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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

How Smoking Affects the Appearance

Man hold a cigarette in front of him and breaks it in halfFacial plastic surgery can minimize the signs of aging and balance out your facial features. Dr. Christopher Hove is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon who focuses his plastic surgery expertise on the eyes, brow, nose, chin, and other important facial features.

Smoking has damaging effects on the skin. At Dr. Hove’s practice in Philadelphia, PA, we want patients to have a clear understanding of the relationship between smoking and skin damage before undergoing facial plastic surgery. Read on to learn more about how smoking affects your appearance.

Can Smokers Undergo Facial Plastic Surgery?

Smoking is more than a cosmetic concern. Tobacco use complicates recovery following any surgical procedure. Smoking weakens the immune system and restricts blood flow. Patients who smoke after surgery are at greater risk of complications and infections. Smoking also increases the appearance of scarring.

For these reasons, many surgeons require that patients refrain from smoking for a period of time before and after surgery. If you are a smoker, Dr. Hove will discuss your plastic surgery options during your consultation at our Philadelphia practice. Light smokers generally find it easy to refrain from smoking during recovery.

All tobacco use is harmful to your health. Quitting smoking is your best bet for enjoying all the benefits of facial cosmetic surgery.

Smoking after Recovery

Even when patients refrain from smoking during recovery, resuming the habit can undermine many of the cosmetic benefits of facial cosmetic surgery. Many of the surgical procedures that Dr. Hove performs address skin laxity and sagging. Smoking accelerates the aging process, and the results are especially noticeable on the face.

Advanced Aging and Smoking

Smoking causes premature wrinkles and is damaging to the skin for two main reasons. One, nicotine restricts blood flow, which deprives your skin of oxygen and nutrients.

In addition, there are more than 4,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke. Many of these chemicals damage collagen and elastin, which give your skin elasticity and strength. The degree of aging can be affected by how long you’ve smoked and how heavily you smoke.

Worried about Your Appearance? Consider Quitting Smoking

Quitting smoking is difficult, but there are many good resources available that can help. Beyond seeking help through support groups or cognitive behavioral therapy, online resources include:

There’s no one path to quitting smoking. If you have struggled to cut the habit, Dr. Hove can provide you with reliable advice. The team at Hove Center for Facial Plastic Surgery believes that a beautiful face results from a healthy lifestyle and conservative cosmetic interventions when needed. Quitting smoking can be your best bet for preventing wrinkles and other undesirable cosmetic issues.

Rejuvenate Your Face Through Facial Plastic Surgery

No matter what your past or current tobacco use history, we welcome you to explore the facial plastic surgery options at our office. We also offer a wide range of non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments.

To schedule your next visit, please contact our office online or call us in Philadelphia at (610) 647-3727.

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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