Other Facial Areas
A gummy smile is exactly that – a smile that shows excessive gum tissue above your teeth. Sometimes teeth that are covered by excessive gum tissue can appear shorter even though they are the usual size.
In some cases the muscles that control the movement of your upper lip could be hyperactive, causing your upper lip to rise up higher than normal. When this occurs, more of your gum tissue is exposed when you smile.
We can reduce the movement of the upper lip using injections of Botox. A small amount of Botox is injected on both sides at the junction of the nostril with the nose-to-mouth fold (levator labii muscle).
This is a very safe, virtually painless procedure that can be undertaken in approximately 10 minutes and patients can return immediately to their normal activity. Within the next 2 weeks the treatment will gradually take effect reducing the elevation of the upper lip thus creating a more balanced smile.
Bunny lines are creases in the skin that can be seen high up on the nose, usually when smiling deeply or laughing. Bunny lines can affect people of all ages and may not be caused by repeated muscle flexion. Some clients quite like their bunny lines and they can be seen as an attractive quality, therefore they do not always require treatment. If your bunny lines simply annoy you it is a simple matter of an injection either side of the nose, which can be topped up when required.
Another name for mouth to chin lines are Marionette lines. Marionette lines are the lines that run from the corners of the mouth vertically downwards towards the chin. These lines commonly appear as people age and are caused by repetitive movement of the mouth coupled by the loss of fat and skin elasticity that occur naturally as part of the ageing process. This tends to give the mouth a downturned look, and make people look sad, tired or older than they are.
These lines can also appear due to particularly strong Depressor anguli oris (DAO) muscles.
There are two ways to treat this area:
- Using dermal fillers to smoothen the lines and add support
- Using Botox to relax the DAO muscle and smooth the lines
You may want to use both Botox and fillers to correct this area if the lines are very deep.
Treating this area is a quick and easy procedure with no downtime involved.