Full, lush lashes can improve any woman’s appearance. The typical treatments on the market, such as the application of false eyelashes and eyelash extensions, can be cumbersome and time consuming. Today, there is a superior treatment option - one that actually allows patients to grow thicker and longer lashes. Latisse® is a prescription product that is designed to increase the growth of the lashes, specifically their length, fullness, and darkness. Bay Area plastic surgeon John R. Griffin can prescribe Latisse® to patients who desire longer and thicker lashes.
Am I a Candidate for Latisse®?
Latisse® is indicated for patients with hypotrichosis, a condition that is characterized by sparse and inadequate lashes. Women who have short, light, and few lashes will benefit from treatment.
Patients who are interested in starting the Latisse® treatment regimen should be at least 16 years of age.
Latisse® is a prostaglandin analog. Patients who take intraocular pressure-lowering prostaglandin analog, such as for the treatment of glaucoma, may not be good candidates for the use of Latisse®. If patients do take Latisse® and IOP-lowering prostaglandin analogs concurrently, they should have their IOP measured regularly.
Latisse® Usage Instructions
Latisse® is easy to use and takes just a minute of time each night. After washing the face and moisturizing before bed, patients should apply the Latisse® product to the upper eyelids. The product should be applied along the lash line, using one of the provided sterile applicators. If any excess solution seeps onto the area beyond the lash line, it should be removed. The process can then be repeated on the opposite eye, using a fresh applicator. After Latisse® has been applied, patients should dispose of the applicator; a new applicator should be used with each application to reduce the risk of infection.
If you wear contact lenses, they should be removed prior to applying the product. Wait at least 15 minutes before inserting contact lenses after applying Latisse®.
Latisse® should not be used on the lower lash line.
When Do Results Become Visible?
The results of Latisse® treatment may take one to four months to appear. Patients often achieve dramatic results when they use the product as indicated.
Potential Side Effects and Risks
Latisse® may result in some temporary side effects such as itchiness, dryness, discomfort, and red eyes.
Latisse® may also cause hyperpigmentation, or discoloration, of the skin with which it comes into contact. This hyperpigmentation typically goes away with discontinued use of the product.
Latisse® may cause an increase in brown pigmentation of the iris (the colored part of the eye). If this occurs, it is generally permanent.
Latisse® may cause hair growth on any skin that the product frequently comes into contact with.
Once use of Latisse® has ceased, any increase in the length, thickness, and darkness of the lashes will fade.
To inquire about getting a Latisse® prescription and schedule a consultation, contact Dr. John Griffin’s practice today. Dr. Griffin will examine your lashes and discuss your medical history to determine if Latisse® is appropriate for you.