3 Unique Non-Surgical Blepharoplasty Options

Do you want to enhance your eyelids, but avoid going under the knife like the plague? You’re not alone—the thought of getting surgery around the eyes is daunting for many. The good news is, there are effective non-surgical blepharoplasty options to help you achieve a refreshed look.

Learn how Upneeq eye drops, Botox, and Ultherapy can enhance your eyes with minimal downtime and pain.

Blepharoplasty: How Does It Work?

Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that improves the eyelids’ appearance. It can remove excess skin, fat, and muscle that may be causing sagging or puffiness.

During the procedure, the surgeon makes an incision along the natural crease of your upper eyelid, or below the lower lashes on the lower lid. After removing excess tissue, he’ll close the incisions with stitches or skin glue.

It takes a few weeks to see full results after the surgery. But after healing, patients enjoy results for 5-7 years.

What Are Blepharoplasty’s Side Effects?

When you select a skilled provider, blepharoplasty is a safe and effective procedure. But like any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and side effects to know. Some common side effects are:

  •  Swelling
  •  Bruising
  •  Dry eye
  •  Temporary changes in vision
  •  Numbness or tightness in the treatment area

In rare cases, more serious complications can occur. Many people opt for non-surgical blepharoplasty options to mitigate the chances of infection, scarring, and changes in skin sensation.

Can I Sculpt My Eyes Without Surgery?

It’s possible to improve the appearance of your eyes without resorting to surgery. Non-surgical blepharoplasty options can:

  •  Lift and tighten the skin around the eyes
  •  Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
  •  Improve the overall contour of the eye area

Note that these options may not offer the same level of results as surgery. But they can be fantastic options for those not ready to go under the knife or who want to make subtle improvements.

As with any cosmetic treatment, results differ per patient. You may need several treatments to achieve the results you want. Select a qualified provider to perform the treatment for the best outcome.

What Are Non-Surgical Alternatives to Blepharoplasty?

Three popular non-surgical alternatives to blepharoplasty are Upneeq, Botox, and Ultherapy:


Upneeq is a prescription eye drop that enhances the eye area. A recent study showed Oxymetazoline 0.1% “provided rapid and sustained upper eyelid elevation,” and is an “effective non-surgical treatment for acquired ptosis” [1].

The formula reduces the appearance of wrinkles and dark circles. Unlike your everyday eye drop, Upneeq contains a combination of active ingredients, including oxymetazoline, which reduces swelling. It also has a blend of antioxidants and other skin-repairing ingredients that help improve the overall tone and texture of the skin around the eyes.

Patients enjoy Upneeq because it’s non-invasive, convenient, and easy to use. Once you obtain a prescription, you can use the eye drops from the comfort of your home. Depending on your condition, your provider may give specific frequency and dosage recommendations. Since there’s no surgery involved, you can go about your day after applying Upneeq eye drops in the morning.

While Upneeq produces visible results within minutes, blepharoplasty results may take weeks to manifest. If you have mild to moderate concerns about your eyes’ appearance, Upneeq may be a gentle yet effective option.


Botox is an injectable known for banishing facial wrinkles and other aging signs. The dermal filler temporarily paralyzes the underlying muscles. When this happens, the muscles can’t contract, causing the skin to look smoother and more youthful.

Botox effects last for 3-4 months. It’s safe to repeat the treatment as necessary to maintain your desired results.

Similar to Upneeq, Botox takes minutes to administer. Your provider will create a custom treatment plan to address your specific concerns and goals.


Ultherapy is a non-invasive skin tightening treatment that uses ultrasound energy to lift and tighten the skin. It works by delivering energy to the deeper layers of the skin. This stimulates collagen and elastin production. With more collagen and elastin, your skin becomes firmer and more toned.

Like Upneeq and Botox, there’s minimal downtime with Ultherapy. Each session takes no more than an hour to complete. Most people can resume their normal activities right after the treatment.

This non-surgical blepharoplasty option is great for men and women not needing drastic work done around the eyes. Results can last around two years, which means there’s not a ton of maintenance after completing a session.

Which Procedure Is Right for Me?

Everyone’s circumstances are different, so the right procedure comes down to preferences. If you don’t want to deal with needles or ultrasound, then Upneeq is a promising choice. It produces quick results with minimal downtime and no recovery period. Your provider can tailor your Upneeq treatment to your specific concerns and cosmetic goals.

It’s important to have realistic expectations when using non-surgical blepharoplasty options. They’re best for those with mild cases of:

  •  Sagging skin
  •  Wrinkles and fine lines
  •  Dark circles

Upneeq, Botox, and Ultherapy are all remarkable treatment options for delivering subtle improvements.

Not sure which of the three is ideal for your needs? Consult with an experienced provider to determine if you’re a good candidate for them. Always Beautiful Medical Aesthetics and Cosmetics can help you understand the benefits and limitations of these treatments, so you can make an informed decision.

Upneeq for Lifted Eyes | Aurora and Denver, CO

Ready to stop looking tired or irritated when you’re not? Always Beautiful Medical Aesthetics and Cosmetics is the leading provider of Upneeq eye drops for eye enhancement. We also offer Botox anti-aging injections.

Aurora and Denver, CO residents trust us with their cosmetic procedures. Find out which non-surgical blepharoplasty option is best for you by scheduling a free consultation. Get in touch by calling (720) 280-7016.



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Rapid and Sustained Eyelid Elevation in Acquired Blepharoptosis with Oxymetazoline 0.1%: Randomized Phase 3 Trial Results, Dovepress Clinical Ophthalmology, Jason Bacharach, David L Wirta, Robert Smyth-Medina, Michael S Korenfeld, Shane R Kannarr, Shane Foster, Mark J Jaros, and Charles B Slonim




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Ali McCoy
Ali McCoy

Meet Ali McCoy Stengel, LE, RN, BSN

Denver Area Aesthetic Injector, Speaker, and Trainer

My name is Ali and I am the founder, owner, and Master Nurse Injector at Always Beautiful® Medspa. I have been in medicine since 2002, although my passion for facial aesthetics began much earlier. Growing up with acne and self-esteem issues, it became my mission to help others feel comfortable in their skin. Bringing beauty and medicine together became the ultimate pairing to educate the patient, staff, and injector for a safe experience and natural results.

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