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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

Facelift vs. Necklift: Facial Rejuvenation Options

An older woman smilingIf you want to fight signs of aging and look your best, there are plenty of ways to do this. Dr. Christopher Hove offers patients in the greater Philadelphia, PA area the latest in facial plastic surgery and cosmetic skin care procedures. Some patient may benefit from a facelift to reduce the appearance of unwanted facial lines and wrinkles, while other patients may find more advantages in the necklift to remove sagging skin.

The team at the Hove Center for Facial Plastic Surgery would like to compare these two effective surgical procedures. By discussing how each surgery works, you’ll get a better idea of which procedure is right for you.

About the Facelift

A facelift is a popular facial rejuvenation procedure that can help fight signs of advanced age. By tightening skin around the middle portion of the face, patients can look years younger. According to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), there were 121,531 facelifts performed in 2018.

Parts of the Face Treated by a Facelift

The facelift is ideal for treating wrinkles and sagging around the corners of the eyes and the cheekbone area. The procedure tightens the facial skin to combat the forces of gravity. This leaves the skin around the cheeks and eyes looking more supple and youthful in the process.

Good Candidates for a Facelift

Ideal candidates for facelift surgery are people who suffer from sagging of the facial skin. Typically these patients are in their 40s, 50s, and 60s. They should be in good overall health and not suffer from medical conditions that would make surgical procedures such as this a health risk. When you visit our facial plastic surgery center serving the greater Philadelphia area, we can discuss eligibility for a facelift with you in more detail.

About the Necklift

The necklift is a surgery that is performed on a patient’s neckline. As people age, the skin of the neck tends to become loose and saggy. This can drastically alter the appearance of your face. The necklift removes the loose skin of the neck and creates a more appealing appearance in the process.

Part of the Face Treated by a Necklift

The necklift, as the name suggests, targets the neck. During the necklift, some revision may be made to the lower portion of the jawline as well. The surgery helps tighten loose skin and give a patient a much more youthful appearance in the process.

Good Candidates for a Necklift

Good candidates for a necklift are people who have loose skin along their neckline. These patients also tend to be in their 40s, 50s, and 60s, which is when loose skin becomes an especially pronounced issue. These patients are in good health and do not have medical issues that would prevent them from undergoing a cosmetic surgery procedure.

Which Facial Rejuvenation Option Is Right for Me?

For people who have aesthetic issues affecting their upper- and mid-cheek areas, the facelift is the best option to consider. For patients whose issues are located around the neck and lower portion of the face, a necklift tends to be more ideal.

When you come to our office serving the greater Philadelphia area, we’ll evaluate your needs and go over your aesthetic goals. We’ll let you know which surgery is best for you and your needs in the process.

Contact Our Facial Plastic Surgery Center

To learn more about facelift, necklift, and other options for reducing wrinkles and fighting signs of aging, be sure to contact a skilled cosmetic surgeon and skin care specialist. The team at the Hove Center for Facial Plastic Surgery can be reached by phone 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