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Injectable wrinkle relaxers are well known for their ability to smooth away lines and wrinkles, but they can also improve a variety of other aesthetic concerns, including a gummy smile.

A gummy smile, which can occur naturally or as a result of ageing, shows more of your gums than teeth. An overly pronounced gum line can make your teeth appear shorter and diminish the beauty of your smile. It can also affect the proportions of your lips, making them look thinner or disappear when you smile.

If prominent gums when you smile are concerning you, muscle relaxing injections – well known for treating crow’s feet, frown lines and forehead wrinkles – can offer a simple and effective non-surgical alternative to a surgical gum lift. When injected into the upper lip, muscle movement is weakened and prevents your lip from rising as high as it normally does,  minimising the look of a gummy smile.

A gum lift using muscle relaxers will not affect the muscles used to smile. You will still be able to smile as normal, but when you do the weakened muscles will prevent your upper lip from elevating as much.

We also offer the non-surgical lip lift at Pavilion Cosmetic Medicine for those patient who not only want to improve a gummy smile but also achieve the look of bigger, fuller, more pouty lips.

Key benefits

  • Reduces the amount of gums on display when you smile
  • Non-surgical alternative to a gum lift
  • Improves the look of short teeth
  • Can correct an asymmetrical smile
  • Quick, convenient injectable treatment
  • No downtime


Results from a non-surgical gum lift will take around 3-7 days to appear, as the target muscles slowly become weakened. 

As your results gradually peak at around 2 weeks post treatment, you’ll notice less prominence of your gums when you smile.

Typical results last between three to four months, but this can vary between patients depending on your individual response to treatment.

Treatment Details

What to expect

Your Treatment Experience

Our cosmetic practitioners trained in advanced cosmetic injectables techniques, will offer you tailored results and a world-class experience.

Firstly, You will have a consultation with one of our certified doctors who will assess whether you are a good candidate for the non-surgical gum lift, explain the procedure and what realistic outcomes can be achieved.

The procedure itself involves a series of tiny injections into the muscles just under the nose (levator labii superioris). By weakening the muscle group that elevates the lip, it prevents excessive display of the gums when you smile.

The procedure takes around 10 minutes with no downtime – you can return to work straight away.

Complications are rare, with most side effects being limited to some temporary redness and occasional bruising at the site of injection.

For more information on how wrinkle relaxers work, pricing, plus a list of FAQs, see our Wrinkle Relaxers page.


Interested in treatment to soften a Gummy Smile?

We welcome you to Pavilion Cosmetic Medicine Sydney for a consultation with our cosmetic practitioners, who'll tailor a treatment plan specific to your concerns and desires.

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