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Coronavirus Update

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

Facelift Surgery Can Dramatically Improve Your Appearance

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Facelift surgery can address facial sagging and wrinkles to drastically rejuvenate your appearance. Dr. Hove is focused on helping patients achieve the dramatically younger-looking appearance they desire while creating natural-looking results that enhance their features. He provides several techniques for a procedure that is customized to your needs.

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There are many different types of facelifts and many have also very catchy names. However, they all boil down to one critical piece of information. There's one specific layer in the skin called the superficial muscular aponeurotic system, otherwise known as the SMAS. Tightening and elevating that layer is critical to getting a long-term, achievable, and replicable and appealing result. What we refer to as a traditional facelift actually gets its root back in the 1970s. It wasn't perfected until then. How it's performed is creating an incision along the hairline and then burying it basically right in front of the ear, following the front of the ear to the earlobe crease and then hiding it along the backside of the ear and into the hair. And what we do is we lift the skin, we find that deeper layer and we tighten that, pulling it backward and upward. This will suspend the tissue in the neck, the tissue in the face and rejuvenate the jawline and create a more youthful appearance in the neck. A mini facelift has also been around for the same length of time. And really what it is, is the front end of a traditional facelift. Its strength is to re-create and rejuvenate the jawline, re-suspend the cheek. Not all patients are candidates for a mini facelift. A thorough, in-depth analysis of your facial structure is imperative before we begin with that type of procedure.

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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