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It happens to all of us – the signs of aging. Fortunately, you don't have to just accept the changes. 

You can literally erase years from your appearance with facelift surgery. Dr. Christopher Hove specializes in this trusted procedure.

Learn why so many patients turn to our Main Line, PA, practice to restore their youth and confidence.

What Is a Facelift?


A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic procedure that tightens loose facial skin to lend a smoother, more youthful appearance.

Benefits of a Facelift


A facelift, especially when combined with a neck lift, can give you a leaner appearance. If fat gathers on your face and neck, a facelift can help slim your features. Facelifts can help eliminate a double chin, which can in turn make you appear slimmer.

Target Various Signs of Aging

Unlike injectables and dermal fillers that target a specific area of the face, a facelift covers it all. Even with a mini facelift, you can target more signs of aging with one procedure than you can with other facial surgeries.  

Reduce Deep Wrinkles

With noninvasive procedures, deep wrinkles, creases, and sagging skin can't often be fully concealed. A facelift can help reduce these deep signs of aging in a natural-looking way. 

Long-Lasting Results

Your skin will continue to age after receiving a facelift, meaning the results are not permanent. However, the effects typically last around 10 years, making facelift surgery worth the long-term aesthetic benefits.

Virtually Painless

Thanks to local and general anesthesia, the facelift procedure is virtually painless. Patients report that they don't experience excess pain after the procedure. 

Think a Facelift Can Benefit You? Request a Consultation

If you're considering a facelift procedure, there's no practice in the Main Line, PA, area more qualified than Hove Center for Facial Plastic Surgery. Dr. Hove is double board-certified, meaning he stays up-to-date on the latest technological advancements in the facial surgery field to give you a top-of-the-line experience. Dr. Hove opened his first practice in Southern California in 2002 but has always called the Main Line area home. He returned to Pennsylvania and opened his Main Line office in 2008.

A long-time member of the community, Dr. Hove knows his patients like family and treats them as such. Dr. Hove is proud to serve residents in the communities of Overbrook, Merion, Narberth, Wynnewood, Ardmore, Haverford, Bryn Mawr, Wayne, Paoli, and Malvern. If you're considering facelift surgery, call our Paoli office for a consultation:

(610) 647-3727

"Extremely kind and professional" Our Patients Receive Excellent Surgical Care


Hannah G


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Dr. Hove and his team are great! Dr. Hove has incredible credentials and expertise. My results are beautiful. Dr. Hove closely listened to my goals, and my results are exactly what I wanted. His staff is also extremely kind and professional! I highly recommend this practice!

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Biddy P


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Dr. Hove is such a caring, talented facial plastic surgeon. He really listens. Several of my colleagues are his patients and they all agree - his results are the best - natural and enhancing. His team are first rate.

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Why Choose a Facelift?

A facelift is the most effective way to address the hereditary and environmental signs of aging. While non-surgical options like injectables can address these issues to some degree, they can not correct significant age markers like deep wrinkles, jowls, and sagging skin. Each facelift procedure is custom-designed to achieve the most comprehensive and natural-looking rejuvenation possible.
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Hand-drawn illustration by Dr. Hove. As we age, our body produces less collagen and we lose skin elasticity and volume in our face. Over time, the soft tissues of the face will descend, resulting in jowls, sagging skin, and deep wrinkles around the nose and mouth. 

Discover What Patients Have to Say... "I could not have been more delighted with the results"


Laura Lerro


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I've been to Dr. Hove several times and am going back in the next few months. I just want to say that he is an extremely knowledgeable physician. I think the fact that he is an ENT AND facial plastic surgeon--he's so specialized and it shows. He listens very well to exactly what you want done and procedure-wise, is on the conservative side, which I prefer, because we all know w/ some cosmetic procedures, there's no going back! He's also a very kind person, as is his office staff. I have zero hesitation in recommending him.

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Jeanine O'Connor


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Dr. Hove performed a facelift and upper eyelid surgery on me in March, 2019. I could not have been more delighted with the results! So natural and beautiful. He is truly gifted. The staff at the office were wonderful, professional, and always helpful. I am a retired surgical RN so I was quite picky about the surgeon I would choose, and without a doubt, I made the best choice. I have received compliments from retired plastic surgeons, also. I will be getting married next week and Dr. Hove really helped me feel like a beautiful bride!

