Enhancing Eyelashes for Marco Island and Naples, Florida
Not all eyelashes are naturally thick and dark, but with Latisse® from the Naples, FL, and Marco Island-based Skin Wellness Physicians, anyone can enjoy a look of long, full lashes. The prescription cosmetic is applied at home, with results appearing gradually over time and lasting for as long as the medication is in use.
Latisse® was approved by the FDA in 2008 and must be prescribed by a doctor, such as one of the dermatologists at Skin Wellness Physicians in Naples and Marco Island. Patients interested in enhancing their lashes with this product must first have a consultation that explores their medical history to ensure the product is right for them.
What Is Latisse®?
Technically known as "bimatoprost ophthalmic solution 0.03%," Latisse® is a liquid that is applied directly to the base of the eyelashes themselves, causing them to grow thicker and darker. Because it is so effective, great care must be taken to ensure its proper application.
What Can Latisse® Address?
Since it has a very specific focus, Latisse® is strictly for enhancing the appearance of eyelashes that are thin, short, and fine. The results are considered to be temporary, as lashes will revert back to their original state if the medication is not applied regularly.
Latisse® works on lashes that are naturally thin, as well as eyelashes that were once fuller and darker, but have thinned over time.
How Does Latisse® Work?
Patients apply Latisse® to the base of their upper lashes once a day, following detailed directions intended to preserve the integrity of the cosmetic product and ensure that only the intended target—the eyelashes—are impacted. The treatment involves use of a disposable sterile applicator to avoid common bacterial infections.
After 16 weeks of daily application, the patient's eyelashes should show a visible thickening, darkening, and lengthening. This effect was first discovered when medical researchers testing an eye-pressure medication found that the subjects were enjoying longer, darker, thicker eyelashes—an unintended benefit that has now become an FDA-approved cosmetic treatment.
Continuing to apply Latisse® will maintain the results. Stopping routine application will cause the lashes to gradually return to the way they looked before treatments began.
Possible side effects include red and itchy eyes, as well as a potentially permanent darkening of the iris—the colored part of the eye. This, and more, can be discussed during the initial consultation.
Beyond Eyelash Enhancing in Florida
Anyone enhancing the look of their eyelashes may also want to improve the look of the skin around their eyes. BOTOX® and Dysport® are injectable options for relaxing crow's feet, as well as other muscle-related wrinkles and lines on the face. Skin Wellness Physicians also offers dermal fillers to smooth out age-related wrinkles and change facial contours by adding volume, IPL (intense pulsed light) and fractional lasers to treat aging skin, laser skin resurfacing to address significant cosmetic sun damage, microneedling for encouraging collagen production, HydraFacial treatments for ongoing revitalization, and more.