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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 (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

 

Christopher Hove, MD

Avoiding Sun Exposure after a Facelift

Woman in the sunFacelift surgery tightens the skin and helps define facial features to give patients a more refreshed and youthful appearance. A facelift targets the mid to lower face, where saggy skin, wrinkles, and creases are more likely to develop as a person ages. Facelift surgery produces effective results, but patients need to be careful about how they care for the skin while they recover from their procedure.

Facial plastic surgeon Christopher Hove urges our Philadelphia, PA, patients to avoid sun exposure after facelift surgery so that incisions and surrounding tissues can heal properly. Here, individuals can learn more about the risks of sun damage after a facelift, and how to best protect delicate facial skin.

Why You Need to Avoid the Sun after a Facelift

Nearly everyone is aware of the harmful effects that UV rays can have on the skin. However, most commonly, people are concerned about protecting the skin from a sunburn. UV rays can do far more than burn the skin. Sun exposure can compromise skin elasticity, deepen facial wrinkles, and lead to the development of age spots.

Sun exposure can be particularly damaging to people who are recovering from facelift surgery. Sun exposure after a facelift can compromise a patient’s recovery in several ways:

  • Sun exposure can prolong the recovery process
  • Sun exposure can increase the amount of inflammation that develops after surgery
  • Sun exposure can discolor the skin near incision sites
  • Sun exposure can make facelift scars appear more prominent

When Is It Safe to Go Back in the Sun?

Being cooped up indoors all day is not fun, so most of our Philadelphia patients are eager to find out when they can go back in the sun after a facelift. To be safe, facelift patients should avoid sun exposure until they have completely healed from the procedure. Although a patient’s recovery timeline may vary slightly, it usually takes at least four weeks for facelift incisions to heal. While we don’t expect patients to stay inside the entire four weeks of their recovery, they do need to avoid prolonged sun exposure and be sure to protect the skin whenever they go outside.

Long-term Skin Care Tips

Beyond the initial recovery period, sun exposure can compromise facelift results for our Philadelphia patients. UV rays can damage the deeper layers of the skin and exaggerate the signs of aging, even after a facelift. To protect the skin and preserve the long-term effects of facelift surgery, we recommend that our patients follow a few easy skin care tips:

  • Apply sunscreen 30 minutes prior to sun exposure, and reapply as needed
  • Wear a hat with a wide brim to protect facial skin
  • Try to find areas of shade when outdoors for a prolonged amount of time
  • Whenever possible, avoid being in the sun for an extended amount of time between the hours of 11am and 4pm

Contact Us

If you want to reverse the signs of aging and reclaim a more youthful appearance, a facelift may be the ideal solution. To discuss facelift surgery and the recovery process, call (610) 647-3727 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Christopher Hove. You can also send us a message to learn more about the wide range of cosmetic services offered by Dr. Hove.

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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

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