“Do You Need a Prescription?” 10 Common Questions About Latisse

Many people have dreamed of having bold, beautiful eyelashes. For years, people had to rely solely on makeup to enhance their lashes, but those days are long over. Today there is a scientifically proven treatment that can dramatically improve your eyelashes. Latisse, offered by Physician Artistry in Sterling, Virginia, can get you the dark, thick eyelashes that you’ve always dreamed about.

Do You Need a Prescription? 10 Common Questions About Latisse

1. What Is Latisse?

Latisse is the brand name for an FDA-approved prescription liquid solution that has been proven to promote eyelash growth, length, and thickness. It is used by people around the world who are suffering from thinning or inadequate eyelashes or those who want to improve the appearance of their lashes. This product’s development has followed a unique journey.

Interestingly, this product was not originally developed as a beauty treatment. Instead, the active ingredient in the treatment, bimatoprost, was used in medicated eye drops to treat eye disease. As the patients used these drops, researchers noticed a wonderful new effect of this treatment. The patients grew longer, fuller eyelashes. The researchers realized that this treatment could help people who had thin or inadequate lashes, and they conducted more research on bimatoprost.

A New Treatment Is Born

The researchers did a clinical trial to ensure the safety and ineffectiveness of the new treatment, and in December 2008, the Federal Drug Administration approved Latisse. This solution was now the first prescription treatment that could help people grow darker, fuller, and longer lashes.

A Success Story

The introduction of this new product was a life-changing development for people who struggle with thinning lashes. In the years that followed its approval in 2008, people have purchased millions of Latisse kits.

2. Do You Need a Prescription to Use It?

Latisse is an FDA-approved topical solution. This treatment must be used under the supervision of a medical professional, and it is not available over-the-counter. You must have a prescription from a medical professional to purchase this product. A wide variety of medical professionals can prescribe this treatment. For instance, plastic surgeons, ophthalmologists, and primary care doctors are all able to issue prescriptions.

However, not all medical professionals have experience prescribing this product. You should consult a medical provider who is knowledgeable about this treatment. The medical professionals at Physician Artistry are very familiar with this treatment and can provide you with a prescription if it’s right for you.

3. Does It Really Work?

Yes, it does! Although individual results may vary, most people who use the product experience positive results. In a clinical study, most patients saw results after sixteen weeks of use. In particular, patients experienced an increase in lash length, thickness, fullness, and darkness.

A Clinical Trial Shows Impressive Results

A clinical trial demonstrated very impressive results for a majority of patients. Specifically, data showed that 78% of people in the study who used the product experienced an improvement in their eyelashes by the end of the sixteen-week treatment period. The patients experienced a dramatic 106% increase in the fullness of their lashes. They also experienced a 25% increase in the length of their lashes and an 18% increase in the darkness of their lashes.

4. Can It Fix Thinning Lashes?

It’s common to experience thinning lashes. Many people suffer from eyelash hypotrichosis, or inadequate eyelashes. Certain medications or other health conditions can also cause people to have thinning lashes and decreased eyelash growth. This product has improved the eyelash growth of many people with these conditions.

If you are experiencing lessened eyelash growth and thickness, you may experience positive results while using this product. The medical professionals at Physician Artistry can help you decide whether this treatment is right for you.

5. When Can You Expect to See Results?

Patience is key! You can’t expect to see results overnight, so don’t get upset if your lashes don’t grow right away. Your lashes will slowly grow over time as you continue to use the solution. Some patients will notice longer lashes after using the product for about a month. People often experience the complete effect of the treatment after about four months of consistent use. However, individual results may vary.

Stopping Use

The results are not permanent. If you stop using the solution, your eyelashes will slowly return to how they looked before you began using the product. This transformation can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months.

6. Can You Still Use Eye Makeup?

Don’t throw out your favorite mascara just yet! You don’t have to give up your eye makeup while you’re using this treatment. It is safe to continue applying mascara, eye shadow, and other types of makeup while you’re using this product. However, you should wash off all eye makeup before you apply the solution. Always wait for fifteen minutes after using the solution before you put on any makeup.

7. Is It Right for Everyone?

This wonderful treatment can dramatically transform your eyelashes in a matter of months. That said, it’s not for everyone. Read on to learn more about whether this product is right for you.

