Gummy Smile

Gummy Smile – Causes & Symptoms.

Gummy smile is when some people smile, their upper lip elevates too far above their upper teeth, exposing gums and producing an unattractive smile. This phenomenon can be due to several factors. One of the reasons is hyperactive muscle which elevates the upper lip. 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.

While for most people smiling is an expression of happiness, individuals whose gums stand out more than their smile does often feel self-conscious. Very often those with gummy smile try to control and minimise their smile avoiding showing their teeth and some feel so self-conscious that they prefer not to smile at all. This may have a detrimental effect on one’s professional, social, and personal relationships.

How to treat the gummy smile with Botox®?

Thankfully, gummy smile reduction is now possible, simple, and effective. Utilising a non-surgical approach by injecting small amounts of Botox®/Xeomin® into the hyperactive muscle of the upper lip, Stacey will give you a smile that is natural and carefree. With this procedure, you can smile without exposing teeth & upper gums too much.

This simple procedure will weaken the hyperactive muscles and reduce the elevation of your upper lip, thereby reducing your inhibiting gummy smile. If a thin upper lip is a contributing factor, Stacey may suggest upper lip augmentation with New Zealand and Australian approved fillers such as Teosyal RHA 2.

How long does the treatment take?

The gummy smile procedure takes about 10 minutes.

What does this procedure involve?

A small amount of Botox®/Xeomin® will be injected on each side of your lip to weaken the muscles’ ability to contract. Within the next 3-4 days elevation of the upper lip is progressively weakened and your smile is transformed, showing less gum and giving you the confidence to smile without inhibition.

How long do results with Botox treatment last?

Your new smile will last about four months.

This is an off-label usage for Botulinum toxin ref: Polo,M. Botulinum toxin type A in the treatment of excessive gingival display. Am.J. Orthod. Dentofacial Orthop. 127:214,2005

As noted in the Botulinum section of this site, the treatment begins to wear off very slowly from about two weeks after treatment. You need another treatment anywhere between three and half to six months later, depending on how long you have been having treatments.

Ensure that you take the time to read our Botulinum Toxin Type A page for side effects and contraindications before coming in for your free consultation. Botulinum Toxin is a medicine and may only be administered by a Registered Medical Professional.

If you are interested in learning more about Botox®/Xeomin® use for any of these treatments, please contact Clinic Eleven on to schedule a consultation with one of our Cosmetic Medicine Nurses.
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Please take the time to read our Botulinum Toxin Type A page as this informs you of the contraindications and side-effects of these treatments. Botulinum Toxin is a medicine and must be treated as such, only to be injected by a Registered Medical Professional.

All before and after photos on the Clinic Eleven website are genuine untouched photographs of our patients. Because results may vary from patient to patient the photos provide guidance only to the possible results. Your individual results may vary from those seen in the photographs for a variety of reasons. All before and after photographs are © Clinic Eleven.

BOTOX® is a prescription medicine containing 100 units of Clostridium Botulinum Type A toxin complex for injection. It is used for the treatment of severe frown lines and associated ‘crow’s feet’ around the eyes. It should be administered only by trained medical professionals. Talk to your specialists about the benefits/risks of this procedure in appearance medicine. Cautions: people with neuro-muscular transmission disorders, presence of infection at site of injection, pregnancy and lactation. Possible side effects include headaches, pain, burning sensation or redness at injection site, temporary local muscle weakness including eyelid droop, decreased sensation and nausea. If you have side effects or concerns, talk to your doctor. A charge applies. Allergan Pharmaceutical, Auckland.

Xeomin® is a Prescription Medicine containing 50, 100 LD50 Units of clostridium botulinum Type A toxin complex for injection. It is used for the treatment of frown lines on the forehead in adults. It should be administered only by trained medical professionals. Talk to your specialist about the benefits/risks of this procedure in appearance medicine. Xeomin treatment lasts about four months and further courses of treatment may be necessary. Cautions: Generalised disorders of muscle activity; Infection or inflammation at the proposed injection sites, pregnancy and lactation. Possible side effects: headache, pain, swelling or infection at injection site, local muscle weakness including drooping eye lids, lack of feeling & nausea. You will need to pay for this medicine. Discuss with your specialist if Xeomin is right for you. For more information or for a copy of CMI please contact the NZ distributor: NZMS Ltd: 2a Fisher Crescent, Mt Wellington, Auckland, Ph 09 259 4062.TAPS NA7621.

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