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While a facelift can address several signs of aging on the face, it cannot correct sagging skin around the neck, brow and forehead area, and eyelids. However, you can combine a rhytidectomy with other surgical techniques like a neck lift, brow lift, or procedure to address sagging eyelids to achieve more comprehensive enhancement.

A Closer Look at the Types of Facelifts

While all our plastic surgeries are custom designed for the patient, our facelift procedures generally fall into the categories of full, mid, or mini. During your consultation at our Main Line practice, we will go over the different techniques and help you decide which procedure is best for you.
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​Mini Facelift

A mini facelift (also known as an S-Lift or short flap lift) is a less extensive version of the traditional procedure that targets the cheeks and area around the nose. The procedure involves a smaller incision and results in a shorter recovery period. Patients with less advanced signs of aging are the best candidates for mini facelifts.

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​Full Facelift

Traditional or full facelift surgery is essentially a mini facelift combined with a neck lift. This allows Dr. Hove to also enhance the lower face and jawline for a uniform and comprehensive enhancement. During the procedure, he will gently lift and remove excess skin. He will also tighten the underlying layer of tissue, known as the subcutaneous musculo-aponeurotic system or SMAS.

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Mid Facelift

A mid-facelift targets sagging in the region between the upper mouth and eyes. Sometimes called a cheek lift, the procedure tightens loose muscles underneath the cheeks and smooths wrinkles around the mouth. While a mid-facelift does not address the forehead or jawline, it is highly effective in restoring youthful definition to the cheekbones and contouring the under-eye area.

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It can be difficult to come to terms with the effects of aging, especially if you begin to look older than you truly feel. While facial plastic surgery is a big step, you can trust Dr. Hove to custom-design a treatment plan that allows you to take pride in your age.

The team at the Hove Center for Facial Plastic Surgery has been trained by experts in the industry and uses the safest, time-honored techniques in the field. Dr. Hove, himself an accomplished artist and former teacher at Stanford University, is widely respected for his consistently natural-looking facelift results.

If you want to learn more about restoring your youthful radiance with cosmetic surgery, schedule a consultation at our Main Line, PA, practice. You can reach us online, or by calling:

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We'll Take Care of You Every Step of the Way Dr. Hove Has Your Best Interests in Mind

"Dr. Hove and his team are incredible. They took such good care of me before, during, and after my procedure. I would recommend this practice to any friend or family member. Lastly, I LOVE my results." Amy Slutzky

The Results Often Depend on the Quality of Surgeon 

If you are considering plastic surgery, especially on your face, the last thing you want to do is go bargain hunting. The quality of your plastic surgeon heavily influences the quality of your results, so it is crucial to work with an experienced and trustworthy professional.

Dr. Hove is a fellowship-trained and double board-certified plastic surgeon, respected nationwide for his high-quality service and natural-looking results.

In fact, the Hove Center for Facial Plastic Surgery was established to fill the need for top-of-the-line cosmetic procedures in the greater Main Line​ region.  

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Take a Look at Real Patient Results

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Before This patient turned to Dr. Hove to correct prominent jowls, wrinkles, and sagging.
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After We combined a full facelift with a CO2 laser peel to reduce wrinkles and tighten the skin.

What to Expect during the Procedure Timeline of a Facelift

Dr. Hove is a fellowship-trained and double board-certified plastic surgeon, respected nationwide for natural-looking results. 
Dr. Hove is a fellowship-trained and double board-certified plastic surgeon, respected nationwide for natural-looking results. 


We will begin your facelift procedure by placing you under anesthesia. Depending on the technique, you may require local anesthesia, general anesthesia, or both.


Dr. Hove will make incisions along the front contour of the ear and within the hairline to help reduce visible scarring. While mini facelifts require less extensive incisions, a full facelift incision will extend behind the ear to the neck.

Tighten and Smooth

Dr. Hove tightens the underlying muscles of the face and re-drapes the skin around the new contours. Excess skin is carefully trimmed away and the treatment area is closed with sutures.

Begin Recovery

Oftentimes, facelift surgeries are outpatient procedures, meaning Dr. Hove will discharge you later that day once the general anesthesia has started to wear off. You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home and provide hands-on assistance, particularly in the first 48 hours following plastic surgery.  

