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Coronavirus Update

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

Rhinoplasty for a Narrow Nose

Woman examining her noseThe nose is the central feature of the face and, as such, it has a great impact on a person’s overall appearance. If the nose is too wide, too narrow, or cosmetically flawed, it can affect facial proportions.

At our facial plastic surgery practice, Dr. Christopher Hove routinely performs rhinoplasty to address nasal imperfections and enhance patients’ appearance. Many people think that rhinoplasty is only intended to reduce the size of the nose or eliminate blemishes, but we also offer rhinoplasty for a narrow nose. This procedure can give our Philadelphia, PA, patients a stronger and more prominent nose that better balances out their facial features.

What Makes the Nose Look Narrow?

There are several characteristics that can make the nose look too thin or narrow, causing it to appear small in comparison to other facial features. Some of the imperfections that most commonly contribute to the appearance of a narrow nose include:

  • A thin nasal bridge: The bridge of the nose is naturally thin. However, a nasal bump or insufficient nasal tissues can make the bridge look even thinner, which makes the entire nose appear unnaturally narrow.
  • A narrow nasal tip: Ideally, the tip of the nose should appear wider and rounder than the bridge of the nose. If the tip of the nose does not widen out proportionately, it can give the entire nose a small, narrow appearance.
  • Small nostrils: The nostrils may seem like an insignificant part of the nose, but they can have a great effect on its appearance. Small nostrils tend to make the nose appear disproportionately narrow.

Treating a Narrow Nose

There are several techniques that Dr. Hove can use to improve the appearance of a narrow nose. The exact alterations that are made during rhinoplasty will depend on the specific needs and desires of each of our Philadelphia patients.

Some techniques that may be considered to strengthen and enhance the appearance of a narrow nose include:

  • Smoothing out dorsal humps
  • Inserting a graft to build out the nasal bridge
  • Adding tissue to increase the width of the nasal tip
  • Widening the nostrils

Creating a Treatment Plan

Prior to rhinoplasty surgery, Dr. Hove will schedule a personal consultation with each of our Philadelphia patients. At this consultation, he will listen to the patient’s unique desires, and create a treatment plan accordingly. He will discuss the best ways to widen a narrow nose and provide digital images of anticipated rhinoplasty results based on the techniques that may be used.

Together, Dr. Hove and our patients can create a personalized treatment plan that augments the appearance of the nose, improves facial proportions, and gives patients the surgical results they desire.

Contact Us

If a narrow nose has left you feeling less than confident in your appearance, rhinoplasty can help. To learn more about rhinoplasty and its ability to improve your nasal proportions, contact our facial plastic surgery practice at your earliest convenience. You can also call (610) 647-3727 to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Christopher Hove.

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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