Wrinkle Reduction » Gummy Smiles
Smile confidently with Botulinum toxin gummy smile treatment at Smile Essential Dental Practice
Gummy smiles occur when some people smile and their upper lip raises too far up above their upper teeth, exposing their gums resulting in an unattractive smile. This can happen due to a number of causes. One of the causes is the muscle that controls the movement of your upper lip could be hyperactive, causing the upper lip to rise up higher than normal. When this happens, more of your gum tissue is exposed when you smile.
Occasionally, the gummy smile is also aggravated by a thin upper lip that further contributes to the problem by exposing the upper gum even more. Fortunately, gummy smiles can be simply and effectively correct by Botulinum toxin. The Botulinum toxin works by reducing the activity of the muscle that elevates the upper lip.
Summary Of Your Treatment
Botulinum toxin is a protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. It relaxes muscles by temporary blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles. This in turn reduces muscle activity that causes lines, wrinkles and movements. The cosmetic effect of Botulinum toxin was first documented as early as 1989 and was approved in 2002 by the FDA in. It is now regularly used by many, both female and male, as it is less artificial and less intrusive in appearance, than the traditional form of treatment such as plastic surgery.
Before treatment, Dr Lina Kotecha will establish whether the Botulinum toxin is suitable for you. She will then examine your ability to move certain muscles to determine use, location and size of the muscles that create your gummy smile. Subsequently, treatment goals will be discussed with you and a personalised treatment plan tailored to your needs will be given.
The treatment involves a few tiny injections of Botulinum toxin that will be administered directly into the muscles that causes the gummy smile. The entire treatment takes approximately 10 minutes. No anaesthesia is required for the treatment; however, Dr Lina Kotecha may choose to numb the area with an anaesthetic cream.
You may have redness and swelling for 1-2 hours after the treatment, however, you can carry on with your day as normal. Although, we do advise you to avoid strenuous activity for 24 hours. Full aftercare instructions will be discussed with you following the treatment.
It takes two weeks for the Botulinum toxin to be fully effective, but you will notice the first changes after four to five days. The effects last three to four months depending on your response, but repeat treatments may last for longer. It is not immediately reversible but always gradually wears off.
The treatment consists of a small number of tiny injections, given with a minimum of discomfort, which cause relaxation of the targeted muscles. There may be a small amount of swelling and redness afterwards but this generally settles very quickly.
You should not have this treatment if:
- The injection site is infected
- You are allergic to any of the ingredients
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding
- You have a neuromuscular disorder (e.g. myasthenia gravis).
Full list of side effects, cautions and contraindications will be discussed at face to face consultation.