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Stimulating Eyelash Growth: A Doctor Discusses Various Methods

Stimulating Eyelash Growth: A Doctor Discusses Various Methods undefined

The eyes can be a core point of focus when we look at a person’s face. From an aesthetic perspective, eyelash growth may not seem to be a core facial structure, but it may contribute to physical appearance. Eyelashes are not only under the domain of beauty salons, but also an area of aesthetic medical treatment.

Did you know that we have the same number of eyelash follicles from the time we are born and all throughout our lives? Eyelashes also grow slower than scalp hair, and their growth cycle normally lasts 5-11 months. [1]

There are researched methods for stimulating eyelash growth that Singapore patients can learn more about. Dr Chin Yee Choong is the medical director of Dermclear Aesthetic & Laser Clinic. He recently answered DoctorxDentist readers’ eyelash growth questions and explained what they could expect from the procedures. Here are several things he shared.

What is Latisse and how does it stimulate eyelash growth?

close up of model

Latisse is an FDA-approved treatment that helps patients with insufficient lashes. Aside from other ingredients, the product contains bimatoprost, a prescription medication that has been scientifically proven to stimulate eyelash growth. [2]

There are some possible side effects

girl having tired eyes

As effective as Latisse is, not all patients are safe from the potential side effects which might occur. These include:

  • itchiness,
  • redness in the eyes,
  • dry eyes,
  • darkened eyelids,
  • and darkened brown pigmentation in the iris.


Occasionally, hair growth around the eyes may occur if the medication regularly drips off the eyelids. It is important for patients to consult a doctor and stop applying the product if they experience any of these side effects. [3]

What is Revitalash?

close up of eyelashes


Revitalash is another commonly used treatment with regards to eyelashes. Unlike Latisse, it is a nonprescription cosmetic product that is typically marketed as an eyelash conditioner.

Revitaliash can improve the appearance of natural eyelashes. [4]

However, Revitalash will not necessarily stimulate growth

 woman with sparse lashes

Like other conditioners (including Shiseido Full Lash and Brow Serum), Revitalash actually works to make lashes look fuller by hydrating and softening them. It does not, however, necessarily stimulate growth the same way Latisse does.

While both treatments may work to improve the appearance of your eyelashes, Latisse actually stimulates eyelash growth while Revitalash simply accentuates your existing set of eyelashes. There is a difference between the two and patients should take note of this before choosing an option. Ask a doctor if you have other concerns and let him or her know if you have had previous eye and eyelash treatments done. [4]

 

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References:

1. Jones D. Enhanced Eyelashes: Prescription and Over-the-Counter Options. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. 2010;35(1):116-121. doi:10.1007/s00266-010-9561-3

2. Latisse: The answer for longer, thicker eyelashes? Mayo Clinic. Published 2018. Accessed May 16, 2019.

3. Priluck JC. Latisse-Induced Periocular Skin Hyperpigmentation. Archives of Ophthalmology. 2010;128(6):792. doi:10.1001/archophthalmol.2010.89

4. David S. Kung and Lee L.Q. Pu. What’s New in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery? Asia-Pacific Biotech News, Vol 13, No 12, 2009. Accessed 16 May 2019.

274 views 16 May 2019 Medically reviewed by Dr Chin Yee Choong on 30 May 2019.
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