A smile that exposes a lot of gum can make a person feel self-conscious and reluctant to smile in public. A gummy smile is caused by a hyperactive muscle, and can be helped simply through the injection of Botulinum toxin to relax the muscle. This simple and safe procedure is administered by qualified dentists who are uniquely placed to assess your smile and place those injections in the places that will give you the most aesthetically pleasing result.
WHAT TO EXPECT
A free consultation with our medical professionals will assess your suitability for Botulinum toxin treatments and devise a customised plan for you. The treatment takes about 15 minutes in total. Local anaesthetic is applied to the injection sites on each side of the upper lip and then small quantities of the Botulinum toxin serum are injected to relax the hyperactive muscle. This helps to reduce the high pulling effect and lets the lip better rest over the gum tissue.
This treatment should be avoided by anyone with muscle problems; nerve damage; or who is pregnant or breastfeeding.
When you smile do you feel that too much of your gum is showing? Many people who suffer from a ‘gummy’ smile can feel self-conscious and it can result in them smiling less freely, or less frequently. A gummy smile is caused by a hyperactive muscle; the good news is the condition can easily be treated by Botulinum toxin strategic injection along the lip area to relax the muscle. Downtime and discomfort is minimal, and the whole procedure takes just 15 minutes.
WHAT IS THE TREATMENT FOR A GUMMY SMILE?
Botulinum toxin is the non-surgical cosmetic answer to treating a gummy smile. Botulinum toxin is a protein produced in laboratories that has been used in cosmetic and aesthetic contexts since the 1990s.
IS THIS GUMMY SMILE TREATMENT SAFE?
Due to the low concentration of the Botulinum toxin used in this treatment, it is considered very safe.
HOW DO THE GUMMY SMILE INJECTIONS WORK?
As a gummy smile can be caused by a hyperactive lip muscle, the Botulinum toxin injection is used to block the nerve impulse to that muscle. The hyperactive muscle will be weakened, resulting in less lip elevation and less gum showing when you smile.
The effects of the treatment will last for about 3-4 months.
The side effects are minimal and temporary. The most common injection-related reactions are:
These generally resolve within 2-7 days. If you suffer from cold sores, this treatment may trigger an outbreak
To avoid swelling and bruising:
- Do not take aspirin, ibuprofen, or Advil for two days after treatment, OR for one week prior to treatment
- Ice the swollen area
- Do not rub or massage your face for four hours after treatment – this will spread the injected material to other muscles in your face
- Avoid exercise, apart from walking, for 24 hours after treatment.
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