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What are Upneeq eye drops?

Upneeq, also known as oxymetazoline hydrochloride ophthalmic solution, is an FDA-endorsed eye drop produced by RVL Pharmaceuticals. It is utilized to manage ptosis, a condition resulting in drooping upper eyelids. Upneeq Santa Barbara targets the Müller muscle in the eyelids, triggering a contraction that lifts the eyelid, thus enhancing vision and aesthetic appeal. This daily, non-surgical therapy provides an accessible way to manage ptosis, with notable improvements typically seen within a few weeks of initiating treatment.

How does Upneeq work?

Upneeq houses oxymetazoline hydrochloride, an alpha-adrenergic agonist. This compound prompts the small muscles in your upper eyelids, known as levator palpebrae, to contract, effectively raising your eyelids by an average of 1mm. The effects are rapid, usually noticeable within 15 minutes, and they persist throughout the day.

Is Upneeq safe?

The FDA has declared Upneeq as both safe and effective for treating adult acquired eyelid ptosis. The principal ingredient, oxymetazoline hydrochloride, is found in decongestant nasal sprays such as Afrin®. In these sprays, it acts by causing blood vessels to contract, thereby clearing the nasal passage. In Upneeq, the same compound incites eyelid muscle contraction, leading to eyelid elevation.


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Who should consider Upneeq Santa Barbara?

Upneeq is a suitable option for individuals grappling with droopy or low-lying eyelids as a result of mild to severe eyelid ptosis. We recommend scheduling a no-cost consultation with one of our Expert Providers to assess whether Upneeq aligns with your needs.

How is Upneeq applied?

Applying Upneeq involves two straightforward steps. First, slice open the foil wrapper and retrieve the single-use vial. Second, administer one drop of Upneeq to each eye once daily as instructed. Opened vials should not be reused and should be disposed of post-use.

When should I expect results?

You should observe your eyelids becoming noticeably elevated within approximately 5 to 15 minutes post-application.

How long do Upneeq’s effects last?

Clinical research indicates that one dosage of Upneeq can yield effects lasting between 8 and 10 hours.

Can Upneeq be used with prescription contacts?

Absolutely. You may use contact lenses while on Upneeq. However, it’s advised to remove them before applying Upneeq eye drops and wait 15 minutes post-application before reinserting them.

What does Upneeq cost?

A box of Upneeq, containing 45 single-use vials sufficient for both eyes, can range in price from $200 – $300.

What side effects can Upneeq Santa Barbara have?

Side effects linked to Upneeq Santa Barbara are generally rare and mild, but can include eye inflammation or irritation, redness, dry eye, and headaches. If you encounter any side effects, please reach out to us at 805-318-3280.


Whether you are thinking about Upneeq Santa Barbara, having an aesthetic treatment, a non-surgical procedure or have had prior surgery and are seeking to additional touch-ups, it is critical to work with a skilled plastic surgeon who specializes in facial procedures. Dr. Robert Sheffield is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon at SB Aesthetics offering aesthetic and cosmetic services to those in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, Oxnard and Ventura, CA, and the surrounding communities.  Dr. Sheffield offers patients a customized treatment plan and is available to answer your questions. To schedule a consultation, call 805.318.3280 today.


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