Use of Botox for Gummy Smiles

Gummy smiles affect 7 percent of men and 14 percent of women. The difference in a gummy smile and an average one is measured in millimeters. But some people are genetically predisposed to show more gum and feel their smile lacks something because of it.

Surgery for gummy smiles is meant to bring the gingival display back to the right ratio—3 to 4 millimeters of visible gum. There are thousands of these procedures, called gingivectomies, performed each year.

However, more patients are realizing the benefits of Botox, which can fix a gummy smile at a fraction of the cost and with none of the invasion. Botox is typically associated with skin treatments and headaches, but its use as a neutralizing agent pays big dividends in the upper lip, where muscles called lip elevators are located. Once these muscles are paralyzed, the upper lip is held in check and excessive gum cannot be exposed.

Our skin doctor in Tarzana is happy to offer Botox services for gummy smiles. Botox only works if the problem relates to the lips and not to any surrounding bone. Also, overinjection can cause the smile to look unnatural or even frightening, so adjust your expectations accordingly.

Contact our office for more about Botox for gummy smiles.


How Successful are Nose Jobs?

To determine if a cosmetic surgery procedure is a success or not really depends on what you are trying to measure. The surgeon may feel that a surgery has been successful, yet the client may be unhappy with the results. This could be from unrealistic expectations, unclear communication, or for many other reasons.

One way to look at the success rate of nose jobs is to determine the rhinoplasties that clients wish to have redone. Statistics show that the revision rate for nose jobs can range anywhere from 5% to 15%. This would mean that anywhere from 85% to 95% of clients are satisfied with rhinoplasty surgery.

You can increase your chances of a successful outcome from your nose job by being open with your surgeon. An expert in rhinoplasty in Beverly Hills should be able to discuss your options and help you to understand what results you may expect to achieve from surgery. Be sure to look at nose job before and after pictures from your surgeon to see what kind of results your surgeon has already accomplished. Be sure to ask questions ahead of time so that you know what to expect beforehand.