What’s all the buzz about?!?

Latisse™ is getting all the buzz these days. Latisse is the first FDA approved drug specifically indicated to promote eyelash growth. Allergan the makers of Botox and Juvederm, also make Latisse. According to Allergan, Latisse users can expect to experience longer, fuller, and darker eyelashes in as little as eight weeks, with full results in 16 weeks.” No wonder everyone wants it. Once Latisse is stopped, eyelashes will slowly return to there pre-treatment appearance. The prescription requires a brief medical evaluation from a physician to make certain there are no contraindications.


Why everyone wants it.
Beautiful long eyelashes have always been highly desired by women across cultures. Their presents creates a warm, feminine quality that universally warms and enhances the intrinsic beauty of the eyes. For years, a variety of mascara products have been put on the market to create this attractive look. Today, Latisse, the first FDA approved drug specifically indicated to promote eyelash growth is giving mascara a run for its money. In 8-16 weeks of use, users will experience fuller, longer, and darker eyelashes without the need for mascara.

latisse before and after photos

Safety and Side Effects.
Even though Latisse™ is used for cosmetic enhancement of the upper eyelashes, it is not mascara. It is a FDA approved medical drug that is manufactured by Allergan, the makers of Botox and Juvederm, specifically indicated for creating longer, thicker, and darker eyelashes. It’s active ingredient is Lumigan, which is a glaucoma drug. According to Allergan, Latisse™ was well-tolerated in its clinical trials, with the most common side effects being eye redness, itchy eyes, and skin hyperpigmentation. Most of these are reversible once it is stopped. The overall, side effect rate is 4% according the Allergan. In order to know if Latisse™ is right for you, it is required that all new users have an evaluation by a physician. Certain drugs, eye drops, and eye conditions can increase the risk of other side effects. If you would like more information, please let me know. I would love to discuss this topic with you further.

How it is used with other Cosmetic Treatments.
As the old saying goes, the eyes have it. My practice specializes in aesthetic facial plastic surgery. Most of my patients want to look better or younger. Perhaps one of the best ways to accomplish this goal is to enhance the eyes. After all, this is the part of our face that most people are looking at during day to day conversation. With the launch of Latisse™, the new eyelash thickening, lengthening, and darkening drug, we have another tool to help our patients create a more beautiful eye. I personally, think this product is a great compliment to Botox, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes. Another very cosmetic procedure is the use of a filler to correct the hollows beneath the lower eyelid region. These are all simple methods in which Latisse™ can be paired together to enhance the natural beauty of an individual’s eyes. Of course, it can also enhance the results of our blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) and fat transfer results as well.

Dr. Karam, a facial plastic surgeon in San Diego  is board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and American Board of Otolaryngology, offers services in San Diego County including San Diego, Del Mar, Carlsbad, Carmel Valley, Encinitas, Rancho Bernardo and La Jolla in Southern California. If you are ready to schedule an appointment with Dr. Karam contact us today. 858.259.3223

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