Eyelashes are the first line of defense for your eyes. They help to protect your eyes by keeping dust particles and moisture out of your eyes. They work as an early warning system as well, sensing when something is too close to your eyes, giving you time to close your eyelids, protecting your eyes. The eyelashes also help to protect the eyes from the sun by filtering sunlight and preventing it from shining directly into your eyes.
Eyelashes fall out naturally and take from four to six weeks to regrow, but sometimes other factors can cause the loss of eyelashes putting your eyes at risk. Burns, chemotherapy, trichotillomania [a psychological condition involving the pulling out of hair], damage from lash extension glue, thyroid conditions, and alopecia are a few of the more common reasons for eyelash loss.
Latisse is a medication designed to increase the length and thickness of your eyelashes and has been in use since 2008. Applied topically, Latisse promotes growth and increases the thickness of the eyelashes in just four weeks, with optimal results occurring with use for four months.
Latisse is easy to use; simply put it on a night before you go to bed. You can also wear it underneath your makeup. This FDA-approved medication lengthens the time eyelash follicles stay in the growth phase. With more follicles in the growth phase at the same time, more lashes grow.
Many find they no longer need to use mascara because their lashes have grown longer, thicker, and darker. While Latisse was initially approved for use as a glaucoma medication in 2001, when the medication began to show lash growth, it became a commonly used treatment for eyelash hypotrichosis – insufficient or too few eyelashes.