Toronto – Latisse®
At Skinjectables Cosmetic Clinic in Toronto, we offer scientifically-proven skin care products from Skinceuticals® and Vivier® as well as the revolutionary medication used to treat the loss of eyelashes, Latisse®. Latisse® (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution 0.03%) is a product that has grown rapidly in popularity since its introduction. Latisse® is an FDA-approved prescription product that is purchased for home application. To learn more about getting Latisse® in Toronto and determining if it is right for you, just call Skinjectables Cosmetic Clinic at (416) 546-5200.
Latisse® Can Eliminate the Need for False Eyelashes or Extensions
Long, full eyelashes can beautifully enhance the eyes and make an individual appear more refreshed, and youthful. For these reasons, most women in Toronto want long, dark and defined eyelashes. Previously, to attain the look they wanted, women had to use false eyelashes or eyelash extensions; however, at Skinjectables Cosmetic Clinic in Toronto we can use topical medications like Latisse® to accomplish this. This product can lengthen and darken the eyelashes to make them appear fuller; thus, eliminating the need for false eyelashes or extensions.
Recognizing the Signs of Excessive Eyelash Loss
The excessive loss of eyelashes is referred to as madarosis. While the excessive loss of eyelashes may not be considered grave, it can be distressing and, in more severe cases, an individual may lose all his or her eyelashes. Obvious symptoms of madarosis include having very few eyelashes or no eyelashes at all. Thinning eyelashes with gaps and/or brittle lashes that easily fall out. At Skinjectables in Toronto, we may be able to help you address your thinning eyelashes.
What Causes Eyelashes to Fall Out?
There are numerous reasons that an individual experiences madarosis. Causes range from general eyelash care (i.e., neglecting to remove mascara prior to heading to bed), diet, diseases, medications, conditions and certain types of treatment.
The Most Common Causes of Eyelash Loss
Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) or hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) can cause an individual’s eyelashes, eyebrows and hair to thin.
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism include:
- Dry skin
- Cold intolerance
- Weight gain
Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism include:
- Weight loss
- Inflammation in the lower part of the neck
- Heat intolerance
Once the thyroid problems are addressed, individuals may want to consider using Latisse® to lengthen and darken their existing eyelashes. At Skinjectables in Toronto, our Skin Care Professionals can help you maintain the eyelashes you do have and make them longer, darker and fuller.
Trichotillomania tangle is a physiological condition in which an individual involuntarily pulls hair off his or her body, including the face. This condition can begin at different stages in life, but frequently begins during childhood or once puberty begins. This impulse control disorder can continue into adulthood; however, some individuals are able to overcome this impulse. As long as an individual still has some eyelashes remaining, treatments with Latisse® can be helpful.
This autoimmune condition causes an individual’s immune system to start attacking the hair follicles or roots. This can lead to hair loss on the scalp, eyelashes and eyebrows as well as on other parts of the body. While there is no cure for alopecia areata, there are topical creams that may be helpful. Individuals who have this condition, but still have some eyelashes may use Latisse® to make the existing lashes fuller and longer.
Eczema, seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis on the eyelid frequently cause an itching sensation, which leads to an individual rubbing his or her eyes repeatedly: This excessive rubbing can lead to madarosis.
Allergies to Makeup
For some, the loss of eyelashes is due to nothing more than allergies to the chemicals used in products designed for enhancing the lashes. Individuals who have allergies to dust, dander and smoke are more likely to have allergies related to the makeup they are using.
Blepharitis (Eyelid Inflammation)
Eyelid inflammation can occur due the overgrowth of the normal bacteria that is found on the body (including the eyelids). Other reasons for inflammation include allergies and/or blocked eyelid oil glands. When the eyelid becomes inflamed, the follicles can become damaged. If the follicles are damaged, new eyelash growth is affected. Furthermore, inflammation causes red, itchy eyelids, which leads to excessive rubbing and the loss of more lashes.
