Laura – Gummy Smile

I’m a big believer in doing what makes you happy and this year one of my resolutions was to do just that; stop letting fear and worry take over and to look after myself inside and out.

I joined the gym and attempted to tackle my inner issues head on. I’ve made time to reflect on how I’m feeling and what I actually want and a major part of me being happy is to be happy in my own skin and wanting to really smile!

But the one thing that’s always bothered me is my smile. I have what’s called a hypermobile lip which means my lip rises much higher than normal when I smile revealing more of the gum, which really isn’t helped by my thin top lip.  For years I’ve spoken about doing something about it, only to be met with disapproving looks and comments along the lines of ‘what a waste of money, you look fine’. It made me feel vain and silly for letting it get to me.

But the truth is it really bothered me.  Unless you met me face to face, chances are you wouldn’t have known about it. It bothered me so much, I found myself covering my mouth, controlling my smile and not really smiling in any pictures. If someone caught me unaware and took a snap, I was guaranteed to hate it. I was always conscious of people looking at my mouth.

Over the years, my gummy smile didn’t stop me getting boyfriends or people saying I was pretty. I’m engaged to the gorgeous Dave, who is always telling me how beautiful he thinks I am. I wasn’t looking to get it fixed to be more attractive to other people I just wanted to finally feel good about something that constantly played on my mind.

So, after years of thinking about it, I thought enough is enough. After some online searching I read about the use of Botox to help reduce the look of a gummy smile. If something as simple as a few injections can make me more confident, I thought, it’s worth doing!

I wanted any treatment to be carried out by a healthcare professional. Your face is something you can’t hide and after reading how injecting in slightly the wrong place can cause unwanted and sometimes deforming results, I wanted to reduce any risk by getting the experience and knowledge of a reputable cosmetic practitioner.

I spent weeks searching through all the different clinics, scrolling through pages of reviews and recommendations. Then I came across Illuminate Skin Clinics. Although further away than many of the alternatives, procedures are carried out by Dr Sophie, who has won many awards, has amazing reviews and is well known in the industry. She has even created her own formulation of Botox. I got in touch straight away.

After talking to the Clinic Coordinator, I was booked in for a free consultation. I was very nervous but Dr Sophie made me feel really comfortable. After a long discussion, she agreed I’d be the perfect candidate for Botox to reduce the rise of my upper lip and possibly lip filler to help fill out my lips.

Although slightly scared, I had total faith in Dr Sophie and knew she had understood what my fears were. I wanted to still look natural and have my own smile, just improved. After a couple of visits and a few injections later, I was well on my way to finally feeling comfortable with my grin.

Although my smile isn’t totally gum free, I have become so much more confident in myself. It looks natural and so much better than I could have imagined. If you are looking to get a non- surgical confidence boost I can’t recommend Illuminate Skin Clinics enough.

Injectables are available at Illuminate Skin Clinics, along with other treatments including Coolsculpting, vein treatments, skin rejuvenation, non-surgical facelifts, chemical peels, threadlifting, microdermabrasion, clinical facials and treatments for men.

To book your appointment call: 01732 647007

Illuminate Skin Clinics, Suite 30, 60 Churchill Square, Kings Hill ME19 4YU illuminateskinclinic.co.uk

Disclaimer: Please be aware that results and benefits may vary from patient to patient taking into consideration factors such as age, lifestyle and medical history.

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Laura – Gummy Smile

Awards

Runner-Up, Customer Service

Runner-Up, Customer Service

Kent Women in Business 2017

Businesswoman of the Year

Businesswoman of the Year

Kent Women in Business 2017

Runner-Up, Customer Service

Runner-Up, Customer Service

Kent Women in Business 2016

Finalist, Best Clinic South

Finalist, Best Clinic South

My Face My Body 2015

Start-Up Business of the Year

Start-Up Business of the Year

Kent Women in Business 2015

Professional Achievement Award

Professional Achievement Award

Kent Women in Business 2015

Rising Star Award

Rising Star Award

Kent Women in Business 2015

Bronze

Bronze

Kent Health and Beauty Awards 2015

Winner, Start-Up Business of the Year

Winner, Start-Up Business of the Year

Kent Independent Traders Awards 2015

Winner, Growth Award 2017

Winner, Growth Award 2017

IBAK 2017

Runner-Up, Small Business of the Year

Runner-Up, Small Business of the Year

IBAK 2017

Runner-Up, Service Excellence

Runner-Up, Service Excellence

IBAK 2017

Finalist, Best New Clinic

Finalist, Best New Clinic

My Face, My Body Awards 2015

Finalist, Diamond Awards

Finalist, Diamond Awards

Safety in Beauty 2016

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LED Mask
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Microneedling Pen
neostrata
Nouveau Lashes
obagi
Intravita PDO Threads
profhilo
profhilo
prolon
pronokal
radiesse
rrs
silhouette soft
skin tech
skinade
specialist pharmacy
teosyal
thermavein
Venus Concept
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