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As a dental office, we’re inevitably smile obsessed. So when we read about this new ‘lip botox’ craze we had to say something. What is this madness all about?
Someone has decided that the secret to a ‘Hollywood smile’ is to have minimal gums showing. That is, if your smile is deemed ‘too gummy’ this actually warrants a medical procedure — Botox of the lips.
It seems that having a gummy smile is embarrassing — meaning smiles that expose large, visible gums. Some dentists in the New York area have become accustomed to injecting Botox into patients’ upper lip muscles. By plumping up the lips, as a result, the amount of gum shown decreases.
The Aesthetic Surgery Journal defines a ‘gummy smile’ as being two or more millimeters of ‘gingival exposure upon smiling.’ Dentists and cosmetic surgeons say the ‘ideal Hollywood smile’ is when “the upper lip drapes over the top of the teeth, with only two millimeters of gum showing” according to the Daily Mail.
In the past, some patients would opt for surgery to fix their gummy smiles. This procedure called the ‘gingivectomy’ costs upwards of $15,000 however, so too costly for the average person. The Botox option is much more affordable at a price-tag of $300 per session. The Botox procedure is also less invasive, taking just 10 minutes and lasting for about six months.
The treatment is designed not only for those with natural gummy smiles, but also for those who smile aggressively, which tends to expose more gums due to lips thinning out.
You might have thought that Botox has commonly injected in the forehead. The way it works on the upper lip is by “paralyzing the hyperactive muscles in the upper lip, reducing its elevation and ultimately reducing the inhibiting ‘gummy smile.’” [Daily Mail]
Apparently, the upper lip Botox injection has been working for some people. One patient, Stephanie McCarrell, told the New York Times she was bullied as a child for her gummy smile. She has lately received the Botox injection three times and she already feels less self-conscious about smiling. As a child, McCarrell admits to adopting a close-mouthed smile.
If you’re thinking about getting this Botox injection to fix your gummy smile, be warned that the “Botox works only if the problem is in the lips, not the bone” according to the New York Times. Also, if a dentist injects too much Botox, you could risk a resulting unnatural look.
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