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Gummy smile Botox – how long does it last and what are the benefits?

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If you’re not happy with how much gum you expose when you smile, gummy smile botox may be for you. There is nothing wrong with having a ‘gummy smile’, but options are available if you do want to change the way that it looks. Read on to find out more about gummy smile botox and whether it’s likely to benefit you.

What is a gummy smile?

If your upper lip moves too far above your teeth when you smile, you may have what some people call a gummy smile. This can be caused by hyperactive muscles which elevate upper lips. Gummy smiles can be caused by long, enlarged gum tissue, excessive upper jaw growth and the size and shape of your teeth. If you appear to have small teeth, you may show more gum tissue. If you have a thin upper lip, you may also be seeking out treatment for a gummy smile. Over recent years, more and more people have been using botox to treat gummy smiles.

How does gummy smile botox work?

Botox can treat your gummy smile by reducing the activity of the muscle elevating the upper lip. As part of the treatment, small amounts of botox are injected where the nostril and nose to mouth fold meets. This causes the muscles to be weakened. Botox is short for botulinum toxin. This toxin blocks chemical messages that are sent to nerves to make muscles contract. Once these messages have been blocked, muscles remain in a resting state until unblocking occurs.

botox treatment for gummy smileWhat to avoid after gummy smile botox

After you have received gummy smile botox, you’ll need to avoid extremely hot or cold temperatures as well as intense exercise. You’re also advised to avoid leaning over and lying down for up to six hours. You can normally expect to see an improvement after around three days. After this point, your upper lip won’t be as elevated. The best results are seen after two weeks have elapsed.

Will I be accepted for gummy smile botox?

Before you receive the treatment, your practitioner will carry out a consultation. During this assessment, they will talk to you about your needs and your medical history. This is to make sure the treatment is right and safe for you. You’ll normally need to be aged between 25 and 65 to receive this treatment. You are more likely to be accepted if your skin is in good condition. It’s also important that the target lines aren’t overly furrowed.

Who can’t get the treatment?

You won’t be able to get the treatment if you’re currently breastfeeding or pregnant. You may also be unsuitable if you’ve previously had a bad reaction to botox or if you’re on certain medication. Some patients with specific neurological disorders can’t normally get the treatment. You’ll be asked not to take blood-thinning medicines like aspirin before your treatment, and you’ll need to avoid sunbeds, sunbathing and rigorous exercise in the 48 hours leading up to it.

Side effects of botox for gummy smiles

Botox only has minor side effects most of the time. Though not everyone experiences side effects, you may have problems with bruising, redness, headaches, swelling and a “lopsided” expression shortly after the treatment. In most cases, this doesn’t last for very long. As an extremely fine needle is used, you shouldn’t experience pain when the treatment is administered.

If you are seeking to change the appearance of a gummy smile, botox may be for you. You’ll be able to go about your day shortly after receiving the treatment. It’s unlikely that you’ll experience more than minimal discomfort. This treatment is also highly affordable compared to many others.

Find out more about gummy smile botox by contacting us today.

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