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How Does UPNEEQ® Work to Lift the Eyelids?

Drooping eyelids are a common sign of aging, and they can make you look tired or even obstruct your vision. UPNEEQ® is the first FDA-approved eye drop that lifts the eyelids to make your eyes look wider and brighter. While not as dramatic as a surgical eye lift, the results of UPNEEQ® will make people notice how well-rested and refreshed you look.

What is UPNEEQ®?

The FDA has approved UPNEEQ® to treat drooping eyelids, also called ptosis. This drooping happens with age as the upper eyelid muscles stretch and weaken. UPNEEQ® is the first eye drop to noticeably lift the eyelids. It’s a prescription-only treatment, so if you want to try UPNEEQ®, the team at FACE Skincare~Medical~Wellness can help

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How Does UPNEEQ® Work to Lift the Eyelids?

A muscle called the levator palpebrae muscle (Muller’s muscle) is responsible for raising the upper eyelid. UPNEEQ®  works by triggering this muscle to contract. Its active ingredient, oxymetazoline hydrochloride, is also found in some over-the-counter nasal sprays, where it contracts the blood vessels. These products should never be used in your eyes. With time, the levator palpebrae muscle can weaken, but UPNEEQ® tightens it for a subtle but visible eyelid lift. This muscle works involuntarily, so you don’t control it and can’t lift it by yourself. 

How Do I Use UPNEEQ®?

You will receive UPNEEQ® in a set of single-use applicators. You apply it once a day, and the results will last six to eight hours. It’s important to avoid touching the tip of the applicator to anything before use since this could transfer bacteria to your eyes. Once UPNEEQ® has been applied, it takes between 5 minutes and two hours to begin working. 

Am I a Good Candidate for UPNEEQ®?

If you have drooping or sagging eyelids, UPNEEQ® may be beneficial for you. Candidates should understand that they will not see the kind of lift results that a surgical procedure would achieve. UPNEEQ® can interfere with certain medications, so be sure to discuss the current medications that you are taking during your consultation. People with uncontrolled high blood pressure should not use UPNEEQ®. It is safe to use for those with controlled blood pressure.   

How Much Does UPNEEQ® Cost?

While UPNEEQ® does require a prescription, it is typically considered elective, and your insurance will usually not cover it. UPNEEQ® costs $200 for a 45 day supply. This price may vary, so ask during your visit. 

What Results Will I See From UPNEEQ®?

Results from UPNEEQ® become visible 5 minutes to 2 hours after application and last for six to eight hours. Most people see about 1 mm of lift, which may sound small, but can make a noticeable difference. The upper eyelid will lift, revealing more of the eye, causing your eyes to look wider and brighter. 

Are There Any Side Effects From UPNEEQ®?

UPNEEQ® is considered extremely safe, and very few side effects have been reported. Most patients notice an improvement in dry eyes and irritation and an overall soothing effect. In rare instances, patients may experience dry, irritated, or red eyes after using UPNEEQ®. If this occurs, patients should discontinue use. If your drooping upper eyelids continue to bother you, an upper eyelid lift procedure can give you long-lasting results.

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Take the Next Step – Request an Appointment

To learn more about UPNEEQ® – and if it’s right for you – schedule an appointment by visiting FACE Skincare~Medical~Wellness online or calling 1 (248) 621-8162.

FACE Skincare~Medical~Wellness is a multi-award-winning beauty and wellness clinic founded by skin expert Holly Cutler, also known as The Skin Saint, and named as “one of the most advanced Med Spas in the country” by Forbes magazine

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