Gummy Smiles

A smile says a thousand words.

Although, do you feel like your smile is too “gummy?” Do you hold your hand in front of your mouth while you laugh? Stop, hiding the one natural beauty that trumps all makeup and suits any age, your lovely smile!

A smile is considered a “gummy smile” if a significant amount of gingival tissue (gums) can be seen as a person grins from ear to ear. Although, this lip elevation is considered a normal distinction of human anatomy, but many people with gummy smiles are very self-conscious when smiling.  One of the reasons the upper lip exposes a considerable amount of gum tissue is due to a hyperactive muscle which raises the upper lip.  If you’re Lucille Ball, having this hyperactivity can make you millions! Unfortunately, for most of us,  comedic  facial expressions are not how we bring home the bacon. Occasionally, genetics can play a factor as well, such as inheriting your great grandmother’s thin upper lip. Thanks granny.

Fortunately, whatever the case may be, these smiles can be corrected with a non-surgical approach—injecting small amounts of Botox into the hyperactive muscle.

Or, if a thin upper lip is the contributor, a filler injection, such as Juvederm, can augment the upper lip creating an effortless and minimal gum-filled smile. These little changes will provide you with the confidence to smile without hesitation. In no time your doctor will have you lighting up the room!

Because, let be honest, “you’re never truly dressed without a smile!”

Men, Welcome to My World – The World of Spa Medicine

Botox anyone?  Ever wonder why the men in the Sandhills just keep looking better and better?  Thought it was all the great golf?  Well that may be; however, Botox along with additional MedSpa services and products may just be the answer to the question.   In a little over 10 years, the men’s Botox market has increased by 258 percent.  On average, the male MedSpa client desires a subtle change to improve their appearance; or to rid them of that unapproachable look.   Filler is another option to add volume and reduce wrinkles while having natural looking results.

Men, have you noticed nose and ear hairs on you that absolutely swear must be the result of some prankster adding Miracle-Gro to your vitamins?   If you don’t see it, take a closer look; or ask a loved one.  Better yet, you can always count on your MedSpa professional to tell you the truth.  For those of you that already know Robin Hood and his Merry Men would happily inhabit your ears and nose hairs (as it’s a reminder of their very own Sherwood Forest); just go ahead and get the help you deserve.  Nose hair and ear waxing are simple and quick treatments; really.  Laser hair removal can be an option as well and it’s FDA approved for permanent hair reduction.

And let’s get started talking about the benefits of other treatments.  Facials offer relaxation and pampering, along with a deep cleanse to not only improve the appearance of your skin but work towards anti-aging.   Massages may be the answer to relieving stress, headaches and sports injuries.

Remember your skin needs maintenance, just like your golf game.  Skin care products are necessary to fight free radicals with anti-oxidants, moisturize and provide protection from the sun.  Products can be applied using a sonic charged skincare system that cleanses pores for better absorption and results.

Just a few simple treatments can help many men feel more confident, youthful and put a little pep in your step.

Men, welcome to my world, I’m glad you’re here.

By Victoria Conner
Victoria is part of the team at The Laser Institute of Pinehurst.  She is grateful to have a husband whose nose and ears are so soft and hair free; that on occasion, school girl giggles come forth from the author with just a simple nuzzle.

Reprinted from the July/August 2013 issue of Pinehurst Magazine