Dr. Andrew Smith offers LATISSE® for Orange County patients who are searching for an effective treatment for dramatic-looking eyes without wearing too much makeup. LATISSE helps grow your eyelashes longer, thicker, and darker in a matter of weeks. For those looking for alternatives to eyelash extensions in Irvine and surrounding areas, and would like to grow their own eyelashes longer, thicker and darker, LATISSE may help you achieve an enhanced eye appearance.
Although any doctor can prescribe LATISSE, it’s important to choose someone who understands how it works. By choosing a plastic surgeon as your physician for LATISSE, you have added peace of mind. To discuss LATISSE with a board-certified plastic surgeon, contact us online or call our Irvine and Corona plastic surgery offices at (949) 653-7000.
What is LATISSE?
LATISSE is the first and only FDA-approved treatment for hypotrichosis (having inadequate eyelashes) and is available only by prescription. The active ingredient in LATISSE, bimatoprost, increases the number of hairs grown during the eyelash growth phase and extends the duration of the growth phase. The resulting eyelashes are long, thick and dark.
Who Can Use LATISSE?
People who do not have eye pressure problems and are not allergic to any of the ingredients may be good candidates for LATISSE. Irvine and Orange County patients considering this product should meet with Dr. Smith to determine if it is right for them.
How Do I Use LATISSE?
LATISSE should be applied to the base of your upper eyelashes each evening. The process is quick and easy.
- Be sure that your face is clean and your contact lenses are removed.
- Place LATISSE on a sterile applicator.
- Carefully apply LATISSE to the base of your upper eyelashes.
- Remove any excess solution.
What Are the Side Effects of LATISSE?
LATISSE may cause some mild itching or redness. This will diminish with regular use and is not an indication of more serious complications. There may be some slight darkening of the skin on the eyelid, but this will fade when LATISSE is discontinued. You can discuss other side effects prior to being prescribed LATISSE.
When Will I See Results?
LATISSE works gradually as new eyelashes grow in. Typically, some changes can be seen after 8 weeks with maximum results visible after 12 to 16 weeks. If you discontinue use, your eyelashes will eventually return to the way they were before treatment.