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Tuesday, December 28. 2010

A “Gummy Smile” can be corrected with Botox or Dysport.

Gummy smile is an aesthetic disorder that can cause both men and women to be self conscious about their appearance and social interactions.

This condition is caused by the complex interaction between several facial muscles:

Levator Labii superioris alaeque nasi

Levator labii superioris

Zygomaticus minor


I perform facelifts and am quite familiar with the interactions and positioning of these delicate muscles. A few units of botox, placed judiciously in the right position, can lower the upper lip a few millimeters and correct a "Gummy Smile”.

Allow your teeth to shine without being self conscious about over-exposure from your gums.

The procedure takes about 15 minutes to perform. There is no downtime, results are evident within 3-5 days, and may last up to 6 months.

The cost varies depending on how much Botox or Dysport is injected (Range $250-$500).

A. David Rahimi, MD, FAAD,FAACS.


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