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To Our Patients: Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

What a very different world we have just in the past week. We understand how stressful this is- emotionally, medically, and financially. I am reaching out to communicate with you and the rest of our patients to hopefully help guide you as best I can. Through television, radio, internet news, and social media, we are bombarded with information every minute, and it is difficult to know what information is accurate. As a doctor with a background in scientific research, I believe in making decisions based on known or proven facts, not on hunches or conjecture. When it comes to your health, PLEASE consider the source of your information. For instance, you may have heard recently about a particular actor with a large social media following alleging he had a cure for the coronavirus. Or you may have heard that a particularly well-known professional baseball player was consulted on how to handle the pandemic. If I want to be entertained, or want to improve my batting average, I would consult with those people. If I have concerns about what medication to put into my body, or how to improve a worldwide public health crisis, I would prefer consulting with someone who has devoted their life to researching those topics.

That being said, I would encourage using the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website ( as your main source for information. It is straightforward, science-based unbiased advice regarding this particular strain of coronavirus, COVID-19

To further assist you, we are adjusting our office policy. We are keeping the office open for your health needs, but we are restricted from scheduling certain surgeries at the Paoli Surgery Center and Main Line Health Hospitals (injuries/fractures, and cancer cases are permitted) to help conserve limited resources, and limit your unnecessary exposure unknowingly to the virus. In our office, we are wearing masks, pre-screening patients, measuring temperatures on everyone (including staff), further spacing appointments, having patients wait in their cars to reduce proximity, and arranging telemedicine (video appointments) when possible. Of course, we continue to disinfect our exam rooms between every patient, much as we always have been doing. We may not be able to immediately answer your phone call, but we will return your calls.

Sorry for such a long message, but I needed to share all of this with you. Please be smart and stay safe!

Christopher Hove, MD


Christopher Hove, MD

An Overview of the History of the Facelift

A portrait of an attractive middle-aged women in profileFacelifts are one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures, with over 150,000 performed annually each year in the United States. Since it was first performed over a century ago, the facelift has become more refined, providing natural-looking results.

Here, Dr. Christopher Hove presents the history of the facelift, giving our Paoli, PA area patients a better understanding of this cosmetic procedure. Read on to learn the origins of this surgery and why today’s facelift techniques can provide you with a subtly rejuvenated appearance.

The First Facelifts

The first recorded cosmetic facial surgery occurred in 1901. Dr. Eugen Hollander removed the excess facial skin of a Polish aristocrat through an incision next to the ear.

While this technically does not qualify as a facelift, since no skin was actually lifted and tightened, it employed many techniques similar to facelifts, such as incisions beside the ears and the removal of excess skin.

In 1916, Dr. Erich Lexer, a German surgeon, performed the first ever facelift by lifting sagging skin from underlying fat, tightening it, draping it, and then removing the excess.

Back then, as today, a quality facelift requires surgical skill and an artistic eye. It may not be so surprising then that Dr. Lexer was also a gifted sculptor. In addition, he went on to publish several textbooks that became the early standard on performing cosmetic surgical procedures.

Celebrities soon began undergoing facelift procedures, including Funny Girl star Fanny Brice and Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor.

At the same time, there was a surge in facial reconstruction surgery due to the disfiguring facial wounds endured by World War I soldiers. Some of the techniques employed to improve veterans’ facial appearance influenced cosmetic facial surgical techniques.

Facelifts in the Middle of the 20th Century

Facelift procedures become more popular during the middle of the 20th century, although the procedure produced results that today would be considered undesirable, such as the taut facial expression.

However, this changed in the late 1960s thanks to French surgeon Dr. Paul Tessier. He introduced a technique, called the superficial muscular aponeurotic system (SMAS) technique, which produced more natural-looking results. Still used today, SMAS involves working with facial muscles, in addition to skin and underlying connective tissue, for softer, more realistic facelift results.

The Second Half of the 20th Century through Today

From the latter half of the 20th century to today, facelift techniques have been refined, allowing for improved results and faster healing times.

Dr. Tessier and other leading surgeons developed techniques, including new incision sites and targeting different layers of tissue along various areas of the face. In addition to these advances in surgical approach, recent years have seen advances in anesthesia and minimally-invasive techniques for increased patient safety.

Learn More about Facelifts

Facelifts have been rejuvenating patients’ faces for a century. Fortunately, today you can enjoy supremely authentic-looking results and safe procedures. Learn more during a consultation with Dr. Hove. You can set up your appointment by calling us at (610) 647-3727 or filling out our online form.

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I believe that to excel in any career, one has to keep reaching, learning, and sharpening their skills, instead of resting idle on some self-declared title. At the Hove Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, we continually strive to bring you the latest advanced techniques and products in the field of facial plastic surgery, both cosmetic and reconstructive.

-Dr. Christopher Hove