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Christopher Hove, MD

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Facelift Surgery

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 Philadelphia, PA, practice to restore their youth and confidence...

Why Choose a Facelift?

A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is the most effective way to address the hereditary and environmental signs of aging. While non-surgical options like injectables can to some degree, they will not correct significant age markers like deep wrinkles and sagging skin. Each facelift procedure is custom-designed to achieve the most comprehensive and natural-looking rejuvenation possible. 
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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. 

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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 Standford 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 free consultation at our Philadelphia, PA, practice. You can reach us online, or by calling:

(610) 647-3727

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

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Hannah G

2021

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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. My friends who had the same procedure done before me with other doctors in New York City wished they had gone to Dr. Hove after seeing my results. He was there throughout the entire process to address any concerns and to ensure that I was comfortable. His staff is also extremely kind and professional! I highly recommend this practice!

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Jeanine O'Connor

2019

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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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Limitations

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 Philadelphia 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.

How Much Does a Facelift Cost?

The cost of a facelift can vary greatly, depending on the treatment plan designed for an individual patient. Our full facelifts range from $5,000-$10,000 total, while less invasive approaches (such as a mini facelift, S-lift, or Lifestyle lift), can range from $3,000-$6,000 total. Additional procedures such as neck lifts and brow lifts will also add to the final price. If you are concerned about the cost of surgery, our Philadelphia practice offers financing through CareCredit®, allowing you to make affordable monthly payments.

The Results Often Depend on the Quality of Surgeon 

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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 Philadelphia region.  

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.
After facelift
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. 

Anesthesia

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

Incisions

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 stitches or 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.  
"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

Recovery and Aftercare

Rest 

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. 

Bandages

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.  

Christopher R. Hove, M.D.

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

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