When Dr. Delgado meets with patients who want longer, darker, thicker eyelashes, he may recommend Latisse, a medication approved by the FDA for the treatment of inadequate eyelashes. Applied topically, Latisse can be used by individuals who have naturally sparse eyelashes or whose eyelashes have become thinner with age. It can also be used by individuals who simply want to look their best by having longer, thicker eyelashes without the need for extensions, tinting, or mascara.

Latisse contains bimatoprost, which is the same active ingredient in Lumigan, a medication that is used to treat the eye condition glaucoma. During Lumigan clinical trials, eyelash growth was observed as a very common side effect of the medication. Capitalizing on this phenomenon, Allergan, the manufacturers of Latisse, created a unique applicator system for dispensing the medication and began marketing bimatoprost to individuals with inadequate eyelashes.

What to Expect with Latisse

Latisse is a medication that is applied topically every night for 16 weeks. It should be carefully applied along the upper lash only, using the sterile, disposable applicators that come with the medication. Most patients will begin to notice longer lashes by the 4th week. By week 8, the lashes will appear fuller and darker. By 16 weeks, the most dramatic and full results should be experienced. Once patients reach the 16-week mark, they will meet with Dr. Delgado again to discuss whether they should continue using Latisse to maintain their results.

Side Effects of Latisse

Bimatoprost has undergone extensive testing and has been deemed safe for use in and around the eyes. That being said, individuals using Latisse should be aware that certain side effects and reactions could occur while using the medication. These include:

  • Eye redness, discomfort, or itchiness
  • Dry eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Red or puffy eyelids
  • Darkening of skin that has been touched by the medication
  • Brown discoloration of the iris (colored part of the eye) with prolonged use

Most of these side effects resolve soon after discontinuing Latisse; however, if the iris changes color, it may not return to its natural color after you stop using Latisse. For this reason, it’s important to carefully observe your eyes and attend regular appointments with Dr. Delgado while using Latisse.

Benefits of Latisse

Many of our Marin County patients are enjoying longer, more luscious eyelashes thanks to Latisse. When used properly, this treatment can improve the length, fullness, and color of eyelashes. Latisse gives you beautiful lashes without the hassle of using lash extensions, lash tinting, and applying mascara daily. If you’re interested in trying Latisse, please contact Novato Med Spa to set up an initial consultation with Dr. Delgado.


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