Botox gummy smile reduction is a non-surgical, “no downtime” treatment to reduce the gum exposure due to strong lip elevators. A small amount of Botox is injected into the Elevator Labii Superioris Muscle, the muscle responsible for excessive upper lip-rise during your smile, exposing excessive gumline. The relaxation of the upper lip elevator muscle softens the upper lip-rise which reduces your gumline exposure while you smile, improving your smile with a minimally invasive treatment in our Dallas and Southlake cosmetic skin clinics.
What is Gummy Smile?
Excessive exposure of gums with a smile is commonly referred to as “gummy” smile. Studies indicate that people, including dentists, plastic surgeons, dermatologists, agree that smiles look normal when up to two mm or less gum tissue shows. More than four mm of gum tissue showing was considered “too much” or “gummy” smile by participants in the studies. According to one estimate, about 14 percent of women and 7 percent of men have excessive gingival exposure when smiling.
Until now, dental and gum surgery was the only treatment option for a gummy smile, but this type of surgery is often costly and painful. There are two types of surgical procedures to reduce gum exposure for a gummy smile. One way is to sever the muscles that elevate the upper lip so it can no the upper lip does not rise as high; another way is to do a “teeth lengthening surgery” that actually cuts away gum tissue so the crown appears longer. Both procedures are invasive, costly and require downtime.
Botox Gummy Smile Reduction
For the last few years, neuromodulators such as Botox, Dysport and Xeomin have been used by experienced physicians for off-label uses such as this particular case.
Neuromodulators, (Botox, Xeomin or Dysport) are cautiously injected into the lip elevator muscles which weakens the lip raise and reduces the exposure of gums while smiling.
A study in Aesthetic Surgery Journal published in March 2014 found that off-label use of neuromodulators (Botox, Xeomin, Dysport) was a safe and effective alternative treatment for the gummy smile in the right hands. The downside of Botox, Xeomin for the gummy smile is that the effect of these medications lasts about 3-4 months and the treatment has to be repeated to maintain the results. The cost of Botox for the gummy smile is also more appealing than surgery: Xeomin and Botox for gummy smile reduction costs average $350 around the country and is charged as a professional fee for the treatment instead of per unit due to the expertise required for this type of treatment.
Dermal Fillers For Gummy Smile Reduction:
Sometimes Botox for gummy smile correction is combined with a dermal filler for the addition of a little volume when an individual has exposure of too much gum tissue due to a combination of strong upper lip elevator muscle and a thin upper lip. This combination approach works very well to attain a beautiful, natural looking reduction of gummy smile due to strong upper elevation and a thinner upper lip.
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