You Should Know About Botox Gummy Smile Before and After

A gummy smile occurs when a significant amount of gums show when you smile and the gum tissues seem to overwhelm the size of your upper teeth.

But what causes gummy smiles?

A gummy smile can be caused by any of the following:

  • When the height of your teeth are comparably short making your gum area look large;
  • Your upper jaw is seemingly long that your upper lip tends to inadequately cover the gums whenever you smile;
  • Your upper lip is short to sufficiently cover your gums;
  • If you have small teeth;
  • When you have a hyperactive upper lip; and
  • Some patients have thin lips.

For patients with hyperactive upper lip, the best treatment option is Botox. This saves you the trouble of treating your gummy smile with a surgical procedure.

Botox for Gummy Smile Treatment

Botox is a neurotoxin substance that reduces the contraction of your muscles. Thus, when used as a treatment for hyperactive lips, Botox can help reduce the elevation of your upper lip whenever you smile.

Botox provides a good balance to your smile and perfect harmony to your facial structures. You will notice a vast difference in your smile before and after a Botox Melbourne gummy smile treatment in Melbourne.

What should you expect from a Botox treatment?

Botox is mainly injected into your levator anguli oris or caninus muscle. The aim is to lessen its pull on the top lip, hence, your gums will be less visible when you smile.

When Botox is administered the treated area will temporarily numb and relax, hindering the muscle to move or contract rigorously. Thus, when Botox is injected into your upper lip muscle, it will be hampered from excessively moving upwards.

This treatment will then tend to cover the gum part exposing mostly your teeth while imploring a good smile line. However, if your gummy smile is the result of thin lips, another cosmetic treatment may be recommended for you.

Botox is ideal for patients with hyperactive lips. To know if Botox is the best treatment for your gummy smile, it is best to schedule a consultation with your trusted cosmetic doctors in Melbourne.

Before a Botox Treatment

During the consultation phase of your treatment, your cosmetic doctor will take photos of your gummy smile to evaluate its condition and severity. The photos can also be helpful to compare the results after the procedure to see the improvements that the treatment has achieved.

Before the Botox gummy smile treatment in Melbourne, your smile may manifest any or all of the following:

  • The proportion of the shape and height of your teeth is smaller than that of your gums;
  • When the exposed height of your gums as you smile is more than 2 millimetres;
  • The amount of gum covering your teeth is overwhelming that it seemed large; and
  • Your upper lip moves rigorously when you smile exposing too much gum area.

How do you know if Botox is the right treatment for your gummy smile?

Before getting Botox to treat your gummy smile, it is best to know if you are a good candidate for the treatment.

Here are some pointers to know if you are eligible:

  • Generally, Botox cannot be administered to patients under 25 or over 65 years of age;
  • Patients who opt for Botox to treat their gummy smile should expose more than 2 millimetres of upper gum tissues when they smile;
  • The muscle between the tip of your nose and your lips should have fair laxity to receive the neurotoxin;
  • Botox is not advisable for pregnant and lactating moms;
  • If you are currently taking medications that may adversely affect Botox, it is best not to get this treatment;
  • This treatment is also not recommended for patients with certain neurological disorders like epilepsy;
  • If taking a prior Botox treatment has already caused complications;
  • Botox is also not recommended for patients who are suffering from any skin infection near the treatment area;
  • Patients who are taking blood-thinning medications are not allowed;
  • If you are currently or have recently completed an acne treatment plan such as Roaccutane; and
  • For patients with periodontal disease or other gum infections, it may be best to visit your dentist first to treat the infection before getting Botox.

What should you know before getting treatment?

Botox is not an over-the-counter type of medication, thus, it can only be prescribed and administered by licensed and board-certified doctors. The doctor who will conduct your consultation should also be the one to administer the Botox injections. This is to ensure the accuracy of Botox injection dosage based on the evaluation and diagnosis made during the consultation.

Botox is not the answer for all gummy smile conditions. This treatment is ideal for patients with hyperactive upper lips. That is, the levator anguli oris is excessively contracting, hence, exposing more gum area when you smile or laugh.

Botox offers a temporary treatment that may last between three months to two years. Thus, it may require you to return for a subsequent procedure after every three to six months for an accumulated effect. This can help maintain the results to ensure long-lasting and reliable effects.

After a Botox Treatment

The Botox treatment is a fast, simple and safe procedure that can be completed within twenty to forty-five minutes. It also offers little to no downtime, hence, you can return to work after immediately after the treatment or drive home unaccompanied.

After the Botox treatment, you will immediately notice visible results. Most patients attest to have improved smile aesthetics right after the treatment. However, full effects will gradually show after two to three days. You will experience a lesser elevation of the upper lip when you smile or laugh. And your expected smile line will be fully achieved after two to three weeks.

How is the recovery period for Botox treatment?

After the treatment, your doctor will provide a patient-specific aftercare guideline to help you recover faster while eliminating the risks of complications. You will be advised to keep the treated muscle away from extreme heat or cold.

On average, the recovery phase takes approximately three weeks. During this time you are prevented from engaging in vigorous physical activities and exercises. You should also avoid smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages and taking blood-thinning medications.

Your New Smile After the Treatment

Comparatively, you will notice a vast improvement in your smile before and after the  treatment. You can ask your doctor to show you the “before” photos of your gummy smile and you will see amazing changes in your smile line.

Here are some changes that may be visible after the treatment:

  • The size of your gums are seemingly reduced because the upper lip covers them;
  • Your smile flashes more teeth than gums;
  • The balance and harmony among your facial features are enhanced; and
  • The visible gum tissue tends to complement the contours of your lips when you smile.

Choosing the Best Treatment Provider

While Botox can be administered in minutes, it must be done only by licensed, professional, and highly skilled cosmetic doctors or surgeons. The use of Botox requires accuracy in administering the dosage to ensure that patients achieve the smile line that they desire.

When choosing a provider for treatment in Melbourne, find a skin clinic that uses the highest quality of Botox coupled with the most innovative cosmetic technology. It is best to research about your Melbourne skin clinic and read client reviews. This can give you a good outlook on what to expect before and after the procedure.

SKIN CLUB Cosmetic Doctors in Melbourne offers the best Botox treatment for gummy smiles. Our cosmetic doctors and surgeons underwent extensive training and have amassed years of experience in administering Botox. Thus, with our skin clinic in Melbourne, you are in good hands.