Fashion Quarterly - - Beauty -

A big smile is a beau­ti­ful one when it’s mo­ti­vated by gen­uine emo­tion, but imag­ine feel­ing like you should smile a bit less. For those who are con­scious of dis­play­ing their gums when they grin and their up­per lip all but dis­ap­pear­ing, re­lief comes by way of in­ject­ing a small amount of Botox into the mus­cles that hold up the lips. This can sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce the amount of gum that's re­vealed, with­out chang­ing the char­ac­ter­is­tics of the smile.

“We see one to two peo­ple a day who in­clude re­duc­ing a gummy smile in their treat­ment plan,” says Dr Cather­ine Stone of ap­pear­ance medicine clinic The Face Place .“Some come specif­i­cally for it, while oth­ers have the area treated along with other fa­cial ar­eas to cre­ate fa­cial har­mony and bal­ance.”

Where once the only op­tion was in­va­sive surgery, this ap­proach re­quires just a cou­ple of tiny in­jec­tions. “Ex­pect to pay around $150, or as lit­tle as $40-$60 if you have it as part of a plan. The re­sults last two to three months, and often im­prove with re­peated treat­ments.”

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