Hairs that grow on the edge of the eyelid are known as lashes or eyelashes. Eyelashes protect the eyes from debris as well as provide warnings that objects are close to the eye. Eyelashes take about 7 to 8 weeks to grow back once they are pulled out. Lashes can be a different colour than your natural hair although they tend to be darker in darker haired individuals and lighter in lighter haired people.
As we age our lashes can also appear shorter and less dense, making us look older than we are. Long, upturned eyelashes not only make your eyes bigger but are also associated with being more youthful. Eyelash length and shape are genetically determined but there are many things you can do to make eyelashes long.
In youth we tend to have long lashes and for many centuries women have used a variety of methods to enhance the eyes and lashes. Kohl, for example, has been used as far back as the the Bronze ages. Other products that have been used to make the lashes appear longer are mascara, eyelash extensions, eyeliner and eyeshadow.
Today, eyelash extensions and fake eyelashes are popular to make eyelashes appear longer but have some problems associated with them. These types of treatments use glue as an adhesive to attach fake lashes onto the eyelid and if done incorrectly, can remove your natural lashes along with the fake lashes. They also require weekly maintenance and can be very costly.
Latisse was introduced in 2010 in Vancouver as a treatment to get long lashes and is available at BC Laser and Skin Care Clinic. To see if this treatment is suitable for you to have long lashes call 604 580 2464 to make your appointment to see Dr Shah.
Latisse is the only prescription treatment available for long lashes approved in Canada. Latisse is applied nightly along the upper eyelid and results are seen within 8 weeks with full growth at 12-16 weeks. Latisse is the only treatment that contains bimatoprost, which is known to increase lash length and darkness. There are many other products available over the counter that claim to give you long lashes but none contain the active ingredient bimatoprost or its analogues to be able to substantiate their claims of longer lashes.