Chemotherapy is known to cause hair loss; however, there is an array of other medications that can cause general body hair loss. Drugs known to cause hair loss include oral anti-acne drugs, thyroid balancing medications, anti-clotting drugs, blood pressure medications and anti-cholesterol drugs. Although the eyelashes thin while using these medications, once the medications are no longer being taken, the eyelashes generally begin to grow back. At Skinjectables in Toronto, we can use Latisse® to lengthen the lashes and make them appear fuller as they are growing back.
Individuals with this condition lose long, thick hair strands: These lost strands are replaced with vellus hair. Vellus hair is extremely short, fine, thin and brittle. The cause of hypotrichosis is unknown, it may be genetic or caused by another medical condition. However, since there is hair present, Latisse® may be helpful. The Skin Care Professionals at Skinjectables in Toronto can help create a treatment plan to improve the eyelashes.
The loss of lashes during menopause is normal and occurs as the levels of estrogen in the body begin to fall. Reduction of estrogen levels frequently slows hair growth. In addition, dropping estrogen levels can cause damage to the hair follicles, which leads to thinner lashes. Latisse® can help lengthen the existing lashes and make them look fuller.
Other Reasons Eyelashes Fall Out
Other reasons we lose our eyelashes include:
- Exposing them to dirt/Touching them with dirty hands
- Harsh environmental conditions
- Eye trauma
- Pulling on the eyelashes while removing mascara (especially when waterproof mascara is used)
- Pregnancy (due to hormonal changes)
- The natural aging process
What is Latisse®?
With celebrities like Mandy Moore, Jenny McCarthy and Brook Shields touting the benefits of this amazing product, chances are you have already heard about this revolutionary product designed to encourage eyelash growth.
Is Latisse® Approved for Use in Toronto?
Yes, this product is approved by the FDA and Health Canada for use in treating hypotrichosis (inadequate eyelashes).
Latisse is a Version of the Drug Bimatoprost
This product is a version of the glaucoma drug bimatoprost (brand name Lumigan), which has been used to treat glaucoma for nearly two decades.
The benefits of bimatoprost as a treatment for hypotrichosis was discovered when patients and doctors realized that as patients continued using their bimatoprost eye drops, they grew longer, lusher eyelashes.
How Does Latisse® Work?
Latisse® lengthens, darkens and thickens the lashes that already exist. In addition, studies indicate that this medication is effective in extending the length of time that the eyelashes will grow (growth phase).
Can Latisse® Be Used on the Upper and Lower Lashes?
This product is not meant to be applied to the lower lashes; however, once it is applied to the upper eyelid and the individual closes his or her eyes, some of the product will transfer to the lower lid.
How Long Does It Take to See Results?
The results attained during clinical studies indicate that the full results are realized within 16 weeks of daily use.
How Long Do the Results Last?
Eyelash improvements attained with Latisse® are permanent if the individual continues to take the medication. However, if treatment does not continue, as time passes the eyelashes will revert back to their pre-treatment condition.
How Much Does Latisse® Cost in Toronto?
At Skinjectables in Toronto, a 5ml bottle of Latisse® (with 140 applicators) costs $200. A 5ml bottle can last up to 70 days.
How Do You Apply Latisse®?
- Prior to going to bed, cleanse your face (be sure to remove all your makeup).
- If you wear contacts, they need to be removed before you apply Latisse®.
- You will use one of the sterile applicators (supplied with the product) to dab the medication onto your upper eyelash line. As you blink, the medication spreads to your lower eyelid, this is expected and is not a problem.
- Throw away the applicator: You should never reuse an applicator because doing so could cause you to develop an eye infection. Also, since Latisse® promotes hair growth, avoid touching other parts of your body with the used applicator.
The manufacturer states that the product should never be applied directly onto the lower lid or into the eye itself.
Do Latisse® Treatments Have Any Side Effects?
