Show Off Your Smile
Treatment with injections into the muscles that control the upper lip can reduce the appearance of your gum tissue and give you that perfect smile.
A gummy smile is when the upper lip elevates too far above the upper teeth, exposing the gum tissue. This can have a negative effect on the aesthetics of your smile. One of the causes of this can be the hyperactivity of the muscle that raises your upper lip. By using Botox® to relax this muscle, a gummy smile can be restored to a more natural and aesthetically pleasing smile.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Botox®?
Botox® is the brand name of a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. In small, diluted amounts it can be injected into the muscles just above your upper lip, causing them to weaken. This makes the upper lip less elevated and thus conceals the upper gum tissue.
How does Botox® work?
Botox® works by temporarily relaxing facial muscles. It does this by blocking the signal from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscles can no longer contract as forcefully, which reduces the elevation of the upper lip when smiling. Therefore, less gum tissue is exposed and the smile is more aesthetically pleasing.
How is the Botox® injection performed?
Botox® is injected with a fine needle into specific muscles around the upper lip. The procedure takes a few minutes and causes only minor discomfort. No anaesthesia is required.
How long does Botox® last?
Gradually, 3-4 days after having the Botox® injections, the elevation of the upper lip will become less. The full result will occur around 2 weeks after treatment and can last for 4-6 months. At this point, the treatment can be repeated to maintain its effects.
What are the side effects of Botox®?
Redness and swelling are expected. Bruising may also occur and should fade within 5-14 days. Applying an ice pack or cold gel pack to the treated areas helps reduce redness, swelling and bruising. There may be tenderness at the sites of treatment which may last for up to a few days. Paracetamol can be used to help relieve any pain or discomfort post-treatment. All the side effects and potential complications will be discussed during your consultation, prior to any treatment. You will also receive an aftercare leaflet.
Who should NOT receive Botox®?
Patients should not use Botox® if they are pregnant, breastfeeding, suffer from a neurological disorder or are allergic to any of its components. You should avoid Botox® if you have an infection at the planned site of the injection. You will receive a detailed medical consultation with one of our highly qualified doctors to ensure that there are no contraindications to Botox®.