening of irises and at times skin darkening where applied. Other enhancers may have similar effects to varying degrees. It is crucial to read the information provided and speak to your doctor about the risks and side effects.
Eyelash enhancement can make your lashes look fuller, thicker and longer in the matter of weeks. Some see results in a few weeks, while others take the full eight weeks. Most enhancers will guarantee a noticeable improvement in sixteen weeks’ time.
Cost of eyelash enhancers
Non-prescription eyelash enhancers can cost anywhere from $40-$150. Latisse costs an average of $120 per bottle as a prescription and is usually not covered under insurance.
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