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Coronavirus Update

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

Forehead Lift with BOTOX or Surgery

A woman touching her faceLines and wrinkles on the forehead can lead you to look years older than you really are. Thankfully, Dr. Christopher Hove offers advanced skin care and cosmetic facial surgery procedures that rejuvenate your appearance and remove unwanted signs of aging. Countless Philadelphia, PA patients have benefited from BOTOX® injections and forehead lift surgery at our practice.

But which treatment for brow lines is better?

Our team would like to take a moment to compare forehead lift surgery and BOTOX injections so you understand which one may be better for you.

How BOTOX Injections Work

BOTOX injections are ideal for dynamic wrinkles, meaning the wrinkles that appear when you make certain kinds of facial expressions. These are common around the brow and forehead region, especially when people frown.

The BOTOX solution will prevent muscle contractions from occurring around the injection site. This means that the dynamic wrinkles caused by certain facial expressions will not appear.

Ideal Candidates for BOTOX Injections

Good candidates for BOTOX injections are people who suffer from dynamic wrinkles who would prefer to avoid undergoing a surgical procedure. They should understand that BOTOX treatment results are temporary, and have a full understanding of all risks and benefits involved in the procedure.

The Pros and Cons of BOTOX Injections

The advantages of getting BOTOX injections for forehead rejuvenation are as follows:

  • No scarring from injection therapy
  • No downtime or lengthy recovery process
  • Patients are back to most normal activities right after BOTOX injection treatment
  • More affordable than facial plastic surgery
  • Results appear natural

The disadvantages of getting BOTOX injections for the forehead are as follows:

  • The results only last about six months, requiring return visits to our Philadelphia cosmetic surgery center for periodic touch-ups
  • Outcomes may not be as dramatic as patients wish

How Forehead Lift Surgery Works

Also known as a brow lift, forehead lift surgery involves incisions made behind a patient’s hairline. Through these incisions, the underlying structures of the forehead are adjusted and the forehead skin is pulled tighter. This leads to fewer wrinkles along he brow and a more youthful appearance.

Ideal Candidates for Forehead Lift Surgery

Good candidates for forehead lift surgery are people who have considerable lines and wrinkles along their brow area. They should be in good overall health and not suffer from medical conditions that would make the brow lift surgery a risk to general wellness. Patients should understand the risks and benefits involved in the surgery.

The Pros and Cons of Forehead Lift Surgery

The advantages of surgical forehead rejuvenation are as follows:

  • Long-lasting results for facial rejuvenation
  • Incisions and scars are hidden carefully in the hairline/scalp

The disadvantages of surgical forehead rejuvenation are as follows:

  • Risk of infection and post-op complications
  • More expensive than BOTOX injections and dermal fillers
  • More serious side effects after surgical treatment
  • Downtime required to recuperate after the surgery

Helping You Make the Right Facial Rejuvenation Choices

During your consultation at our practice serving the Philadelphia area, we will be more than happy to discuss your options for facial rejuvenation treatment. Based on your aesthetic needs and goals, we will can help you make the right decision to get rid of forehead wrinkles and other signs of aging. Our team is here for you.

Learn More About Facial Rejuvenation

For more information about getting rid of lines and wrinkles on your forehead, be sure to contact a skilled cosmetic surgeon and skin care specialist. We at the Hove Center for Facial Plastic Surgery are here to help. You can schedule a consultation by calling (610) 647-3727.

Tagged In: Brow Lift, Botox, Facial Plastic Surgery, Cosmetic Injectables

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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