Injectable Treatments for a Gummy Smile

Smile confidently with injectable gummy smile treatment at Skin Renewal aesthetic clinics. Gummy Smile is a phenomenon that when some people smile, their upper lip elevates too far above their upper teeth, exposing gums and producing an unattractive smile. This happen due to several causes, one of which is a hyperactive muscle which elevates the upper lip. Occasionally, the gummy smile is also aggravated by a thin upper lip that further contributes to the problem by exposing the upper gum even more. Fortunately, gummy smile can be simply and effectively corrected by injectable treatment to reduce the activity of the muscle that elevates the upper lip.

Injectable Treatments for a Gummy Smile at a Glance

Best Results 1-2
Duration of Results 3 - 4 months
Treatment Recovery 1 -2 days
Risks & Complications Low
Anaesthetic Ice/None
Procedure Time 20 - 30 mins
Skin Specialist Doctor
Back To Work Same day

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1

    What is an Injectable Treatment?

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    Injectable treatments contain a protein produced by the the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It relaxes muscle by temporary blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles. This reduces muscle activity that causes lines and wrinkles.

    The cosmetic effect of this treatment was first documented as early as 1989 and was approved by the FDA in 2002. It is now regularly used by many individuals, both male and female, as it is less intrusive and less artificial in appearance than traditional forms of treatment such as plastic surgery.

  • 2

    What does the treatment for Gummy Smile cost?

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    4 units of botulinum toxin are needed at a total cost of R300.

  • 3

    How does one get started?

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    Prior to treatment your attending Doctor will examine and make sure you are suitable for the procedure. The Doctor may examine your ability to move certain muscles to determine location, size and use of the muscles that create your wrinkles. Then, the treatment goal will be discussed and a final customised treatment plan will be tailored to your needs. A topical anesthetic, or plain ice will be applied to numb the area prior to injection.

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    What does the treatment involve?

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    No anesthesia is required. However, the doctor may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream. Discomfort is usually minimal and brief.

    A few tiny injections will be administered directly into the muscles that cause the lines of concern and it takes approximately five minutes for the entire treatment. A small amount will be injected at both sides of the nose to relax the muscles. Within the next 3-4 days elevation of the upper lip will gradually less and your smile is transformed, showing less gum and giving you the confidence to smile without inhibition. The full result will be achieved two weeks after the treatment.

  • 5

    What post treatment instructions are there?

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    The procedure only takes only 5-10 minutes. After which you are advised to avoid touching, rubbing or massaging the treated area for the week. Specific after care instruction will be provided by you attending Doctor.

    No downtime is needed – you are ready to get on with your day!

  • 6

    Are there any side effects?

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    Injection related side effects are minimal and temporary such as redness, swelling and potential bruising. Spreading of the treatment to the muscle nearby can easily be prevented by avoiding rubbing or massaging the treated areas for approximately 4 hours post treatment.

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    How long will the result of an Injectable Gummy Smile treatment last?

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    On average the treatment results last 4-6 months. In order to achieve the best prevention of aging lines, it is recommended to have the treatment regularly every 4 months.

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    What will happen if I stop having Treatments®?

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    Your smile will go back to where it was.

    You can stop and start having treatment again when ever you prefer providing that you are a suitable candidate for the treatment.

Injectable treatments contain a protein produced by the the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It relaxes muscle by temporary blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles. This reduces muscle activity that causes lines and wrinkles.

The cosmetic effect of this treatment was first documented as early as 1989 and was approved by the FDA in 2002. It is now regularly used by many individuals, both male and female, as it is less intrusive and less artificial in appearance than traditional forms of treatment such as plastic surgery.

4 units of botulinum toxin are needed at a total cost of R300.

Prior to treatment your attending Doctor will examine and make sure you are suitable for the procedure. The Doctor may examine your ability to move certain muscles to determine location, size and use of the muscles that create your wrinkles. Then, the treatment goal will be discussed and a final customised treatment plan will be tailored to your needs. A topical anesthetic, or plain ice will be applied to numb the area prior to injection.

No anesthesia is required. However, the doctor may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream. Discomfort is usually minimal and brief.

A few tiny injections will be administered directly into the muscles that cause the lines of concern and it takes approximately five minutes for the entire treatment. A small amount will be injected at both sides of the nose to relax the muscles. Within the next 3-4 days elevation of the upper lip will gradually less and your smile is transformed, showing less gum and giving you the confidence to smile without inhibition. The full result will be achieved two weeks after the treatment.

The procedure only takes only 5-10 minutes. After which you are advised to avoid touching, rubbing or massaging the treated area for the week. Specific after care instruction will be provided by you attending Doctor.

No downtime is needed – you are ready to get on with your day!

Injection related side effects are minimal and temporary such as redness, swelling and potential bruising. Spreading of the treatment to the muscle nearby can easily be prevented by avoiding rubbing or massaging the treated areas for approximately 4 hours post treatment.

On average the treatment results last 4-6 months. In order to achieve the best prevention of aging lines, it is recommended to have the treatment regularly every 4 months.

Your smile will go back to where it was.

You can stop and start having treatment again when ever you prefer providing that you are a suitable candidate for the treatment.

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