gummy smile

Most people have a small area of exposed gum above their teeth when they smile. For some, though, this area of exposed gum is larger than normal, creating what is known as a “gummy smile.” This condition has traditionally been treated with surgical procedures, leaving many people hesitant to even seek treatment. Now, however, there is a nonsurgical, noninvasive way to treat a grin with too much gum exposure—with Botox! The board-certified dermatologists at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology can use precisely placed neuromodulator injections to prevent overexposure of the gums when smiling.

Botox Treatment for Gummy Smile

An overly gummy smile can greatly affect a person’s self-esteem and often cause a person to hide their smile. There are a few reasons why a person may have a gummier grin than another, with the most common reasons being a thin upper lip and/or an upper lip muscle that is hyperactive and pulls up the top lip higher than normal. No matter the reason, the expert injectors at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology can minimize the appearance of the gums with Botox injections.

Gummy smile reduction is a simple and quick procedure performed in our San Diego dermatology office by Botox specialists. When the condition is caused by a hyperactive upper lip muscle, the doctor will inject onabotulinum toxin A into the upper lip, causing the muscle to relax and limiting how high the lip goes when the patient smiles. This procedure generally takes no longer than twenty minutes and the results should last 4-6 months.

If it is caused by a thin upper lip, the dermatologist will likely want to use a combination of neuromodulators and facial fillers to correct the problem. The Botox will be injected into the upper lip muscle and a dermal filler will be injected into the lip itself to add a bit of volume. This will result in a natural-looking plumper lip and less visible gums.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Our board-certified dermatologists and expert injectors have answered some common questions about gummy smile reduction with Botox for you here to help you decide if it is the best treatment option for you. Contact us today if you have any further questions or would like to schedule your consultation.

Q: How long do Botox results last?

A: It is common for the results of any Botox treatment to last between four and six months. While it is a temporary solution, a neuromodulator can be injected again once results fade away.

Q: Am I a candidate?

A: If you are unhappy with your gums when you smile, laugh, and talk, you just may be an excellent candidate for a gummy smile reduction with Botox injections. Most patients interested are good candidates. Schedule a consultation today to see if this procedure is right for you.

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Q: Who should perform Botox injections?

A: You should only seek any kind of injection from a board-certified doctor with special training in injectable procedures. The board-certified dermatologists at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology are experts in the latest injectable procedures and techniques and have a very high level of patient satisfaction. Please contact us today to schedule your consultation.

Q: Are results visible immediately?

A: When getting Botox injections for gummy smile reduction, it is likely that you will see a subtle improvement immediately following the procedure. As with any neuromodulator treatment, however, full results will be evident within one week.

Q: How much does this procedure cost?

A: The cost of any injectable treatment depends on the specific amount of units needed for the treatment, which is unique to each individual. Discuss your problem area and desired outcome with the doctor during your consultation so that they can devise a treatment plan just for you and the cost can then be determined.

Call the San Diego Gummy Smile Reduction Experts

botox for gummy smileIf you are ready to show off your teeth instead of hiding them, call the experts at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology to discuss gummy smile reduction. It is an easy, nonsurgical way to minimize gum overexposure and our San Diego dermatologists want to help you today. Call (858) 365-3620 to schedule your consultation and start smiling again!

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