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
When loose skin and creases develop along the jaw and chin, many people consider a facelift. However, not everyone requires the extensive alterations that are provided by a traditional facelift. A number of Dr. Christopher Hove’s Philadelphia, PA, patients find that they are actually better suited for a mini facelift.
A mini facelift restores the firmness of the jawline to improve facial contours, and it requires a significantly smaller incision than a traditional facelift. A mini facelift offers several benefits, including a quick recovery. Patients frequently question how long a mini facelift will last. Here, we go over the typical mini facelift results.
It is important for individuals who are considering a mini facelift to understand not only how long the results of treatment will last, but also which areas of the face will benefit from the procedure. One of the main differences between a mini facelift and a traditional facelift is the extent of treatment results. While a traditional facelift address everything from the cheeks down, including the neck, a mini facelift primarily focuses on the jawline and the area just below the chin.
The areas of the face that are affected by a mini facelift differ slightly from those that are altered by a traditional facelift. Still, patients can expect the results of a mini facelift to last just as long as those of a traditional facelift.
When Dr. Hove performs a mini facelift for our Philadelphia patients, he does not just tighten the skin. Dr. Hove also repairs the underlying tissue layer, or the SMAS, so that he is tightening things from the inside out. This gives patients more effective and natural-looking treatment results, and also promotes longer-lasting results.
There is no way to guarantee how long the results of a mini facelift will last because each person ages at his or her own rate. Factors like the skin’s natural elasticity will also play a role in determining how long mini facelift results last. All that taken into consideration, most people can expect the results of a mini facelift to last at least five years, while many enjoy the results of treatment for 10 years or more.
The alterations that are made during a mini facelift are permanent, so many of our Philadelphia patients wonder why the results of treatment don’t last forever. Despite the repairs that are made during surgery, the skin and tissues will continue to age. Over time, more elasticity will be lost, and more collagen will be depleted. Eventually, this will lead to sagging, creases, and facial wrinkles, even if a person has previously undergone mini facelift treatment.
A mini facelift can reverse years of aging and provide you with results that last for many years. To learn more about mini facelift treatment, send us a message at your earliest convenience. You can also schedule an appointment with Dr. Christopher Hove to find out if you are an ideal candidate for a mini facelift. Simply call (610) 647-3727 to get started.
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.