4/30/2020

Dear Patients:

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. Please be patient with us as we all adapt to this new “normal”. 

For example:

· Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office. 

· We ask that you wear a facemask in the office, if possible, but NO GLOVES.

· We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

· You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect. 

· Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

· We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. 

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Keep Smiling!

Dr. Dowell and Team 

How Effective Is BOTOX for Treating Wrinkles?

By Stephen Dowell, DDS on April 23, 2020


Female smiles behind BOTOX Cosmetic logoBOTOX® Cosmetic is an injectable cosmetic treatment that dramatically reduces or eliminates the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The cosmetic benefits can be enjoyed for about four months.

BOTOX injections have become a popular cosmetic treatment option because it addresses one of the most undesirable results of aging: wrinkles. Before seeking this treatment, patients should understand what types of wrinkles BOTOX can address and which types of wrinkles are better treated using dermal fillers. Here, the team at Dowell Dental Group, serving Minerva, OH, Carrollton, OH, and Dover, OH, discuss BOTOX injections for wrinkles.

How Does BOTOX Treat Wrinkles?

BOTOX injections are widely considered to be one of the most effective non-surgical treatment for wrinkles. The injections use a neurotoxin that temporarily paralyzes muscles in the treatment area. Many wrinkles are caused by muscle contractions that squeeze the skin and cause the formation of lines, wrinkles, and folds in the skin.

BOTOX directly addresses wrinkles by preventing the muscles from contracting. Patients shouldn’t worry about losing important face muscle functions since the injections target specific areas of the face and not large muscle groups. The injections are considered incredibly safe, especially when they are administered by a qualified medical professional.

Once the injections have taken effect, our patients will begin to notice a significant reduction in the appearance of wrinkles near the eyes, lips, forehead, and other areas of the face.

Can BOTOX Injections Treat Any Type of Wrinkle?

BOTOX injections are great for treating dynamic wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles typically appear along the outer edges of the lips and eyes and on the forehead. These wrinkles are only present while the muscles are contracting. They often become more noticeable when people are laughing or making facial expressions.

BOTOX treatments may not be as effective in addressing static wrinkles. If you have wrinkles that are always present (regardless of facial expressions or lack thereof) you may be a better candidate for dermal fillers. We offers injectable fillers that “fill in” fine lines and wrinkles. All of our dermal fillers are FDA-approved and use biocompatible materials that rarely cause allergic reactions.

How Long Will My Face Remain Wrinkle-free?

The length of time that you can enjoy reduced wrinkles will vary, but most patients report that BOTOX injections reduce their wrinkles for around four months. At that point, you will see the gradual return of dynamic wrinkles.

To continue enjoying the benefits of BOTOX, you will need to undergo the treatment again at our dental practice. The best way to maximize your cosmetic results is to work with a respected doctor who has experience administering BOTOX treatments.

Schedule Your BOTOX Injections Today

BOTOX injections address the underlying cause of dynamic wrinkles. Once the active agents take effect, wrinkles near your eyes, lips, forehead, and other areas will begin to fade. Scheduling the cosmetic treatments, which can be administered in well under half an hour, is easy.

To schedule your BOTOX injection appointment, please contact our office online or call (330) 868-5001.

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