Clinical studies that were conducted prior to FDA approval found that Latisse® treatments for lengthening the lashes are safe for most people. The majority of study participants did not experience adverse effects if they accidentally got the product in their eyes. However, a few participants did experience a darkening of the skin on their eyelids and/or dry eyes. Redness and itchiness were the most common side effects experienced following a treatment with this medication.
According to the manufacturer (Allergan), one potential side effect is a permanent colour change (brown pigmentation) of the iris. However, none of the study participants reported experiencing this side effect. Although this change in eye colour may be a drawback for some, in the unlikely event that this side effect occurs, colour contact lenses could be used to address this problem.
Who is Not a Good Candidate for Treatments with Latisse® in Toronto?
Individuals who have conjunctivitis (aka pink eye) or uveitis (aka chorioretinitis) are not good candidates for treatment with Latisse®. Uveitis is a condition in which the uvea, which is the middle layer of the eye, becomes inflamed. Furthermore, women who are pregnant and individuals who are at risk for macular edema (a buildup of fluid in the macula), who have skin infections or suffer with severe allergies are not good candidates for this treatment. Additionally, women who are currently nursing should wait until they are done to begin treatment with this medication.
Since Latisse® lowers the intraocular pressure in the eye; therefore, individuals who are already taking medications for conditions like glaucoma and/or hypertension to lower their intraocular pressure should consult their Optometrist or Ophthalmologist before starting treatment with Latisse®.
Here is What You Can Do to Keep Your Eyelashes Intact
Once you start your treatment with Latisse®, you need to keep the eyelashes that you do have. Use the tips below to reduce the number of eyelashes you lose so you can get the most out of your treatment.
5 Tips for Maintaining the Results You Achieve with Latisse® in Toronto
1. Choose Your Mascara Wisely or Stop Using Mascara Altogether
Some mascaras actually cause eyelashes to fall out: Do a bit of research to find out which mascaras have been known to cause this problem. In addition, avoid applying your mascara aggressively. In addition, avoid wearing waterproof mascara as they are more difficult to remove.
If you are in the early stages of your treatment, you may want to stop wearing mascara until your treatment results become evident (within 16 weeks).
2. Carefully Choose Your Eyelash Curler
Using an old eyelash curler that does not have the rubber tabs protect your eyelashes can cause your lashes to fall out. Also, you should always curl your eyelashes before you put your mascara on.
3. Do Not Use Old Makeup
While you may think that makeup does not have an expiration date, the manufacturer may provide recommendations about how long their products can be used. If there are no recommendations available from the manufacturer, stop using the product after 3 months. Since these products can host bacteria, if you continue to use these products, you are putting yourself at risk for a contracting a bacterial infection.
4. Always Remove Your Makeup Before Going to Bed
Neglecting to remove your eye makeup before heading to bed can result in broken and/or missing lashes. When you are removing your makeup, do not pull, tug or rub your eyelashes.
5. Avoid Using Eyelash Extensions and False Eyelashes
Due to the need for an adhesive, using these products can cause you to lose lashes. If you must wear these eye enhancement products, use a dash of oil on a Q-Tip prior to removal. If you have to use these products, instead of choosing false eyelashes that require an adhesive, consider using the magnetic eyelashes that are now available.
At Skinjectables Cosmetic Clinic in Toronto, we are dedicated to providing our clientele with the most innovative products available: We offer Latisse®, to treat the loss of eyelashes, skin rejuvenation procedures to address the signs of aging as well as a variety of scientifically-proven products that are designed to meet all your skin care needs. If you are in the Toronto area and you would like to learn more about our services and the products we offer, please contact us today at (416) 546-5200. Our business hours are Monday through Friday from 9am to 6pm.
Skinjectables Cosmetic Clinic is located at 100 Front Street West, Level D, Toronto, ON M5J 1E3, Canada. In order to access Level D, please take the East Elevator.
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