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 (www.cdc.gov) 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
Facial wrinkles and sagging skin are an inevitable part of the aging process. Fortunately, there are cosmetic treatments that allow us to address these signs of aging and restore a more refreshed and youthful appearance. Facelift surgery lifts and tightens the skin of the mid and lower face to minimize creases and wrinkles and enhance facial contours.
At Dr. Christopher R. Hove’s practice in Philadelphia, PA, he is careful to conceal incisions so that scars are discreet. But there are other steps our patients can take to further minimize scars after a facelift.
Incision care is one of the most important parts of facelift recovery. Dr. Hove will provide all of our patients with thorough post-surgical care instructions before they return home after their facelift procedure.
These instructions will teach patients how to care for incision sites properly to promote a smooth and timely recovery while minimizing the risk of infection or other surgical complications that could exaggerate scars. All surgical wounds should be cleaned, cared for, and dressed exactly as instructed in the days and weeks following treatment.
Overall physical health plays a role in how a patient will recover from a facelift or any other surgical procedure. It is important that our Philadelphia patients maintain a diet that is rich in nutrients that will promote good health and make it easier for the body to heal after surgery.
Patients should introduce healthy foods well before their facelift procedure, and continue to follow healthy eating habits as they recover. Nutrients that are especially beneficial during surgical recovery include protein, vitamin C, zinc, and vitamin A.
It is important that patients drink plenty of water while they recover from facelift surgery. Hydration is essential to a person’s overall physical health. Additionally, water helps keep the skin moisturized. Skin that is well hydrated will be suppler and more elastic. Nourished skin is more resilient, so it should produce less scar tissue as incisions heal.
Our Philadelphia patients should avoid the sun completely for at least the first week or two of facelift recovery. UV rays can slow down the healing process, and can also cause changes in skin pigmentation, which can make scars even more noticeable.
Even after initial facelift recovery is complete, patients should be careful about protecting surgical scars from the sun. Scars and the surrounding skin should always be protected with sunscreen and large hats that will help block out harmful UV rays.
Many patients choose to use silicone gels or tapes on surgical scars while they heal. These products seal the skin to block out bacteria and keep in moisture. When used appropriately, silicone gels can accelerate healing and encourage the production of flatter, lighter scars. Dr. Hove is happy to provide patients with recommendations regarding these types of products, as well as discuss when and how they should be used.
Facelift surgery lifts and smooths the skin to enhance a patient’s natural beauty and restore a more youthful appearance. If you would like to find out if facelift surgery is right for you, send us a message at your earliest convenience, or call (610) 647-3727 to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Christopher R. Hove.
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.