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
Not everyone is born with full lips. In fact, many people are looking for ways to add greater fullness to their lips. Permanent lip implants are an option that benefits many people, but if you’d prefer to avoid surgery, you could simply get cosmetic injectables such as Juvéderm®. Dr. Christopher Hove has used this cosmetic injectable on countless Philadelphia, PA facial rejuvenation patients.
Let’s take a moment to consider how Juvéderm works and why it may be an ideal option for you and your cosmetic enhancement needs.
If you have thin lips, they can detract from the beauty of your face in a number of unexpected ways. Your face may seem to lack personality or expressiveness if your lips aren’t pouty or thick. You could even feel self-conscious about the thinness of your lips and wish you could do something about them.
Juvéderm is a hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler. Hyaluronic acid is a substance naturally found in the human body. That means it will not be rejected by the body and poses an extremely low risk of allergic reaction.
By injecting Juvéderm into the lips, the added volume leads to an appearance of fullness and lusciousness. In addition to lip augmentation, Juvéderm can be used to fill in lines and wrinkles around the face.
Good candidates for Juvéderm are people who want to increase the fullness of their lips but would prefer to do so without undergoing surgery. They should understand the risks and benefits of dermal filler treatment and have realistic expectations about the finals results and how long they last.
During a consultation at our Philadelphia area practice, we can let you know if Juvéderm is the right option for your cosmetic goals, or if another dermal filler would be more ideal.
A topical anesthetic is usually applied to the lips to avoid serious discomfort. The Juvéderm is carefully injected into the lips in order to evenly increase volume and shape. The exact amount of Juvéderm used will vary depending on the needs of the patient.
The entire Juvéderm injection process will take about 30 minutes to complete, meaning you can undergo treatment during your lunch break.
The results of Juvéderm can be stunning. Patients get fuller lips and do not have to deal with the downtime or risks associated with lip implant surgery. The added volume to the lips enhances overall facial appearance.
The results of Juvéderm lip augmentation injections will usually last about six months to nine months. This is comparable to a number of other dermal fillers that are also on the market.
At the end of several months, patients can undergo another Juvéderm injection session, prolonging the cosmetic outcomes and maintaining a full, shapely set of lips in the process.
If you live in the Philadelphia area and would like to learn more about Juvéderm and your many other dermal filler options, contact a board-certified plastic surgeon. The Hove Center for Facial Plastic Surgery can be reached by phone at (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.