Upneeq contains 0.1% oxymetazoline hydrochloride ophthalmic solution. This chemical, Oxymetazoline, is an ingredient in nasal decongestant sprays to open blocked passages. However, when used in Upneeq, it causes the upper eyelid muscle to contract. This contraction causes a subtle lifting effect and opens the eye wider.
Visible improvement in opening the eyelid is seen within 15 minutes of application. The lifting effect lasts 8 hours.
- Cataract surgery or LASIK
- Eye injuries searing contact lenses
- Migrating Botox
- Other medical conditions
Upneeq was developed to treat acquired ptosis, the most common cause of droopy eyelids. As we age, the skin loses structural proteins like elastin and collagen that provide elasticity in the eyelids. Elasticity is necessary for the eyelids to lift properly. The pull of gravity as you age, plus the loss of elasticity, causes the upper eyelid to droop over the eye. Acquired ptosis is a cosmetic concern, but drooping eyelids can also impair vision.
Upneeq has proven safe and effective and improves the appearance of the upper eyelid and your vision scope. You may see an uplift in your upper eyelids within 15 minutes. In fact, some patients saw an improvement in droopy eyelids in only five minutes.