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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 ( 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

How Long Does a Facelift Last?

A woman touching the side of her faceWhen people undergo a facelift, it doesn’t target the entire face. Only the middle portion of the face is treated with a traditional facelift. That means the area around the eyes and the cheekbones. Tightening around the mid-face area leads to a more youthful appearance, with fewer wrinkles and less facial sagging.

While facelifts have great results, these outcomes don’t last forever. Philadelphia, PA area facial plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher R. Hove discusses how long facelift results last and what can be done to prolong the anti-aging benefits.

Average Lifespan of Facelift Anti-Aging Benefits

In general, the results of a facelift will last about 15 years. The exact amount of time can vary from patient to patient. Sometimes the facelift results last longer, other times they don’t last quite so long.

Keep in mind that the overall benefits of a facelift will have lasting impact on your appearance moving forward even as results fade. This means that you will continue to look more youthful even as the facelift benefits diminish with time.

Causes of Facelift Results Diminishing with Time

A facelift can turn back the clock, but it can’t stop the clock entirely. The natural aging process means that even the best facelift results will be subject to the breakdown of collagen and elastin within the skin.

The team at our Philadelphia area facial plastic surgery center will work to ensure your results last as long as possible, but it’s important for patients to have realistic expectations about the procedure.

Tips for Prolonging the Benefits of Your Facelift

Even though the results of your facelift will eventually fade, there is a lot you can do to prolong the benefits of a facelift. That includes the following:

  • Quit Smoking - Smoking is bad for your heath, and it can lead to the breakdown of collagen and elastin as well. Protect your overall wellness and the health of your skin by kicking the habit for good.
  • Use Sunblock Whenever You’re Outdoors - Sun damage can take a major toll on the appearance and quality of your skin. That’s why it’s important that you use sunblock whenever you’re out in the sun.
  • Wear Sunglasses When Outside - Sunglasses will protect your eyes from the damage caused by the sun, and will also protect the area around the eyes from sun damage.
  • Wear a Hat with a Brim When Outside - A hat with a brim will provide shade for your forehead and upper portion of your face. This reduces the damaging effects of the sun and can help you appear younger in the long run.
  • Eat a Healthy Diet - You are what you eat, and that reflects in your appearance. Be sure to eat a balanced, nutritious diet that’s rich in fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grains, and lean protein. Avoid heavily processed foods and junk foods.

Undergoing Touchup Work as Needed

When the benefits of your facelift eventually fade, you can undergo touchup work to help look younger and more refreshed. We can discuss the potential of a touchup facelift and other procedures with you in greater detail during the consultation process.

Contact the Hove Center for Facial Plastic Surgery

If you live in the Philadelphia area and want to learn more about looking younger and more refreshed for years to come, be sure to contact a board-certified plastic surgeon. You can reach our practice by phone at (610) 647-3727. We look forward to hearing from you.

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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