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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 (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

Reasons for Revision Rhinoplasty

Woman examining her noseRhinoplasty alters the size and shape of the nose to address nasal imperfections, improve facial proportions, and give patients a nose that makes them feel more confident. Rhinoplasty, often referred to as a nose job, has a reputation for being very successful. Although most patients get the results they desire after rhinoplasty, there are times when a patient’s expectations are not met.

Individuals who are not satisfied with the results of their nose job may be ideal candidates for revision rhinoplasty. Here, plastic surgeon Christopher Hove discusses some of the most common reasons for revision rhinoplasty at our Philadelphia, PA practice.

Breathing Difficulties

Breathing difficulties are one of the most common reasons for revision rhinoplasty. The nose is a complex structure that significantly impacts a person’s ability to breathe freely. Although many rhinoplasty procedures are meant to be purely cosmetic in nature, alterations can affect the function of the nose, if a surgeon is not careful. If someone recovers from rhinoplasty only to be left with breathing difficulties, they need to consider a revision procedure.

Dr. Hove is highly experienced in rhinoplasty. He uses minimally invasive techniques to give rhinoplasty patients the aesthetic results they desire without altering the function of the nose. If patients were not fortunate enough to have this kind of care for their first rhinoplasty procedure, they can rely on Dr. Hove to make the corrections that are necessary to restore comfortable breathing while maintaining the appearance of the nose.

The Nose Appears Too Wide or Too Thin

Rhinoplasty treatment often involves altering the width of the nose. Patients should be provided with digital images of the results they can expect after surgery, and in most cases, these expectations are met. Still, there are times that a person feels as though their nose is too wide or too thin after they have fully healed from rhinoplasty. Revision rhinoplasty can tweak the results of an original rhinoplasty procedure so that our Philadelphia patients enjoy a nose that balances out the rest of their facial features.

Desire for Refinement

Even when the overall shape of the nose is ideal, a patient may notice other minor imperfections after all of the swelling from rhinoplasty treatment has gone down. It is common for patients to seek out revision rhinoplasty to make subtle refinements that will enhance the results of their original procedure. Refinement may include:

  • Narrowing the nostrils
  • Lifting the nasal tip
  • Smoothing out a minor bump
  • Lifting or thinning the columella (the thin column of tissue that separates the nostrils)

Nose Injury

Even when the desired effects of rhinoplasty are achieved, there are traumatic instances that can alter the shape of the nose. Car crashes, falls, and sports injuries are just some of the traumas that can damage the nose and compromise the results of rhinoplasty. Following a nose injury, revision rhinoplasty can repair damage so that our Philadelphia patients are able to once again enjoy the aesthetic results of their primary rhinoplasty procedure.

Contact Us

In the unfortunate event that the results of an initial rhinoplasty procedure are undesirable, Dr. Christopher Hove can perform a revision. To learn more about revision rhinoplasty and whether you may be an ideal candidate for treatment, send us a message online, or call (610) 647-3727 at your earliest convenience.

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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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