At Derma Dolce, we get it: the deep-seated desire for long, gorgeous lashes isn’t going anywhere in a hurry. And why would it? Long, voluminous lashes have been coveted for millennia. We also get that eyelash extensions are notoriously high maintenance, which many women don’t have the time or the patience for. Worse, when taken care of poorly, repeated extensions can cause significant damage to your natural lashes. That’s where Latisse shines.

Whether you’re tired of high-maintenance, partially fake eyelashes, or you’re newly obsessed with long lashes and hope to avoid the extension route altogether, Latisse is for you. Below, we’re discussing how this revolutionary eyelash treatment has impressed the beauty-obsessed for years and why it’s a better option for long-term lash health. 

The Evolution of Long Lashes: It’s Always Been a Thing

In Ancient Egypt, women and men alike applied everything from tinting treatments to specialty ointments to make their lashes pop. Meanwhile, over in ancient Rome, women strived for the longest lashes possible, all because some philosopher decided long, fluttery lashes were a direct result of — get this — chastity and upright morals. Fast forward a few thousand years to 19th-century Europe, where beauty-crazed women actually needled their own eyelashes to achieve that long, fluttery aesthetic.

In the early 1900s, one film director, after watching outtakes of a certain actress, decided those scenes needed something more — something that truly popped. What was he after? Supernatural lashes; lashes that appeared to pop right off the screen. Did he achieve his goal? He sure did — by having a wigmaker glue human hairs onto the actress’s eyelids with spirit gum. And then she had a skin reaction. But they got the shots — that’s what matters, right?

As the 1900s progressed, women continued to chase long, voluminous lashes. Meanwhile, newspaper columnists splayed heavy public shame their way, claiming such eyelash-wearing women were nothing short of unscrupulous temptresses. Then, as the 60s, 70s, and 80s rolled on through, bold experimental makeup began gaining public traction. When the 90s and early 2000s hit, falsies quickly became the multi-million dollar industry we know today.

Suffice it to say the obsession with extending one’s own eyelashes has been a big thing since humans have been documenting things. If long, seductive eyelashes are your beauty splurge of choice, welcome to the club — you’re in great company.

But watch out: If you’re not careful about how you achieve those lashes, instead of getting the aesthetic you crave, you could end up with something else entirely. What might that be? Allergic reactions, missing hairs, stunted lash growth — the list goes on. What typically causes these types of outcomes? Eyelash extensions. But fortunately, there’s a better way — it’s called Latisse.

Latisse Vs. Eyelash Extensions: Comparable Results?

If you’ve been a fan of eyelash extensions but are looking for a lower maintenance approach to lash length, you’ve probably heard of Latisse. You’ve probably also wondered whether it actually works or if it's just another over-hyped scam. Let us assure you: it’s not.

Unlike eyelash extensions (which are fake), Latisse actually encourages lash growth — it stimulates your REAL, genetically issued eyelashes to grow longer over time, with repeated application. But are the results comparable to eyelash extensions?

That depends on what kind of look you’re going for — and more importantly, what you want your REAL lashes to look like at the end of it all. In terms of length and “pop” value, eyelash extensions obviously win out; they’re fake after all, which means they give the appearance of fake eyelashes.

Latisse, on the other hand, gradually gives the appearance of full, voluminous lashes; they just don’t look fake. Instead, you’ll look like you pulled the winning genetic card and were blessed with long, enviable NATURAL lashes. You can still go full glam just by applying a set of temporary falsies, but for your day-to-day, more toned-down look, you’ll have gorgeous, long lashes that don’t look super made up.

The best part? Latisse gives you eyelash results you actually get to keep — without ongoing appointments, without the risk of damage, and without the multi-step care routine.

Latisse: What Is It & How Does It Work Its Magic?

In 2001, medical researchers developed a Bimatoprost-based eyedrop designed to treat intra-eye pressure caused by glaucoma. But when researchers ran clinical trials for the product, they discovered an interesting side effect: participants’ eyelashes were growing and thickening by leaps and bounds. Soon after, Allergan, the company behind the prescription, decided to formulate an eyelash treatment and began conducting clinical trials. Latisse, as we know it today, was born.

So how does it work? While researchers still aren’t 100% sure of the mechanism behind Latisse’s crazy lash-growing capabilities, they believe the active ingredient, Bimatoprost, affects the growth phase of the eyelash cycle in a couple different ways. First, it increases the length of the hairs’ natural growth phase; second, it increases the number of active follicles in a given growth phase.

With repeated application over a 12- to 16-week period, Latisse users typically experience up to a 25% boost in normal lash growth. That’s because, at any given time, up to 90% of the average person’s eyelash hairs are in an active growth phase. So while you’re applying Latisse throughout the recommended time period, most your lash hairs essentially remain in a growth phase throughout the duration of that time.

And get this: According to market research, a package of prescription Latisse flies off medspa shelves every 30 seconds. Does it work? We think the research speaks for itself.

If you’re ready to ditch damaging, fake extensions for longer, thicker, more voluminous NATURAL lashes that last, it’s time to give Latisse a try. We can’t definitively promise you’ll be obsessed (everyone’s different and has a different goal), but we’re willing to place a pretty substantial bet. After all, it’s one of our most popular products at Derma Dolce for a reason — because it works.

Looking for Prescription Latisse? Contact Derma Dolce Today

At Derma Dolce, we truly believe everyone should have access to high-quality, affordable skincare and the long, gorgeous, healthy lashes they’re after. Whether you’re looking for high-quality aesthetic treatments designed to fit your budget or stunning natural lashes, we’ve got you covered.

To learn more about our wide variety of skincare treatments and products, feel free to give our team a call at 763-355-3984. You can also get in touch with us by filling out your information on our contact form, and a member of our team will reach out to you promptly!