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
BOTOX® cosmetic treatments reduce the prominence of dynamic wrinkles by relaxing specific facial muscles. The non-surgical treatment remains one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States.
If you’re interested in injectable treatments, you’ve probably wondered, “How long does BOTOX last?” We all wish the results would last forever, but the active agent in the cosmetic injections is eventually reabsorbed by the body. To maintain your cosmetic results, you will need to return Dr. Christopher Hove’s Philadelphia, PA, plastic surgery center for additional injections at regular intervals.
Individual results vary, but most patients will enjoy the benefits of their BOTOX injections for three to six months on average. Once you have undergone BOTOX injections at our Philadelphia, PA, plastic surgery center, it can take up to two weeks for the full cosmetic benefits to develop.
As your body beings to absorb the botulinum toxin, muscle contractions will return to the treatment site and dynamic wrinkles will become noticeable again.
Age, muscle density, prominence of thewrinkles, and other physiological factors all lead to variations in how long patients can enjoy the cosmetic benefits of BOTOX treatments. There is no way for Dr. Hove to know for certain how long your cosmetic benefits will last if you are undergoing your first BOTOX treatment.
There can even be variation between initial treatments. After undergoing a few treatments, you will know how long your cosmetic results last on average. Once the average duration of your cosmetic results is apparent, your visits to our Philadelphia, PA, office can be scheduled at regular intervals.
While the rate of botulinum toxin resorption is largely predetermined by physiological factors, there are steps patients can take to maximize the amount of time that the cosmetic results can be enjoyed. For one, working with an esteemed and experienced doctor like Dr. Hove allows you to receive the precise amount of injections needed at the right skin depth to maximize your results for the longest period of time.
Tips for extending the lifespan of your treatment include:
BOTOX treatments offer a safe and effective means of reducing or eliminating the prominence of wrinkles and fine lines. Follow-up visits for additional BOTOX injections can be scheduled at regular intervals and at a time and day that is convenient to you. Each visit will take well under half an hour to complete.
To schedule your next visit to see Dr. Hove, 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.