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
Your eyes can so so much without even trying. If you have haggard or tired eyes, you could be conveying the wrong message to others, however. Thankfully people in the greater Philadelphia, PA area who have drooping eyelids can undergo eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty).
Dr. Christopher R. Hove and his team would like to consider some of the basics about cosmetic eyelid surgery below. This should help you know if the procedure is a good option for your aesthetic goals.
If you have upper eyelids that sag and droop, they can leave you looking much older than you are. The drooping of the eyelids tends to make your eyes appear tinier, and they give you a tired, haggard appearance as well. Livening up the eye area could work wonders for your appearance.
In addition to having negative effects on your appearance, drooping eyelids can also impact your eyesight. Eyelids that sag can block part of your field of vision. You may wear corrective lenses to improve your ability to see, but that won’t be able to fix your eyelids getting in the way of what you want to look at.
During cosmetic eyelid surgery, a plastic surgery can remove excess skin from the eyelid area and give you a much more refreshed and rejuvenated appearance. By removing this sagging eyelid skin, the eyes will look much more youthful.
Good candidates for eyelid surgery are people who suffer from sagging of the upper eyelid. The eyelid sagging may cause cosmetic issues and/or problems with vision. If the patient’s vision is negatively affected by a drooping upper eyelid, the eyelid surgery may be covered by health insurance.
It’s important that prospective patients be in good overall health and not suffer from medical problems that would make and eyelid procedure a risk to general wellness. We will go over all of the potential risks and benefits of surgery at our Philadelphia area plastic surgery center.
During the eyelid surgery itself, a plastic surgeon will make an incision along the upper eyelid, it is carefully concealed in the natural eyelid crease in order to prevent visible scarring. Excess skin is removed to ensure an upper eyelid that does not sag.
The results of cosmetic eyelid surgery can be dramatic. The patient’s eyes look enlivened and refreshed, and scarring is difficult to notice thanks to the careful placement of the incision. For patients who experienced vision issues from their upper eyelid, they will now have a much larger field of vision, meaning a better sense of well-being overall.
The best way to find out if eyelid surgery is an ideal option for you is to stop by the practice for a consultation. We can also discuss brow lift surgery and non-surgical cosmetic procedures that may help enhance your appearance and sense of self.
If you live in the Philadelphia area and would like to learn more about looking refreshed and rejuvenated, be sure contact a board-certified facial plastic surgeon. You can reach our office in Paoli by phone by calling (610) 647-3727.
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.