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
A graceful and smooth neckline conveys youth and beauty. Unfortunately, the aging process results in loose skin and banding on the neck. A neck lift can address the signs of aging and rejuvenate your appearance. Following your cosmetic surgery, you will begin your recovery.
Hove Center for Facial Plastic Surgery in Philadelphia, PA, we discuss the neck lift recovery timeline with our patients. Resting and following your recovery guidelines can ensure that you enjoy the full cosmetic benefits of your neck lift.
After surgery, you will be given specific guidelines that should be followed closely. Dr. Christopher Hove will be available to answer your questions or concerns throughout your recovery. While every patient’s recovery timeline varies depending on age, the number of procedures performed, and other factors, a typical recovery follows this timeline.
You will have a bandage placed around your neck and face to protect the surgical area and reduce swelling and bruising. A small tube may be present to allow for drainage from the surgical area. When you return home to rest and recover, you should keep your head elevated to reduce blood pressure around the surgical site.
Careful steps should be taken to avoid twisting or stretching the neck, especially during the first week of recovery. Although many people associate ice packs with healing, placing ice near your incisions can restrict blood flow and potentially cause damage to your skin.
Pain medications can alleviate discomfort. Having a fully stocked recovery room is another good idea that can reduce your need for leaving the house during the first few days of recovery. Light walking can prevent blood clots.
Bruising and swelling are common side effects. Many patients report that their neck feels tight. Bruising generally subsides by the end of the first week after surgery.
During the first week, rest is paramount. Eating a healthy diet and avoiding strenuous activities can help you lower your risk of complications.
After the first week, most patients can slowly resume normal work and chores while avoiding strenuous activities. Be sure to check with Dr. Hove before returning to work, which most people do around two weeks after surgery. Sutures are generally removed five to 10 days following surgery.
Alcohol should be avoided for three weeks since it promotes fluid retention. Avoiding excessive sunlight will also help you reduce the appearance of scars.
Most patients are able to resume strenuous activities one month after surgery. As always, discuss when you can resume exercising and other activities with Dr. Hove.
It may take several weeks or even months before swelling completely subsides and you can enjoy the full benefits of your treatment. One way to ensure that you enjoy the full benefits of neck lift surgery is to follow the tips in this blog post and follow your recovery guidelines closely.
By resting and taking care of your overall health, you can take an active role in ensuring that your recovery is free of complications.
If sagging skin on and near your neck leaves you looking advanced in years, Dr. Hove can customize your neck lift surgery to restore elegance and youth to your appearance. To schedule your neck lift consultation, please contact our office online or call (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.