Revitalize Your Aging Eyes
The position of the eyelids has an impact on the energy of the entire face. People with low-lying upper eyelids that obscure some of the iris may look tired. Their eyes look heavy, changing the energy of the face to appear older and potentially less motivated or less friendly. Because our eyes are a strong representation of personality, people with droopy eyelids may seek treatment to correct their appearance. Historically, the primary way to treat ptosis, sagging of the eyelid, was to surgically modify the muscle that is responsible for moving this part of the eye. Some people have undergone blepharoplasty to try to improve their eyelid position. Now, we have the option of treating acquired ptosis nonsurgically. At The Bougainvillea Clinique, a premier plastic surgery and medical day spa destination in Winter Park, FL, we treat this condition using a prescription called UPNEEQ.
What is UPNEEQ and What Does it Treat?
UPNEEQ® is a prescription eye drop developed specifically to treat acquired ptosis. This medication, a 0.1% oxymetazoline hydrochloride ophthalmic solution, is prescribed for daily use. Patients place one drop into each eye once a day to trigger a lifted appearance. UPNEEQ works by causing the levator palpebrae muscle to contract involuntarily. The contraction of this muscle causes the eyelid to lift about 1 millimeter. This is not a dramatic lift, but it is enough of a change to make a noticeable difference in the appearance of the eyes.
Clinically speaking, UPNEEQ is formulated to treat blepharoptosis, sagging of the upper eyelids. Eyelids that sit low over the surface of the eye can make the eyes appear smaller. Depending on the degree of ptosis, a person’s vision may be somewhat obstructed. Acquired blepharoptosis can develop for a number of reasons, including previous eye surgery, aging, and certain medical conditions. Temporary blepharoptosis can be caused by the inadvertent migration of Botox or other neuromodulators to the eyelid muscles. UPNEEQ may be used to treat each of these causes.
Who is a Candidate for a UPNEEQ Prescription?
This innovative non-surgical treatment for drooping eyelids presents an opportunity for many adults to address low-lying upper eyelids. Before prescribing this medication, the doctor performs a thorough consultation and assessment of the eyelids. It is also necessary to perform a medical history review and to discuss all medications that the patient is taking. Some medications may interfere with the effects of UPNEEQ or vice versa; UPNEEQ may interfere with medications like beta-blockers, cardiac glycosides, anti-hypertensive medications, and monoamine oxidase inhibitors.
UPNEEQ can be taken with other eye drops and can be used by people who wear contact lenses. Patients must simply wait 15 minutes after inserting UPNEEQ eye drops to apply any other drops or insert contact lenses.
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Does UPNEEQ Have Side Effects?
UPNEEQ has been carefully studied through clinical trials to ensure safety and efficacy for its prescribed use. Two six-week trials included over 300 patients diagnosed with acquired blepharoptosis. An additional study was performed to focus solely on the safety of the drug. UPNEEQ is made of oxymetazoline hydrochloride, which is the primary ingredient in decongestant nasal sprays. As a nasal spray decongestant, the ingredient works by causing the constriction of blood vessels. As an eye drop, it works by causing the contraction of the eyelid muscle.
During clinical trials, 1 to 5% of patients developed side effects. These included eye redness, irritation, or inflammation, blurred vision, dry eye, headache, and corneal inflammation. There is a slight risk of temporary eye pain after applying the eye drops, and also a modest risk of what is called rebound redness. This side effect can occur with the application of eye drops that are made to relieve redness through blood vessel constriction. This risk exists because oxymetazoline hydrochloride in UPNEEQ can cause blood vessels to contract. Due to this effect, there is a very slight chance that UPNEEQ use may cause elevated blood pressure. The increase is subtle and is usually harmless. Nonetheless, it is a potential side effect that patients with blood pressure issues should know.
If you experience significant or prolonged redness after using UPNEEQ or other concerning symptoms, contact your doctor. They may schedule a visit to observe the redness and discuss how to expedite recovery.
When Should You Speak with Your Doctor about UPNEEQ?
If you have droopy or heavy-looking upper eyelids and would like to improve this condition to look younger and more energetic, schedule a consultation with us. Many plastic surgery offices and ophthalmology practices now offer UPNEEQ as a nonsurgical eyelid rejuvenation option.
How Soon Will I Notice Results with UPNEEQ?
UPNEEQ begins to work immediately and, within 15 minutes, patients start to see a change in the appearance of their eyes. It can take up to two hours for the full effects of this medication to develop. In clinical studies, the effects of a single dose of UPNEEQ were shown to last at least six hours.
How Long Can I Use UPNEEQ?
According to data published by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, UPNEEQ can be used indefinitely. Patients must use the medication as directed. One drop in each eye, once a day.
Schedule A Consultation
If you’re interested in learning more about UPNEEQ treatment for droopy eyelids, please contact us for a consultation at 407-678-3116. We will discuss your needs and concerns, and determine your best course of action.