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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

Rhinoplasty Splints

Placing bandage over nose after rhinoplastyDr. Christopher Hove receives a number of questions about rhinoplasty (nose job) recovery from patients in the Philadelphia, PA. Many patients wonder about nose splints. Also known as nasal splints, nose splints are used to help the nose maintain its shape after rhinoplasty. Nasal splints are typically made of silicone or aluminum and are a common part of the healing process.

Let’s go over a few more basics about nasal splints so you have a better understanding of the rhinoplasty recovery process.

Why Are Nose Splints Necessary?

The nose is extremely delicate after a rhinoplasty. Just resting your glasses on the bridge of your nose or sneezing can have adverse effects on the shape of your nose following surgery.

Nasal splints will help your nose remain in one position as you heal, which means better cosmetic outcomes once you have fully recovered from surgery.

Internal and External Nose Splints

There are two kinds of nasal splints:

  • External Nose Splints - These splints are placed on the outside of the nose to aid with healing. Everyone who undergoes rhinoplasty and most nasal surgeries will have external splints placed.
  • Internal Nose Splints - Internal splints are placed inside of the nostrils to help support the septum. These splints are less common in rhinoplasty and more common in septoplasty, a procedure performed to correct a deviated septum.

Some patients will have both external and internal splints placed. We can discuss that with you during your consultation at our Philadelphia area practice.

The Benefits of Nose Splints After Surgery

The benefits of having nasal splints in place include:

  • Maintaining ideal shape for the nose
  • Minimizing post-op swelling
  • Controlling post-op nosebleeds
  • Preventing hepatomas from forming
  • Improving breathing after surgery

Even though nasal splints are on the nose itself or inside the nostrils, they do not cause pain or undue discomfort as a patient heals.

How Long Will I Need to Have Nose Splints?

It can vary from patient to patient. In most cases, external splints are worn for about two weeks, while internal splints may be in place for just a week or less. This can also be discussed as part of the consultation process.

Removal of Nose Splints

Removal of nasal splints will occur at one of the post-op follow-up visits to our practice. Dr. Hove will remove the nasal splints carefully, making sure patients are not in pain or distressed at all.

What Should I Do If a Nose Split Comes Loose?

Nasal splints typically do not come loose on their own. If they do, it’s important that you contact our practice as soon as possible so the matter can be dealt with in a timely manner. Do not attempt to remove the splints or adjust them on your own.

What Should I Do If I Have Other Issues During Healing?

If you run into any kinds of issues with your nasal splints of other recovery matters, we advise you to speak with someone on our team. We’ll be able to address these concerns as soon as possible and help you recovery from rhinoplasty with as few complications as possible.

Learn More About Rhinoplasty

If you live in the Philadelphia area and would like to learn more about rhinoplasty and how it can benefit you, be sure to contact an experienced facial plastic surgeon. You can reach the Hove Center for Facial Plastic Surgery in Paoli 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