Hypotrichosis in eye lashes - a big NO from being super models

oculoplastic_faqWell not only for supermodels, even we hate to miss out our eye lashes, since it enhances our beauty of eye, and makes our stares more meaningful. Hypotrichosis is a genetic disease that leads to scalp-less regions in our body. So, if it comes to our eye lids, we would normally be sitting with dumb faces. Did the scientists sat idle in this matter?

A big NO from there too. A new LATISSE™ therapy has been developed, to regrow the eye lashes and make your eyes beautiful. Also it has some success stories too. Now its a common question that every one would ask that what this hypotrichosis is, and what is the reason behind it?

What is Hypotrichosis?

Hypotrichosis is the term dermatologists use to describe a condition where there has never been any hair growth. This is different from an alopecia. Alopecia describes any condition where there was once hair growth, but there isn’t any more. Hypotrichosis describes a situation where there wasn’t any hair growth in the first place. The affected area is totally bald and it remains the same for the whole life of the individual.

Hypotrichosis is a condition that affects an individual right from birth and it usually stays with them throughout their lives. Hypotrichosis is generally due to genetic aberrations or defects of embryonic development.

Hereditary issues or genetics also lead to pattern baldness but this is quite different from Hypotrichosis. In pattern baldness the hair remains on the scalp up to puberty. Only after the onset of puberty, due to hormones and other factors, the hair begins to shed off from a particular portion of the scalp.

Also pattern baldness only affects the hair follicles on the scalp whereas, individuals affected with hypotrichosis have many other physical or mental problems beyond their lack of hair. Conditions like Graham-Little syndrome, Ofuji syndrome, cartilage-hair hypoplasia, Jeanselme and Rime hypotrichosis are some of the major conditions where hypotrichosis is a symptom. But more studies are yet needed to be done to understand the mechanism underlying the symptoms.

Studies are also going on to find out how the different genetic defects lead to the formation of bald patches in the scalp. There are also other hair diseases like Alopecia Areata and Seborrheic Dermatitis where hereditary issues play an important role.

What are the types of Hypotrichosis?

There are a few forms of hypotrichosis which are worth mentioning as they are relatively common forms of this hair disorder.

  • Aplasia cutis congenita
  • Triangular alopecia
  • Congenital atrichia

What is the cause of Hypotrichosis in eye lashes?

It is mainly related to heredity. The defects lies in the chromosomes 18, 3 and 13. Also it has been found recently that mutations in genes namely DSG4 and LIPH causes the disease.

What are the remedies against Hypotrichosis in eye lashes?

Recently FDA approved the LATTICE™ treatment, about which you can read in the given link.

Although there has been advances in the treatment through LATTICE™ still it has some sever side effects. The most common side effects after using LATISSE™ solution are an itching sensation in the eyes and/or eye redness. This was reported in approximately 4% of patients. LATISSE™ solution may cause other less common side effects which typically occur on the skin close to where LATISSE™ is applied, or in the eyes. These include skin darkening, eye irritation, dryness of the eyes, and redness of the eyelids.

So we will be waiting for some good news if the side effects can be fought out. Thus many who are sitting dumb with beautiful looks but with unattractive eyes, can now dream to grow long eye lashes and even give glaring stares.

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2 Responses to “Hypotrichosis in eye lashes - a big NO from being super models”

  1. Renee Says:

    It’s severe side effects, not sever. Anyway. There aren’t any severe side effects. It’s a safe drug. Only some people have the itching and redness. I had it and found that all I needed to do was purchase a thinner brush and apply less of it. Now I have long lashes. No itching or redness. Do you honestly think the FDA would allow an eye drug out there for cosmetic use if it were unsafe? Articles like this one that imply that the drug is unsafe with comments like “if the side effects can be fought out” are just unprofessional.

  2. sourish Says:

    Well, thanks for replying, but sorry to say that the approach you took by saying the write up unprofessional, is not acceptable. In the write up itself it has been mentioned that 4% of population is affected by the side effects. And is not eye dryness and darkening of eye lids serious side effects? Also I can give you several instances where a drug after getting FDA approval, gets their approval cancelled, as FDA have felt later that the drug has severe side effects. Moreover, we have mentioned that it should be “fought out” in order to make the drug error free.
    Hope next time before commenting on the articles, you read the article carefully and thoroughly. That would be a professional approach too before criticizing.

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