Hair Growth & Latisse
The study of beauty demonstrates two facial features that are most noticed by the human eye: the eyes and the lips. Larger eyes are not only more noticeable but studies done by Michael Cunningham at the University of Louisville suggested that larger eyes are also more attractive1. Long lashes accentuate and enhance the appearance of the eyes. Unfortunately, as we age, the eyelashes tend to get shorter and thinner.
Hair growth happens in stages or phases. The stages of hair growth are typically referred to as Anagen, Catagen and Telogen. The anagen phase is the actual growing phase for an individual hair and lasts for 1-2 months for eyelashes. Other types of hair can have an anagen phase of up to 6 years. The next phase, catagen, is a transition phase for the hair follicle and lasts for 1-2 weeks. Finally, the telogen phase is a resting phase for the hair follicle and lasts 4-9 months for eyelashes. The telogen phase is typically shorter for other hair types. At the end of the telogen phase the individual hair falls out and the follicle begins to grow anew. Each hair follicle moves through the phases individually.
Bimatoprost is a prostaglandin analog originally developed to treat the eye condition glaucoma. Some patients noted an increase in both the length and the thickness of their eyelashes while using bimatoprost eyedrops. In a fit of marketing genius (almost as good as “Labradoodle”), Allergan sought and won FDA approval for treating eyelash hypotrichosis (small and thin eyelashes) with bimatoprost. Latisse was born.
Latisse is used as a topical medicine applied to the upper eyelid at the base of the eyelashes. Latisse appears to extend the anagen phase of the eyelash hair follicle. This extension takes patience, up to sixteen weeks, due to the phases of hair growth and continued use to maintain eyelash size.
Side effects are uncommon and many, such as eyelid irritation or redness, are temporary even with continued use. Rarely the margin of the upper lid can darken and remain so for the duration of use but return to normal skin tone with discontinuation. The most serious side effect from bimatoprost was darkening of the pigment of the iris (the dark part of the eye) and came from using the drops to treat glaucoma. This side effect while very rare can be permanent.
For longer lashes that get your eyes noticed come talk to us about Latisse. Unable to use Latisse? We have other options; we can talk about lips too.
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Thank you for your time and attention,
Robert Zieber, MD
De Luz Medical Aesthetics
1. Measuring the physical in physical attractiveness: Quasi-experiments on the sociobiology of female facial beauty. Cunningham, Michael R. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol 50(5), May 1986, 925-935.