Are you ready for eye-opening results? A first-of-its-kind, Upneeq lifts sagging upper eyelids with just a simple eyedrop. If you are suffering from droopy, low-lying eyelids due to aging or other issues, prescription Upneeq may provide you with a solution.
Since this nonsurgical option is new to most people, it’s natural to have a few questions about Upneeq, from where to buy it to its cost and side effects. In this blog post, I answer some of these common questions.
What Is Upneeq?
Upneeq (oxymetazoline hydrochloride ophthalmic solution, 0.1%) is the only FDA-approved prescription eyedrop used to treat low-lying lids (acquired blepharoptosis) in adults.
What Is Acquired Blepharoptosis?
Blepharoptosis is the medical term for low-lying or saggy eyelids. This condition causes your eyes to appear smaller than they usually would or make you look tired. Sagging upper eyelids can also affect peripheral vision. Many conditions and issues can cause droopy eyelids, including cataract surgery, medical conditions, BOTOX® Cosmetic, aging, and contact lens use.
Droopy eyelids can either be present from birth (congenital) or acquired, meaning it develops over time. Upneeq does not treat hereditary droopy eyelids. If you are unsure what is causing your sagging eyelids, consult with your ophthalmologist to ensure there is no underlying medical condition.
Where Can I Buy Upneeq?
My providers and I prescribe Upneeq for well-screened candidates with mild upper eyelid sagging. More generally, it is often available through a plastic surgeon’s office, medical spa, optometrist, or ophthalmologist. All prescriptions for Upneeq are supplied by RVL Pharmacy to our practice.
Can I Use Upneeq To Treat BOTOX-Induced Ptosis?
On rare occasions, BOTOX in the forehead can migrate to the eyelid muscles, causing BOTOX-induced ptosis (sagging). This side-effect wears off rather quickly; however, Upneeq can stimulate and elevate the eyelid in the interim. Talk to a qualified, experienced injector if you are experiencing this issue, as they may be able to prescribe Upneeq to help improve the eyelid sagging until the Botox wears off.
How Does Upneeq Work?
You place one drop in each eye once daily. This eye drop triggers the Muller’s (or Mueller’s) muscle, causing the muscle to contract and raise the upper eyelid. Most people see improvement within 2 hours of applying the drops and may last up to 8 hours.
Are There Side Effects of Using Upneeq?
Some adverse reactions may include eye dryness, inflammation, redness, and irritation, as well as blurred vision, headache, and eye pain at the time of use. These reactions are very rare but please make sure to disclose your medical history to your prescribing physician or provider.
What Is the Difference Between Upneeq and an Eyelid Lift?
Upneeq is a helpful but temporary alternative to surgery. It’s not a substitute for a surgical eyelid lift (blepharoplasty), which offers long-lasting results and treats both genetic and acquired droopy/sagging eyelids.
Am I a Candidate for Upneeq?
You may be a good candidate for Upneeq if you suffer from mild eyelid sagging. It is essential to disclose any and all medications and supplements you may be taking, as some may interfere with Upneeq. It may also elevate eye pressure. Make sure to tell your board-certified cosmetic surgeon and certified provider about your medical history so they may determine if you are a good candidate.
What Does Upneeq Cost?
A 45-day supply costs $199. Your provider can provide further information on the cost during your consultation. All Upneeq prescriptions are fulfilled by RVL Pharmacy to the practice, which is not submittable to insurance.
If you would like to learn more about surgical and nonsurgical options for droopy/sagging eyelids, including prescription Upneeq, request a consultation or call us at (407) 333-3040 to schedule an appointment.