Eyelash Lengthening

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Eyelash Lengthening

Are you looking for information about eyelash lengthening in Vancouver, Canada? If you have eyelashes that just don’t seem to grow or appear thin and sparse, you might want to consider consulting a doctor. There is an FDA-approved prescription treatment for growing and enhancing inadequate eyelashes. A convenient alternative to messy mascara that doesn’t have the risks associated with invasive eyelash transplant surgery.

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What is Eyelash Lengthening?

A prescription topical eyelash treatment that enhances inadequate eyelashes: a condition known as eyelash hypotrichosis that makes eyelashes thicker, longer, fuller and darker. Applied to the upper eyelid margin (the base of the upper eyelashes) once daily, in as little as 4 weeks you’ll see results.  Eyelash lengthening only works for as long as you use it. If you discontinue using this prescription treatment within a few months your eyelashes will revert to how they appeared prior to treatments.

Benefits

  • Eyelash growth within 1 month and final results at 16 weeks
  • Longer, thicker, darker eyelashes
  • Convenient and non-invasive
  • No downtime
  • Easy to apply
  • Few side effects
  • Clean and easy to use (compared with mascara for example)

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(Results vary by individual patient and  results cannot be guaranteed)

How eyelash lengthening works

Bimatoprost ophthalmic solution was first approved as a prescription drug called Lumigan ® – used to treat high intraocular pressure or IOP in people with glaucoma or ocular hypertension. Patients using Lumigan noticed eyelash growth as a side effect, thus the study and subsequent approval of bimatoprost as an eyelash enhancement treatment.

Although the exact mechanism of action is unknown, bimatoprost is believed to affect the eyelashes by increasing the length of time eyelash hairs stay in the growth phase of their life cycle. All healthy hair grows in a continuous life cycle of three distinct phases: anagen– the growth phase; catagen – a transitional phase between the growth phase and resting phase; and telogen – the resting phase before the hair sheds. By increasing the length of the growth phase, eyelashes have time to become longer and thicker and fewer eyelash hairs are in their resting phase.

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(Results vary by individual patient and  results cannot be guaranteed)

Efficacy study

A randomized, double-masked study of 137 patients revealed that 78% of people using eyelash lengthening noticed a significant increase in eyelash prominence.

Eyelash study patients also experienced:

  • 106% fuller eyelashes.
  • 25% longer eyelashes.
  • 18% darker eyelashes.

Am I a good candidate?

If you have thin, inadequate, short, lightly coloured eyelashes, you may be a good candidate for eyelash treatments. Patients with an allergy to bimatoprost or related drugs (e.g. latanoprost, travoprost) should not use this product.  Patients using prostaglandin analogues, including Lumigan (for the treatment of elevated intraocular pressure or IOP), should consult a physician and be closely monitored for changes in intraocular pressure. For detailed information about use, contraindications, and side effects, please consult the product monograph (PDF).

Before the treatment

Before applying Latisse, make sure the face is clean and makeup removed. If you wear contact lenses, remove them.

How do I use it?

Always follow dosage and application instructions. The following is for informative use only – to give you an idea of how a typical treatment works – and is not intended as a replacement for product instructions or prescription instructions.

  • Apply nightly directly to the skin of the upper eyelid margin (the base of the upper eyelashes).
  • Do not apply to the lower eyelash margin.
  • Use only the accompanying applicators.
  • Carefully use a tissue to blot any solution that is applied to or runs outside the eyelid margin.
  • Dispose of the applicator after one use.
  • Repeat for the opposite eyelid margin using a new sterile applicator.
  • Use only as directed by the product instructions or prescription instructions.

 Side effects

Like any prescription can cause side effects, though most are not serious. The most common side effect is an itching sensation in the eyes and/or eye redness (experienced by approximately 4% of patients). Less common side effects include skin darkening, iris pigmentation, eye irritation, dryness of the eyes, and redness of the eyelids.

How many treatments will I need?

You’ll need to use this product as directed for as long as you want to experience its benefits. Your eyelashes will revert to their pre-treatment state within a few months of discontinuing treatments.

Other treatment options

The following eyelash treatments are more time consuming or invasive options not offered by our Vancouver, Canada clinic.

  • Eyelash extensions
    Synthetic eyelashes are glued on one at a time.
  • Eyelash hair implants
    A surgical procedure wherein donor hair is removed from the back of the head and transplanted.

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