Latisse®, a medication that encourages the growth of longer, thicker eyelashes, is gaining popularity in Los Angeles. Long, lush eyelashes have always been considered attractive, but not everyone is naturally blessed with beautiful lashes. Many of us have thin, short eyelashes, which will inevitably become sparser as we age. Latisse has been clinically proven to double lash fullness in just four months, putting beautiful lashes within reach for many people. Unfortunately, as this treatment has grown in popularity, it is being dispensed by people outside of the medical community, leading to higher incidences of side effects. Latisse is an effective way to grow longer, fuller, and darker eyelashes, but it is not appropriate for everyone. We encourage patients in the Marina Del Rey area to make an appointment with our Dermatologist to discuss Latisse before using the product.

Hypotrichosis is the medical term used to describe inadequate or short eyelashes. For many years, the only way to increase fullness or length was through cosmetics or fake eyelashes. Now eyelash growth can be encouraged through the use of Latisse, which can provide you with thicker, longer, and darker lashes without the need for cosmetics or extensions. The active ingredient in Latisse is the same active ingredient used in Lumigan, prescription eyedrops created by Allergan that are used to treat glaucoma. Eyelash growth was a known side effect of Lumigan, which later led to Allergan creating and marketing Latisse for eyelash growth. To experience effective results, Latisse must be applied daily for at least two months, and the treatment must be continued to maintain the results. Once you stop using Latisse, your eyelashes will gradually return to their original state.

To decrease the risk of side effects, Latisse is only approved for use on the upper eyelid lash line. Use of Latisse anywhere else is not recommend or safe. There are some side effects associated with the use of Latisse. Some patients may experienced eye irritation in the form of itchy, red, or dry eyes while using Latisse. Other patients may experience pigment changes on their eyelids or their irises (the colored part of the eye). Patients who experience darkening of the eyelids typically see their skin return to its normal color once the medication is stopped. Although rare, some blue-eyed patients experience a change in their eye color, from blue to brown. If this occurs, it is unlikely to be reversible. Latisse is safe to use under the supervision of an experienced doctor. By using the product exactly as directed and informing your doctor of any unexpected changes, you are less likely to experience any lasting problems when using Latisse; however, when Latisse is acquired from an unauthorized source or used without your doctor’s supervision, side effects are more likely to occur.

Latisse is a great solution for patients who desire fuller, more attractive eyelashes. To find out if you’re an ideal candidate for this medication, please contact one of our Marina Dermatology offices in LA today. Our Cosmetic Dermatologist can help you decide if Latisse is the right solution for you.