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
Many serious signs of aging become visible around the eyes, particularly the upper and lower eyelids. That’s why eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) can make such a major difference to your looks. Countless people in the Philadelphia, PA area have come to Dr. Christopher Hove in order to have this drooping skin lifted, which has excellent anti-aging benefits.
While there are cosmetic advantages to undergoing blepharoplasty, there are times when this eyelid procedure is medically necessary. In these cases, eyelid surgery can be covered by insurance. Let’s explore this issue below.
Some people have eyelids that droop and sag significantly. This may be the result of sagging skin from the aging process, or an issue with the muscles that affect the muscles of the upper eyelids. The condition is called ptosis when the muscles are affected.
Not only does eyelid drooping impact someone’s appearance, it can also have a negative impact on vision. With a severely reduced field of vision, eyelid drooping can make driving and performing other daily tasks dangerous.
Though the criteria is very strict, you can receive insurance coverage for upper eyelid surgery when the eyelid significantly impairs your vision. In such cases of serious drooping or ptosis, the blepharoplasty procedure is no longer considered cosmetic but medically necessary.
In order to qualify for your eyelid surgery to qualify for insurance coverage, you will need evidence that your case of drooping significantly affects your field of vision and peripheral vision. There will also need to be evidence that you are unable to perform certain daily tasks safely as a result of the drooping of your eyelids.
The exact documentation will vary based on your provider, but you will typically need photographic evidence and a recommendation by an ophthalmologist for upper eyelid surgery. This could include an official diagnosis of ptosis. Be sure to check with your insurance provider to find out exactly what is needed. This can prevent a lot of frustration with getting your surgery approved.
Knowing what documentation is necessary can be complicated, which is why patients who come to our Philadelphia practice can receive guidance on what documentation and evidence is needed. We can offer our years of insight into facial plastic surgery needs and help streamline this process so your procedure is approved as soon as possible.
The upper eyelids are the primary cause of vision impairment when a person suffers from ptosis or severe drooping. The lower eyelids generally do not have an impact on vision or quality of life matters. While puffy or hollow lower eyelids are a common issue for people, treating these issues is not considered a medical necessity that qualifies for insurance coverage.
In addition to discussing insurance matters, our team can also go over the various risks and benefits of the procedure. This will give you a good idea of what to expect from the procedure itself and the recovery process. By getting an overview of what the entire process entails, you’ll be ready for the insurance paperwork process as well as post-surgical healing.
For more information about cosmetic eyelid surgery and why it may be an ideal option for you and your needs, be sure to contact a skilled facial plastic surgeon. You can reach our office serving the Philadelphia area by calling (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.