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5 Eyelash Enhancement Secrets


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Prescription Eyelash Enhancement
As with any prescription medication, there may be some side effects.
As with any prescription medication, there may be some side effects.
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The official term for inadequate lashes is hypotrichosis, and science has come up with a way of dealing with the problem using a prescription medication applied directly to the eyelid. It's a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved treatment for inadequate (or not enough) lashes. LATISSE is available by prescription only. It's a nifty way to achieve improved eyelash coverage by coaxing your body into producing more and better lashes. It beats goop, glue and bother, right?

Well, maybe. Eyelash enhancement can be expensive: a four-week supply costs $120 or more, and the medication takes around 16 weeks to show full results. The effects aren't permanent, either. Using prescription eyelash enhancement may net you thick, luxurious lashes, but as soon as you stop applying the preparation, the effects will begin to reverse themselves. You'll eventually end up where you started -- with short, skinny or sparse lashes. Here's some more bad news: Prescription eyelash enhancement can darken the skin of the eyelid and increase the brown pigment in the colored part of the eye. It can also cause eye redness and itching. In some cases, it can cause hair growth in other parts of the body, too.