How the Aging Process Affects Eyelashes and How Latisse Can Help

Many of us no longer have the thick, lush lashes of our younger days. While thyroid conditions, alopecia areata, blepharitis, chemotherapy, and other factors can contribute to eyelash loss, the main culprit for men and women over 40 is the natural aging process. According to a poll of 1,193 women age 35 to 60 years old conducted by the National Women’s Health Resource Center, 44 percent noticed changes to their lashes. Eyelashes are hair, similar to the hair found in other forms on the body. Like the hair on your scalp, your lashes are susceptible to damage and hair loss. While you can’t stop the aging process, you can regrow fuller, more luxurious lashes.

Connection Between Lash Loss and Aging

With age, most of us notice small changes in our appearance, such as looser skin, wrinkles, and age spots. The eyelashes also experience a gradual change as they thin, lose pigment, and possibly even fall out. Aging reduces the skin’s ability to retain moisture, often resulting in a hormonal imbalance. When hormones deplete, decreased follicle stimulation often follows, which in turn slows down the growth of new hairs. As your lashes become thinner and shorter, you may notice that your eyes appear smaller and tired-looking.

Factors that May Contribute to Lash Loss

Individuals diagnosed with certain conditions, or those undergoing certain treatments, may experience more noticeable eyelash loss. Blepharitis is one common cause of lash loss, and is often accompanied by itchiness, swelling, and scaly lids. Alopecia Areata, an immune system disorder that causes hair loss on the face and body, and hypothyroidism, an overactive or underactive thyroid, can also cause your lashes to fall out prematurely. In some instances, eyelash loss will also occur in combination with allergic reactions or eyelid trauma.

About Hypotrichosis and Its Effect on Lashes

Eyelash hypotrichosis is the medical term that refers to having inadequate or not enough eyelashes. Individuals with this condition have lower than average thickness, length, or number of lashes. Fortunately, there is a prescription treatment that can help treat hypotrichosis and other forms of eyelash thinning and loss.

How Latisse Can Help with Eyelash Growth

Latisse, also known under its generic name Bimatoprost, has been found successful in treating patients with short, thin, inadequate, or not enough eyelashes. According to WebMD, Bimatoprost helps eyelashes to grow thicker, darker, and longer, similar to the natural chemical in the body, prostaglandin. For noticeable results, apply the topical solution each night and follow all instructions provided by your optometrist. The full effects of the Latisse solution are generally present after 16 weeks of consistent use.

Long, dark, and full eyelashes can enhance the beauty of the eyes, making you appear more youthful and alert. However, the natural aging process, in addition to certain conditions and medications, can cause your eyelashes to lessen in quantity or appearance. Fortunately, advancements in the medical industry have brought us prescription treatments like Latisse, which can help individuals regain fullness, length, and darkness. If you feel like you are suffering from depleted lashes, or for more information about Latisse, contact our office to schedule a consultation.

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