Talk to Your Doctor if You Have Eye Conditions

People who have allergies to bimatoprost or other ingredients in the solution should not use this treatment. Similarly, people who have glaucoma, eye pressure issues, or other eye diseases should talk to their eye doctor about whether this treatment is right for them. Likewise, if you are at risk for eye disease, experience eye infections, or other eye issues, you should consult your eye doctor before using this product.

Do Not Use While Pregnant or Nursing

Researchers have not tested the use of this treatment on women who are pregnant or nursing. You should not use this treatment during these times. Talk to your doctor or medical professional to learn more about when it’s appropriate to resume or begin use after pregnancy.

Suitable for Men and Women

Women aren’t the only ones who enjoy using this solution! This treatment is appropriate for both men and women, and many men have successfully used this product to get longer, fuller eyelashes.

Suitable for Contact Wearers

Is your vision less than 20/20? Fortunately, you don’t need perfect vision to get the benefits of this treatment. Contact wearers can safely use this solution. However, you must take out your contact lenses before you apply the solution and leave your contacts out for fifteen minutes after application. We can provide more information about how contact wearers can safely use this product when you come to talk to us.

8. How Does It Work?

Scientists don’t know exactly how this treatment works yet. However, they believe that it improves your eyelashes by increasing the length of their growth cycle.

The Four-Step Growth Cycle of Your Eyelashes

Like the hair on the top of your head, your eyelashes have a four-step growth cycle. First, additional hair will break off from an existing hair follicle. Second, this hair will grow out to its full length. We call this the growth, or anagen, step. Third, at the end of the growth stage, the hair will fall out. In the fourth and final step of the cycle, the old hair will be replaced with a new piece of hair that breaks off from the follicle, and the cycle will repeat.

The Solution’s Effect on the Cycle

Scientists believe that this treatment may lengthen the time that your eyelashes spend in the growth, or anagen, step during this cycle. The treatment may also increase the number of eyelashes in this phase at any given time. As a result, the eyelashes may grow for a longer time, perhaps allowing the lashes to become longer and fuller.

9. How Do You Use It?

This topical solution is very easy to use. You can apply it yourself, in the privacy of your own home.

Follow a Simple Process

Before you apply the solution, wash your hands and take out your contacts (if you wear them). Also, clean off your makeup and clean your upper eyelids.

Next, place a drop of the solution on the single-use, sterile applicator brush that came with your kit. Then, apply the fluid to the base of your upper eyelid. Do not apply the product in your eye, and be careful to avoid touching the applicator to your fingers, the tip of the bottle, and other surfaces. Use a tissue to blot off any excess fluid.

Next, repeat this process with your other eye. Be sure to use a new applicator brush each time to keep things clean and remember to wash your hands after you finish applying the solution. You can put your contacts back in fifteen minutes after the application is complete.

Apply the Product to Your Upper Eyelids Only

Latisse has only been tested for use on upper eyelids. Never apply it on your lower lids or in your eyes. The product is not intended for these areas.

Once a Day, Every Day

To see the full effects of the product, use it once every day. Using it more than that is unnecessary. Applying the product twice a day or more frequently will not increase its effectiveness.

Don’t “Catch Up” on Treatments

If you forget to apply the product for a day or so, don’t try to “catch up” on your treatments by applying it twice the next day. Instead, return to your normal schedule of using the product once a day.

Always Follow Instructions

We will provide you with detailed instructions about how to perform the application and will be happy to answer questions about how to use the solution. Always follow these instructions about how to use this product.

10. What Is a Consultation Like?

The medical professionals at Physician Artistry are committed to making you feel beautiful on the inside and the outside. When you come to our state-of-the-art facility in Sterling, Virginia for a consultation about this treatment, you’ll immediately relax in our soothing, medical spa atmosphere. Our caring, friendly staff will greet you and make you feel at home.

Ready to Answer Your Questions

It’s normal to have a lot of questions about your treatment. During your consultation, you’ll have plenty of time to discuss your concerns with us. We pride ourselves on our commitment to our patients. We will address all of your questions about the product, and you’ll leave your consultation feeling comfortable and confident about beginning your treatment.

Are you ready to get the eyelashes of your dreams? Latisse has been scientifically proven to help people grow longer, fuller lashes. Contact Physician Artistry in Sterling, Virginia for a consultation to learn more about how we can help you. Soon, you’ll have the full, long eyelashes you’ve always wanted.


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