Annabelle L. Garcia, MD

San Antonio Dermatology

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Latisse - Eyelash Growth - Dermatologist in San Antonio, TX

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About Latisse

Most women turn to cosmetics when they want to enhance the length and fullness of their eyelashes, but for some women, these products can’t help. For those who suffer from a condition called hypotrichosis, lash growth is inadequate, which can be addressed with Latisse. Latisse is an FDA-approved prescription that when applied to the eyelid nightly, can produce longer, fuller, darker eyelashes. San Antonio dermatologist, Dr. Garcia, prescribes this medication for patients who want to feel more confident about their appearance. Typically, patients can achieve dramatic results in around 4 months.

How Latisse Works

Latisse is classified as a bimatoprost eye solution which is similar to a prostaglandin, a natural chemical found in the body. Prostaglandin is responsible for things such as controlling cell growth and regulating hormones. Doctors aren’t entirely sure how Latisse works or why it’s so effective, but some believe it has to do with the growth cycle of eyelashes. Just like hair found on the head, eyelashes go through stages of rest and growth. Doctors have observed that Latisse is responsible for keeping lashes in the growth stage for longer and for helping to transition lashes from the inactive to active growth phase. If a patient stops using Latisse, lashes will gradually return to normal.

What to Expect

Though Latisse is easy to apply, a patient must follow all instructions carefully. A patient must wash hands and face prior to application. The face should be makeup-free and contacts should be removed. Contacts can be put back in 15 minutes after application. Latisse should be applied evenly across the upper eyelid. Provided applicators should be thrown away after each use to keep the medication sterile. Patients should note that Latisse is not recommended to be used on bottom lashes. Full results should be achieved in about 4 months but most patients see an improvement in 3-4 weeks. It is possible that a patient may not obtain the same results on both sets of lashes.

The most common side effects are itchy or red eyes. Less common side effects can include a darkening or redness of the eyelid, eye dryness or eye irritation. If a patient discontinues the use of Latisse, eyelid darkening should be reversed in a few weeks up to a few months. In very rare cases, eye trauma could occur and a patient should seek medical attention immediately.

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Expected Cost

On average, Latisse costs around $120 per package, but prices can vary depending on a particular doctor. Each supply contains 60 applicators that are enough for one month since one applicator is used for each eye daily. Some doctors may offer a discount when the patient purchases a multi-month supply. It is important for a patient to keep in mind that he or she will be using the medication for at least 4 months to see full results so that should be taken into account when calculating costs of the medication. Once full results are achieved, a doctor may recommending use Latisse less frequently, such as two times a day, which results in less frequent prescriptions.

Get Fuller Lashes Today!

When eyelashes are especially short, sparse or appear to be missing, these could be signs of a medical condition known as hypotrichosis. This is when a person doesn’t have an adequate amount of eyelashes. Latisse is meant to grow lashes that look fuller, longer and darker naturally to help patients regain confidence. Patients with this condition should consult with a dermatologist to see if Latisse is right for them. We invite you to call our dermatology office today and learn more about this product and how it could help you.

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