Recovery and Aftercare


After any facelift surgery, we instruct patients to be restful for the first week, while applying ice continually for the first 48 hours to reduce swelling and bruising. Many patients feel like they can return to work and light activity two weeks after surgery.


For traditional facelifts, a bulky gauze pressure dressing is applied for the first 24 hours, then removed and replaced with a lighter elastic dressing for six days. For a mini facelift, only a smaller elastic dressing with gauze is required. 

Pain Management

Pain can range from mild to moderate, with most patients describing that they "look worse than they actually feel." We can prescribe pain medication to help mitigate discomfort for the first few days, after which many patients can switch to just Tylenol. 

Take the First Step toward a Younger-Looking You Set Up a Consultation with Dr. Hove

If you're ready to discuss facelift techniques and whether you're a good candidate for surgery, we encourage you to reach out to Dr. Hove. His Paoli, PA, facial plastic surgery practice has helped many patients on the Main Line achieve their cosmetic goals. Contact our plastic surgery center today or give us a call to set up your visit.

(610) 647-3727

"His work is impeccable" More Praise From Our Patients


Karen Bracken


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I have been a patient of Dr. Hove's for many years now and several of my friends are now patients as well. His work is impeccable and he is a very gentle, caring doctor. He goes out of his way to make sure his patients are comfortable and are not in pain. I highly recommend Dr. Hove if you are considering surgical or non-surgical facial/ear procedures.

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Jay Armand


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We couldn’t have been more pleased with the results. Throughout the entire process Doctor Hove and his staff (especially Nate) treated us like family. Patient, communicative, excellent bedside manner and a skilled surgeon. What a combination. Highly recommend.

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The Leading Facial Plastic Surgeon on the Main Line

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Hove Center for Facial Plastic Surgery provides patients on the Philadelphia Main Line interested in facelift surgery top-class care from our conveniently located office in Paoli, PA. Dr. Hove is proud to serve residents in the communities of Overbrook, Merion, Narberth, Wynnewood, Ardmore, Haverford, Bryn Mawr, Wayne, Paoli, and Malvern. We understand the high standards they expect and can meet and exceed those expectations.

Facelift FAQ

How long will my facelift results last?

In general, the results of a facelift will last about 10 years. While the facial cosmetic surgery will help turn back the clock, it can't stop the aging process. Over time, your skin will change and show signs of age. However, thanks to the lifting and skin tightening of a rhytidectomy, you will still look younger than you would had you not undergone facial rejuvenation surgery.

Will I have visible scars after my facelift?

No. Scarring is a reality after any kind of surgery, but the incisions made during a facelift are well concealed. The same is true of any incisions required for liposuction around the neck, chin, and jowl area. During your consultation with Dr. Hove, he'll discuss incision locations and your medical history with scarring (like whether you've ever experienced a keloid or raised scar in the past) to help prevent aesthetic complications.

What is a good age to get a facelift?

Many people get facelifts in their 40s, 50s, or 60s. During these stages of life, signs of facial aging become the most pronounced. Keep in mind that there's no one right age for a facelift, so it's important to meet with an experienced cosmetic surgeon to find out if you're a good candidate for surgery.

Are fillers and BOTOX better than a facelift?

"Better" is a subjective word. It really depends on the goals of the patient. Some patients may find non-surgical options like BOTOX® Cosmetic or injectables fillers better for their needs since there is no surgical downtime, but other patients may appreciate the longer-lasting and more pronounced results of a facelift. Keep in mind that while fillers can restore some degree of lost volume, like plump sunken cheeks, injectable treatments cannot tighten loose skin. We can review your treatment options during a consultation.

Do You Still Have Questions About Facelifts?

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"If you consult with Dr. Hove, it will be immediately apparent how compassionate he is in listening to concerns and then providing guidance while welcoming your input. His background and experience speak for themselves." Joey Blast
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Leaders in Facial Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Christopher R. Hove uses his refined skills and artistic touch to create exceptional results through facial plastic surgery. Specializing exclusively in facial procedures, Dr. Hove provides cosmetic and reconstructive surgery as well as nonsurgical enhancements. Dr. Hove is a member of:

  • American College of Surgeons
  • California Society of Facial Plastic Surgery
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
  • American Board of Otolaryngology

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Hove at our Paoli, PA, office by contacting us online or by calling (610) 647-3727.

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