Have you ever felt embarrassed about smiling? Do you tend to cover up your mouth when you smile? If you answered yes, then you know you have gummy smile and you are very self conscious about it.
Surgical treatments are very expensive and usually involve taking time off from work, for up to 2 weeks, which is not something many people can afford.
There is a very safe, quick and effective temporary solution to this problem and the answer is botulinum toxin injections with either Botox® or Dysport®
Dr. Avaliani will conduct a detailed physical exam and medical history to determine if you are the right candidate.
If you are deemed a candidate the next step would be to take appropriate photographs before your treatment. Once that’s completed, you will receive 2 injections right under your nose area.
Dr. Avaliani will make 2 point injections that typically require 4-8 units of Botox or 10-20 units of Dysport to achieve the desired effect.
Because the dose injected is rather small to avoid side effect of speech problems, the effect is not as long lasting, lasting up to 4 weeks.
Since only 2 injections are needed for this treatment, there is virtually no side effect, maybe mild tenderness and redness at the sites, which will resolved in less than 30 min.
It is important to have an experienced physician who understand the anatomy of facial muscle and their functions. It is crucial not to inject too much product, as it will drop the upper lip too low and cause great discomfort to the patient by affecting their speech and eating functions (sipping from a cup or a straw).
Simply imagine not being able to move your top lip. Luckily, if this were to happen, the effect is very transient and your normal lip/mouth function will resume in about 1-2 weeks.