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
The aging process can unfortunately lead to sagging eyelids, which can make a person appear older than they are. The eyelids tend to be thinner than other facial features, so they are often one of the first areas of the face to show signs of aging. To remove excess skin and fat around the eyelids, Dr. Christopher R. Hove can perform eyelid surgery.
Many of our Philadelphia, PA, patients seek eyelid surgery to address a common physical feature called hooded eyes. Individuals with hooded eyes have extra skin that folds down from the brow bone and covers the upper eyelid. People with this facial feature appear to have small or hidden upper eyelids.
Upper eyelid surgery is a straightforward procedure that can remove unwanted folds of skin that obscure your vision and make you appear aged and tired. Many of our Philadelphia patients describe the cosmetic results as life-changing. Since the appearance of our eyes is closely tied with our perceived age, eyelid surgery for hooded eyes can leave you looking many years younger.
Before your cosmetic procedure is scheduled, Dr. Hove will need to determine that you are a good candidate for upper eyelid blepharoplasty. Most patients who have excess skin over their upper eyelids are good candidates for upper eyelid surgery.
Some candidates may benefit from combining upper and lower eyelid surgery. Dr. Hove will always recommend a conservative course of action that still helps you reach your personal goals.
Candidates should be in good overall health, non-smokers, and free of any eye conditions that could complicate surgery or recovery. Patients can seek the eyelid surgery for cosmetic or functional reasons.
Patients sometimes come with preconceived fears of surgical complications. Board-certified plastic surgeons like Dr. Hove are well versed in every aspect of blepharoplasty. Steps will be taken to ensure that conservative amounts of tissue are removed.
As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks involved, such as post-operative infection. However, following the appropriate guidelines will help reduce these risks and promote a successful recovery.
Fees range from $1900-2500 for either the upper or lower eyelids. Sedation or general anesthesia can add another $1500 to your total treatment cost.
After local anesthesia is used to numb the upper eyelid skin, Dr. Hove will make an incision that will be hidden in the natural crease from one corner of the eyelid to the other. Then, loose hanging skin and soft tissue will be removed as needed. Sutures will be used to close the incision, and then the process will be repeated on the opposite side.
Cold compresses will be important during the first two days after surgery to limit swelling and bruising. Most patients describe any post-surgery discomfort as minimal. Your eyes may feel heavy or fatigued during recovery. Most patients find that swelling settles by the end of the first week after surgery. You can typically resume normal activities by then.
If sagging or droopy eyelids are obscuring your vision or affecting your appearance and self-confidence, eyelid surgery can drastically improve these issues. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation at our practice, contact us online or call our office at (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.