Myths and Misconceptions about Latisse Debunked

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Long for long, lush lashes? Latisse promises just that. Developed by Allergan, it’s the only FDA-approved, prescription treatment proven to lengthen and thicken eyelashes, delivering growth of up to 25 percent in four months.

Latisse also is known as bimatoprost and essentially is a prostaglandin drug used as eye drops to control the progression of glaucoma and manage ocular hypertension. Doctors noticed that their glaucoma patients soon were returning with longer, thicker eyelashes and realized that the drug could be reformulated for the cosmetic market. After a series of successful clinical trials, the FDA approved bimatoprost for the cosmetic use of darkening and lengthening eyelashes.

Despite its proven efficacy and safety, a few myths and misconceptions surrounding the use of Latisse have surfaced:

  • Latisse will change a user’s eye color: In 1 to 2 percent of glaucoma patients using bimatoprost, reports of an irreversible darkening of the iris has been reported. However, it was not seen in any of the initial clinical trials of Latisse involving some 300 patients. The difference is in the formulations for the two uses and in the way the drug is used. Glaucoma patients use it as a drop applied directly to the eye. For cosmetic use, however, it is instead applied with a brush onto the skin at the base of the top lash line. This method exposes the surface of the eye to only a small amount of the drug. While the most concern seems to come from prospective users with blue eyes, they actually are the group least at risk for discoloration of the iris. That’s because any change in color comes from bimatoprost increasing the amount of melanin in the melanosomes, which are extremely limited in blue-eyed patients.
  • Latisse will cause hair growth in odd places: A small portion – less than four percent – of Latisse users have reported tiny hairs growing in unintended areas, particularly just below the eye or on the cheeks. This typically occurs when a user applies too much of the solution. Unintended hair growth is completely reversible and easily avoidable by using Latisse as directed.
  • Eyelash extensions are safer: Not so. In fact, eyelash extensions can pose a number of health risks that you won’t face with Latisse. These include allergic reactions from ingredients such as formaldehyde used in both adhesives and solvents used to remove eyelash extensions; bacterial and fungal infections; irritation to the conjunctiva (the mucous membrane that covers the front of the eye and lines the inside of the eyelids) or cornea (the transparent layer forming the front of the eye); and traction alopecia, a condition wherein tension placed on the hair shaft damages the hair follicle. This not only causes existing lashes to fall out, but can slow or even cease the production and growth of new lashes.

Latisse has proven safe and effective for tens of thousands of satisfied patients. To find out how it can help give you darker, fuller, longer and younger-looking lashes, call 904-396-1186 and schedule a consultation at Jacksonville’s Parkway Plastic Surgery today.

Vitalize, Rejuvenize, Illuminize – Skin Medica Offers Three Beauty-Boosting Options

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Chemical peels have proven among the most enduringly popular and effective skincare treatments offered by clinics for some 50 years. Among the latest and greatest are Skin Medica’s Vitalize, Rejuvenize and Illuminize peels.

Which is best for you?

  • Vitalize: A Vitalize peel is great for treating mild to moderate skin imperfections such as age- or sun exposure-induced fine lines and wrinkles just beginning to form, as well as uneven skin tone and texture often caused by acne scarring or other pigmentary changes. You’ll notice smoothing results after just one peel and it just gets better with each of three to six peels (administered every three to four weeks) that make up a typical treatment course. Don’t be alarmed if you notice a yellowish tinge to your skin just after a treatment session. It’s normal and will fade within three hours. Mild to moderate redness and peeling will last for a few days or a few weeks, depending upon your skin’s sensitivity level. This peel is safe and effective for all skin types and tones.
  • Rejuvenize: If your skin imperfections range from moderate to severe, a Rejuvenize peel may work best for you, particularly if you have lighter skin. While this peel can be performed on dark-skinned patients, those with deeply pigmented skin color may be more prone to slight discoloration. Your physician will be able to determine tolerability before recommending a Rejuvenize peel. Expect mild redness and peeling in the days or weeks following treatments.
  • Illuminize: If you’re new to chemical peels or simply looking to achieve an over-all brighter, more radiant appearance to your skin, Skin Medica’s Illuminize peel is a top choice. This peel effectively addresses mild skin perfections in patients of all skin types with just one treatment. Plus, there’s no downtime. Though you may experience mild redness temporarily, it can be covered with makeup and your skin won’t peel.

Now is perfect time to find out just how an expertly administered chemical peel can improve the look and health of your skin. On Thursday, October 29, Jacksonville’s Parkway Plastic Surgery is offering its “Ultimate Peel Deal” special by appointment from 10am-4pm. A $150 deposit will reserve your spot and can be used toward a customized Skin Medica skin care package, which includes a second peel. There are a limited number of spots available, so call 904-396-1186 to reserve yours today. Meanwhile, throughout October enjoy $10-per-unit Botox (bankable for future use) and a free 3-ml tube of Latisse, the foremost treatment for longer, thicker, darker eyelashes, with the purchase of a $149 5-ml tube – a savings of $99.

Three Beauty-Boosts for Valentine’s Day and Beyond

Valentine's Day is a great time for a beauty boost.

Valentine’s Day is a great time for a beauty boost.

This month is all about romance, beauty and a bit of glam. Give yourself a Valentine’s Day gift that will keep giving back to you long after February 14 has passed.

  • Botox: By far the most popular and trusted injectable, Botox was administered some 6.3 million times to patients nationwide in 2013 – and with good reason. Made from one of nature’s most potent nerve blockers, this purified protein is expertly administered to help relax those overactive facial muscles that leave you with frown lines and wrinkles around the eyes and forehead. In no time, you’ll see a smoother, tighter, more youthful complexion.
  • Juvederm: This cosmetic filler also is made of a natural protein. Hyaluronic acid, often called “nature’s moisturizer,” is part of your cell wall. It binds with water molecules and acts as a lubricant and cushion for your body’s tissues and joints. With hyaluronic acid as an active ingredient, Juvederm returns youthful volume to the lines around the mouth, particularly those “marionette” lines (nasolabial fold) that run from the nose to the corners of the mouth. In minutes, you’ll restore years to your smile.
  • Lastisse: Batting one’s eyelashes is a universally flirtatious gesture. And when your lashes are long, full and gorgeous, that flirty message is all the more impactful. Enter Latisse, the only prescription solution proven to grow lashes, making them longer, thicker and darker.

Valentine’s Day is a great time to treat yourself. But you don’t need a holiday for a deserved beauty boost. Jacksonville’s Parkway Plastic Surgery can help you achieve a healthier, younger more vibrant look any day of the year. Call 904-396-1186 to schedule a consultation today.