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
According to 2018 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), an eyelift was the second most popular surgical procedure among men. In 2018, 31,494 men underwent cosmetic eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). That means that 15 percent of all eyelid surgeries in 2018 were performed on men.
Numerous men in the Philadelphia, PA area come to Dr. Christopher Hove with questions about eyelid surgery. Let’s discuss the benefits of eyelid surgery for men, and why it may be the right facial rejuvenation procedure for you and your needs.
Cosmetic eyelid surgery is a facial rejuvenation procedure that can be performed on the upper eyelid or the lower eyelid. When perfumed on the upper eyelid, eyelid surgery can reduce sagging and drooping; on the lower eyelid, the procedure reduces bagginess and puffiness.
Whether performed on the upper or lower eyelid, blepharoplasty can lead to dramatic anti-aging results. Patients look younger and more refreshed.
Men may want to preserve certain lines and wrinkles because they help add an air of experience or sophistication to their facial features. A little sense of age is great for a lot of men. However, drooping eyelids and puffy eyes are never a good thing.
This is why many men have come to our Philadelphia plastic surgery center to undergo eyelift surgery. Just a subtle adjustment of the eyelids can work wonders for the overall look of your face.
Good candidates for eyelid surgery are men who have drooping eyelids or bags under their eyes. They should be in good overall health and able to undergo a relatively minor facial cosmetic surgery without a serious risk to wellness.
If you have drooping upper eyelids that block out part of your field of vision, upper eyelid surgery can be helpful for improving your looks and enhancing your eyesight. In some cases of eyelids impacting vision, the eyelid surgery could be covered by your health insurance as a medical necessity. Be sure to check with your doctor and insurance provider.
During the consultation process, we can go over the risks and benefits of surgery and suggest alternatives if eyelid surgery is not an ideal treatment option.
Generally, no. We take great care in concealing the incision locations in natural curves and folds around the eye. For upper eyelid surgery, the incision is concealed along the natural crease/fold of the eyelid. For lower eyelid surgery, the incision is concealed beneath the eyelash area.
If patients are concerned about major scarring from the eyelid surgery, we can determine a different method of surgery or suggest alternatives that will not risk scarring issues.
The results of eyelid surgery can be dramatic. Patients have much younger-looking faces thanks to minor adjustments to the eye area. If you’ve undergone eyelid surgery to reduce blocked vision, the procedure can lead to dramatic improvements in your vision.
If you live in the Philadelphia area and would like more information about facial cosmetic surgery techniques, be sure to contact a board-certified plastic surgeon. You can schedule a consultation 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.