While Latisse is known throughout the world for its remarkable effects on eyelash lengthening and thickening, the medication was originally designed as eye drops to control the progression of glaucoma. The drug, medicinally called bimatoprost was found to increase the amount of aqueous fluid in the eye, reducing the intraocular pressure caused by glaucoma. Serendipitously, it was soon found to have off-label uses, particularly for lengthening, thickening and darkening the lashes. In 2008, a dilute solution of bimatoprost called Latisse was officially approved by the FDA for cosmetic usage. People have been enjoying the benefits of Latisse ever since.
The root of each hair grows from the follicle, located beneath the skin, and is removed entirely with waxing or tweezing. In contrast, shaving merely cuts the hair at skin level, which is why you may feel “leg stubble” just a few hours after shaving, depending on how fast your hair grows. With laser hair removal, each follicle is targeted with an intense beam of concentrated light. Naturally occurring pigment in the follicle absorbs this light, destroying the hair and damaging itself in the process. You will notice hair comes in lighter and sparser, and after a few treatments may seem to stop growing entirely.
A small number of patients may experience temporary irritation or redness, and an even smaller number has experienced temporary skin darkening at the application point. If this occurs, it will disappear once you discontinue the use of Latisse. In rare cases, the use of Latisse may cause permanent changes to the iris, particularly with lighter coloured eyes, causing brown pigmentation. While such changes have not occurred in clinical trials for Latisse, they have been noticed by users of Lumigan, the trade name for bimatoprost used by sufferers of glaucoma. This is likely due to the fact that Lumigan is applied directly to the eye, and at a much great concentration. Careful application of Latisse to the upper lid margin should not cause pigmentation changes in the iris.
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