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People who are embarrassed by their large, visible gums are now turning to Botox for the ‘ideal’ Hollywood smile.
An increasing number of specialists are injecting Botox into patients’ upper lip muscles, to decrease the amount of gum shown and prevent the so-called ‘gummy smile’.
In the past, surgery was the main treatment option, but at $15,000, it is often too costly and painful. Botox on the other hand, costs roughly $300, takes ten minutes to administer and last for up six months.
Luckily, nowadays, it’s easier to get that stiff upper lip. No need to smile in a certain way or stifle your laughter! You can just get that upper lip botoxed! Only thing is, botox wears out after a few months and you will need to get another botox injection to keep that lip in its place.
Previously, a gingivectomy, an operation to remove some of the extra gum tissue, saw doctors sever the muscles that elevate the upper lip so it can no longer rise as high.
In extreme cases, patients would undergo orthognathic surgery, which can take up to two years to complete and repositions the upper jaw if it sticks out too much.
But Botox works by paralyzing the hyperactive muscles in the upper lip, reducing its elevation and ultimately reducing the inhibiting ‘gummy smile’.
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