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
By surgically tightening facial skin, a facelift can leave patients looking many years younger. Dr. Christopher Hove is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon who regularly performs the cosmetic procedure. Dr. Hove has performed hundreds of facelifts, and he considers facelifts to be his specialty.
Before your procedure or after you heal, you may benefit from non-surgical treatments to enhance your facelift results. A chemical peel, for example, can minimize the signs of aging on the surface of your skin. Dr. Hove can discuss the benefits of combining a facelift and chemical peel during your consultation at our Philadelphia, PA, office.
Depending on your cosmetic needs and personal goals, Dr. Hove can combine multiple cosmetic treatments. At Hove Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, we offer surgical and non-surgical procedures that can redefine areas of the face like the eyes, brows, cheeks, and chin, among others. Our Philadelphia plastic surgery center also offers a wide range of injectable treatments.
One procedure that can complement a facelift is a chemical peel. A chemical peel and a facelift can minimize the signs of aging but through different means. The treatments target different areas of the face to deliver rejuvenated results.
A chemical peel reduces the signs of aging from the surface of your skin. The non-surgical treatment does not address skin laxity and deep folds in your skin. Our Philadelphia cosmetic treatment center offers light, medium, and deep peels.
Under the close supervision of Dr. Hove, the chemical will be applied to specific areas of your face to remove the outer layer of your skin. A chemical peel can treat sun damage, age spots, and other blemishes. Chemical peels generally require only a short recovery period.
A facelift is a surgical procedure that reduces sagging skin on the jawline, cheeks, and other areas of the face. The procedure requires incisions and repositioning of the skin to produce a more youthful appearance. Dr. Hove also performs mini facelifts for individuals with minor cosmetic concerns.
The chemical peel procedure can be staged out a few months after your faceift surgery. By waiting until your skin has had time to heal, you can enjoy better cosmetic results and reduce your risk of side effects or complications.
Dr. Hove will let you know the specific treatment timeline. Combining a chemical peel to your overall treatment plan can deliver dramatic cosmetic results. While a facelift reshapes facial features, it does not address skin-level blemishes. Similarly, a chemical peel can’t address skin laxity.
Combining the two procedures (staged a few months apart), allows our patients to enjoy the benefits of firm skin that is free of surface blemishes.
A chemical peel and facelift combination is one of many potential treatment packages we offer. Dr. Hove solely focuses on refining facial features through surgical and non-surgical means. To schedule your next visit, 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.