Florence Mussat, M.D.
680 N Lake Shore Dr. #1030 Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 751-9000



UPNEEQ in Chicago

Do your eyes always make you look tired, even after you’ve had a restful sleep? If your answer is yes, you may struggle with the common condition called ptosis, better known as sagging eyelids.

This cosmetic and potential functional issue typically develops later in life, but can affect adults of all ages. The problem manifests when eyelid muscles stretch and weaken, causing your upper eyelids to droop. Other issues that may cause this concern include wearing contact lenses, cataract surgery, or having an underlying medical condition.

Now, imagine an eye-opening lift with a non-surgical, FDA-approved solution. UPNEEQ (oxymetazoline hydrochloride ophthalmic solution) is a prescription eye drop Dr. Mussat employs to treat sagging eyelids in adults.

How Do Sagging Eyelids Affect You?

In addition to impacting your appearance, acquired ptosis can also affect your sight by limiting your field of vision. It may also cause issues with:

Day-to-Day Functioning

  • Driving
  • Reading
  • Computer use


  • Look tired or permanent scowl
  • Eyes appear asymmetric

Eyelid Lift in a Bottle

While it may sound too good to be true, the results of UPNEEQ speak for themselves. Though you can’t expect the same dramatic improvements as a surgical eyelid lift can provide, our patients see an average of approximately one-millimeter lift in their upper eyelid after only one application – a noticeable difference.

For adults in Chicago, this first-of-its-kind non-surgical procedure for droopy lids is an option many patients can benefit from, including those who aren’t yet ready to commit to plastic surgery, but who are still dealing with the effects of ptosis.

How Does UPNEEQ Work?

UPNEEQ is safe and effective for treating acquired eyelid ptosis in adults. The eye drops contain the active ingredient oxymetazoline hydrochloride, which triggers the tiny muscles in your upper eyelids to contract and create a natural-looking lift. It takes approximately 15 minutes to take effect, with results that will last all day.

Ideal candidates for UPNEEQ are adult women and men concerned with their sagging upper eyelids from acquired – not congenital – ptosis. In addition, because UPNEEQ is an alpha-adrenergic agonist, it could affect blood pressure and interfere with prescription medications such as beta blockers.

UPNEEQ can also increase the risks for patients with glaucoma. The best way to determine your UPNEEQ candidature is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mussat at her surgical center in Chicago.

What UPNEEQ Can Do for You

In most clinical trials, patients showed a marked improvement in as little as two hours. Eighty-four percent of those tested had some improvement, and almost three-quarters had more than 50% improvement.

Also, patients saw a noticeable lift in their eyelids in as little as five minutes. These same clinical trials proved UPNEEQ to be safe and well-tolerated.

Easy Application

To use UPNEEQ at home, follow some simple steps for safe and effective outcomes. After cutting open the foil wrapper and removing the single vial, apply one drop in each eye as directed daily. Don’t allow the tip to touch your eye or any other surface. Never reuse vials; discard them after use.

If you wear contact lenses, remove them before applying UPNEEQ drops, then replace them after 15 minutes. If you take another topical ophthalmic drug, wait at least 15 minutes between each application.

Only Use as Directed

  • Each vial contains enough to allow for one drop in each eye.
  • Only use UPNEEQ in your eyes. Never swallow or ingest this product.
  • Store UPNEEQ between 68 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit and protect it from excessive heat.
  • Keep away from children.

What Should My Doctor Know Before Prescribing UPNEEQ?

You should allow Dr. Mussat to review your complete medical history before she prescribes UPNEEQ. The treatment belongs to a medication class that can affect your blood pressure. If you are taking medication for an enlarged prostate or heart disease, use UPNEEQ carefully.

How Much Does UPNEEQ Cost and How Do I Order?

Of course, cost is at the forefront of most patients’ decisions when considering eyelid lift procedures. To receive an estimate for your UPNEEQ treatments, please call our clinic to learn about our pricing and ordering information.

For more information about how UPNEEQ can lift droopy upper lids without surgery, contact us or call (312) 751-9000.


How long will UPNEEQ last?

UPNEEQ lasts around eight hours and is a once-daily application. Patients should wait at least 15 minutes before inserting contact lenses or using other eye drops after an UPNEEQ application.

What are UPNEEQ’s side effects?

Typical side effects related to UPNEEQ are eye irritation, eye inflammation, dry eye, blurred vision, and headache.

How will long my UPNEEQ results last?

Clinical studies indicate one dose of UPNEEQ is effective for up to 10 hours.

How does UPNEEQ compare to eyelid surgery?

UPNEEQ helps patients with acquired blepharoptosis or droopy lids that sag over time. It is ideal for temporary use – achieving mild ptosis improvement. However, UPNEEQ is not a substitute for eyelid surgery, offering long-lasting solutions that treat genetic and acquired droopy eyelids. UPNEEQ can be a useful but temporary option for patients who aren’t yet ready to have a surgical eye lift.

Can I use UPNEEQ if I have prescription contacts?

Yes, you can wear contact lenses if you use UPNEEQ treatments. Still, you should remove them before applying the eye drops, then wait 15 minutes before putting them back in.