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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

Treatment for Thinning Lips

Comparison photo showing before and after lip implants on female patientWhether you were born with thin lips or the aging process has diminished your once-plump pout, there are several surgical and non-surgical treatments available.

At Hove Center for Facial Plastic Surgery in Paoli, PA, Dr. Christopher R. Hove offers dermal fillers, fat injections, and lip implants to alter the appearance of your lips. Here, our team explores treatment for thinning lips so patients can be well-informed about their options.

Common Causes of Thinning Lips

In addition to genetics, there are several reasons why thinning lips occur. For example, thin lips can be caused by:

  • A decrease in collagen production: Collagen is like scaffolding that provides support and elasticity to the skin. As we age, natural collagen production slows. This can make the skin appear droopy and wrinkled. In many cases, a lack of collagen leads to thinning lips.
  • Vitamin deficiency: If your skin and hair have become oily, or your lips have become thin or cracked, it could indicate a Vitamin B deficiency.
  • Excessive sun exposure: Most individuals know the importance of wearing sunscreen when outdoors for prolonged periods of time. However, it is also important to protect your lips from harmful UV rays, as excessive sun exposure can lead to collagen breakdown.

Treatment Options for Thinning Lips

A skilled cosmetic surgeon, like Dr. Hove, can use a variety of methods to help you reach your desired aesthetic goals. At our practice, the three most common treatments for thinning lips include dermal fillers, fat injections, and lip implants. We will explore each of these briefly in the sections below.

Dermal Fillers

Due to their non-surgical, minimally invasive nature, dermal fillers are a popular treatment choice for thinning lips. Typically, fillers that are derived from hyaluronic acid, such as Restylane and Juvéderm, are the most effective for achieving plumper, fuller lips. Dermal fillers can also smooth vertical lip lines and wrinkles.

Little to no downtime is necessary following dermal filler treatment. In fact, the entire process usually only takes about 20 to 30 minutes at our practice, and the results are immediately noticeable.

Keep in mind that hyaluronic acid fillers are temporary. Re-treatments must be performed every four months to one year to maintain optimal results.

Fat Injections

Also referred to as fat grafting, fat injections are also a common treatment for thinning lips. This process involves removing fat from one area of the body, purifying it, and then injecting it into the area of concern.

Because this treatment involves liposuction, it is considered a surgical procedure. However, patients choose this option for many reasons:

  • Results can last many years, eliminating the need for re-treatment.
  • There is virtually zero risk of allergic reaction, since the fat injections come from the patient’s own body.
  • There is no need for incisions in the lips.
  • Fat injections typically yield natural-looking results.

Lip Implants

Patients desiring a dramatic increase in lip volume can benefit from lip implants. During this surgical procedure, Dr. Hove creates a small incision in the lips and places implants to achieve the appropriate shape and fullness.

After lip implant placement, the results typically last for many years. The procedure itself takes less than one hour to complete, and once healing has taken place, the scars are virtually undetectable.

Contact Hove Center for Facial Plastic Surgery Today

If you are concerned about thinning lips, there are several options that can help you achieve your cosmetic goals. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Hove. Each and every treatment plan we design is tailored to the needs of the individual. Contact us online or give us a call at (610) 647-3727.

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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