Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica
Latisse is the only FDA-approved treatment for eyelash hypotrichosis, or abnormal eyelash growth. Although Latisse is not for everyone, it has proven effective in producing longer, thicker and darker eyelashes.
Latisse is available only by prescription, and your personal consultation with experienced Beverly Hills cosmetic surgeon and Latisse provider Dr. Eugene Kim can determine if Latisse will work for you.
How Latisse Works
Eyelashes are like the hair on your head in that eyelashes sprout, grow, then fall out. As with other types of bodily hair, some people experience inadequate or irregular eyelash growth.
The eyelash growth effects of Latisse were noted during clinical trials for a glaucoma medication featuring topical treatment of the drug bimatoprost, which is the active ingredient in Latisse. Latisse is thought to increase the number of eyelashes that sprout and extend their growth phase, producing eyelashes of increased length and volume.
Candidates for Latisse
Not everyone with eyelash loss or inadequate eyelashes is a candidate for Latisse, and people with certain eye conditions should avoid Latisse. Because Latisse lowers intraocular pressure, you should inform your doctor if you are taking medication for ocular hypertension and/or glaucoma so your eye pressure can be monitored.
Dr. Kim can answer your questions regarding Latisse treatment as it may affect any pre-existing conditions you may have or interfere with other medication you’re taking.
Latisse is initially applied nightly using provided sterile applicators. Before applying Latisse, your face should be clean and free of makeup, and your contacts should be removed.
Using a supplied sterile applicator, you place a single drop of Latisse near the applicator tip. The applicator should then be carefully drawn along the skin at the base of the upper eyelashes, from the inner to outer portion of your eyelash line. Latisse should be applied only to the upper eyelid and never the lower eyelid; the solution will naturally spread to the lower eyelash line, and additional application of Latisse to the lower eyelid may cause excess growth.
Excess Latisse should be blotted with a tissue, and the applicator should be disposed after one use.
Full results are typically seen within two months of nightly Latisse treatment, although some report more immediate results.
The effects of Latisse are not permanent, and your eyelashes will return to their original appearance if you discontinue use. After full results are seen, however, some patients are able to maintain results with continued treatments to two to three times per week
Latisse Side Effects
Side effects of Latisse are rare and most commonly include itchy, red and/or dry eyes. In some cases, hardening of the eyelid skin where Latisse is applied has been reported.
Other possible side effects include an increased, and potentially permanent, darkening of brown pigmentation in the iris and excess hair growth around the eyes if Latisse regularly runs or drips during and after application.
If you live in the Beverly Hills, Los Angeles or Santa Monica, California, areas and would like to learn if Latisse may work for you, please contact the experienced team at E. Kim Plastic Surgery.