In February’s Hairlines email I detailed a few interesting trends to watch in 2009. Only a month has passed since then and LATISSE™, a new prescription treatment developed to increase the growth of eyelashes, has become a hot topic in the media!
You may have read about LATISSE™ in any number of newspapers or magazines, heard about it on the news, and even seen it mentioned in a few blogs. NBC 10 Health Check reporter Barbara Morse Silva interviewed me and spoke with one of my own patients using LATISSE™ just last week. Everyone is talking about this first-only FDA approved treatment for hypotrichosis of eyelashes (inadequate or not enough eyelashes). Whether you’ve heard of LATISSE™ within the context of beauty, anti-aging, or even medical breakthroughs, you can be sure that the exciting discussions around this new treatment will continue in the coming months.
While it was originally developed as a glaucoma medication, one of the side effects noted by patients was a thickening and lengthening of the upper eye lashes, prompting the makers of the treatment to study it for a different use. In clinical tests, LATISSE™ was proven to enhance eyelash prominence in length, thickness, and darkness. Now FDA approved, this once-daily treatment is applied to the base of the upper eyelashes (like eyeliner) with a sterile, single use-per-eye disposable applicator. Patients can experience longer, fuller, darker eyelashes in as little as eight weeks, with significant results in 16 weeks.
The treatment is only available through a prescription from a doctor and a 16-week course of treatment costs about $500. As a prescriber of this medication, I have a few patients currently undergoing the treatment. I hope to share more before and after photos and stories over the next several weeks.
Jennifer, as a specialist in hair restoration, please call me at 1-800-543-0660 if you are interested in learning more about LATISSE™, or to get started on it.
Dr. Robert Leonard
Founder and Chief Surgeon
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