Gummy Smile

Gummy Smile

Smile with Confidence

One of the causes of a gummy smile is the muscle that controls the activity of your upper lip may be overactive, causing your upper lip to rise up higher than normal. When this occurs, more of your gum tissue is exposed when you smile. Did you know that 15% of us have a gummy smile
Many people with a gummy smile or excessive gingival display feel their smile to be unattractive, oftentimes feeling reluctant to smile at all. The ideal smile line should show the least amount of gum possible.


How does it work?

A small amount of Botulinum toxin will be injected at both sides of the junction of nostril and nose to mouth fold to weaken the muscles.

Botulinum toxin, often referred to as Botox®, is a naturally occurring protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. The toxin blocks the transition of chemical messages sent from the nerve to cause the muscle to contract. Without these messages, the muscle stays in a resting state until the ‘messengers’ recover.

When will I see results?

After treatment it is expected that you will start to see an improvement within 2 or 3 days when the elevation of the upper lip will gradually become less and less. The full result will be achieved 2 weeks after the treatment.

How long do the results last?

Results tend to last 3-4 months.

Is the treatment painful?

This anti-wrinkle treatment involves a small number of carefully-placed injections, using very fine needles, to accurately target specific muscles in the face. Most patients describe the sensation as a small scratch. No anaesthetic is required.

How long does the treatment take?

The Gummy Smile procedure is completed in 20 to 30 minutes.

Are there any side effects?

Some patients immediately after treatment may notice small bumps and redness (like mosquito bites) in the treated area. These disappear very quickly, usually by the time you leave the clinic.

Improve your Smile

Book a no obligations consultation with one of the team to learn how River Aesthetics use injections to help you attain the perfect smile.

Slide from left to right below to see a before and after.

Expert Comment

Dr Victoria Manning

Gummy Smile Treatment

“With a small injection of Botox we can lower your upper lip, so you reveal less of your gum when you smile. You will still have the same beautiful smile just with less gum showing, our patients love this and feel so much more confident having photos afterwards.”

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