How is gummy smile treated?
After a thorough personal history and examination, your cosmetic physician will numb and clean the treatment area. Targeted muscle relaxants are then delivered via ultrathin needle to the hyperactive lip elevator muscles. Ice is applied afterwards to decrease the risk of bruising.
Do gummy smile injections hurt?
No. There is minimal discomfort with this procedure. Ice packs are always used prior to our injections. If required, numbing cream and/or happy gas may be used.
Where are gummy smile injections placed?
Most gummy smile muscle relaxant injections are placed into the Levator Labii Superiorus Alaeque Nasalis (LLSAN muscle).
These paired muscles run down on each side of the nose over the inner cheek. Injections 0.5-1cm left and right of the nose (one injection per side).
Occasionally, gummy smiles are caused by pull of the Zygomaticus muscles. This is an advanced area to treat, and focuses on the areas just above the outer edges of the smile.