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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

Can Facelift and Laser Skin Resurfacing Be Combined?

Smiling blonde-haired woman shows firm facial skinDoes sagging skin on your face and neck area leave you looking older than you feel? While aging can’t be stopped, you don’t have to live with unwanted signs of aging. Facelift surgery allows. Dr. Christopher Hove to tighten sagging skin so you can enjoy a more youthful-looking face and neck.

Many patients can benefit from undergoing non-surgical laser skin resurfacing before or after their facelift. Combining both treatments can deliver dramatic cosmetic results for our Philadelphia, PA, patients. If you are seeking to address skin blemishes and facial skin laxity, this blog post overviews the benefit of combining facelift and laser skin resurfacing.

Benefits of Combining Facelift and Laser Skin Resurfacing

Facelift surgery and laser skin resurfacing address different cosmetic issues. Facelift surgery can address sagging and wrinkles by repositioning skin and removing excess skin. Facelift surgery does not address skin blemishes, such as acne spots, age spots, and other blemishes. Laser skin resurfacing also improves the texture of skin.

By combining both procedures at our Philadelphia plastic surgery center, you can benefit from skin that is firmer and blemish-free. If you believe that you are a candidate for staged treatments of facelift and laser skin resurfacing, Dr. Hove will examine your skin while considering your personal goals before recommending combining both treatments.

How Are Both Treatments Combined?

You can enjoy the benefits of facelift and laser skin resurfacing through a staged treatment. Treatments are commonly staged when one procedure requires a set recovery time. It would be unsafe to perform laser skin resurfacing soon after facelift surgery. Following surgery, your skin will be swollen and bruised.

To prevent infections or other complications, Dr. Hove may recommend that you wait until you have fully recovered from your facelift before undergoing laser skin resurfacing.


Facelift surgery addresses skin laxity on the face and neck. The procedure is often performed to eliminate the appearance of jowls and other undesirable forms of skin sagging. Once targeted incisions are made, Dr. Hove will reposition skin to deliver more youthful-looking facial features.

Excess skin will be removed as needed. Patients who need minimal alterations may be a candidate for a mini facelift, which can also be combined with non-surgical cosmetic treatments. Dr. Hove has performed hundreds of facelifts.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Your laser skin resurfacing will be performed using a medical laser. The CO2 laser resurfaces your skin to reduce or eliminate the appearance of textural irregularities like scars and other skin blemishes. The laser can be targeted to specific areas of your face. Laser skin resurfacing can be combined with many surgical treatments to deliver more dramatic results.

Schedule Your Facelift and Laser Skin Resurfacing Today

Combining surgical and nonsurgical procedures can deliver dramatic cosmetic results. If you wish to address surface-level blemishes and loose or sagging skin, Dr. Hove can customize a cosmetic treatment plan that leaves you looking several or more years younger.

To schedule your facelift and laser skin resurfacing, please contact our office online or call (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