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About Dr. Richard Rival

Dr. RivalWith board certifications in both otolaryngology and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Richard Rival, a facial plastic surgeon based in Toronto, has the knowledge and experience necessary to reshape, rejuvenate, or reinvigorate your face or neck, creating safe, natural-looking results that you can enjoy for years.

If you would like to meet with Dr. Rival, request a consultation online or call us toll-free at 1-866-229-FACE (3223). He serves patients in his 3 conveniently located Toronto-area facial plastic surgery offices.

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Practice Philosophy

Dr. Rival limits his practice exclusively to the face and neck. He is well-known for his work in rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty cases, and he offers computer imaging to help patients visualize their potential outcomes.

Dr. Rival has lectured both nationally and internationally on rhinoplasty. He has served as co-director of an annual instructional course in Toronto for other surgeons with a focus on rhinoplasty. This has attracted surgeons from across Canada and the United States.

His philosophy is always to create natural-looking results without leaving signs of surgery. Learn more about what makes Dr. Rival different from other surgeons in Toronto.

Education & Training

Dr. Rival graduated with honours from the University of Toronto Medical School in 1989. He then completed a 6-year surgical training program in otolaryngology — head and neck surgery at the University of California in Los Angeles and the University of Toronto. These centers are considered to be among the best in the world for head and neck surgery as well as facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. During this training, he was led by experts in the fields of rhinology (nasal surgery), general plastic surgery, and facial plastic surgery.

Dr. Rival also completed a year of research in craniofacial surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children. He then traveled internationally to gain further expertise in rhinoplasty and other forms of facial plastic surgery.

Professional Memberships

Dr. Rival holds several professional memberships and affiliations that reflect his knowledge in facial plastic surgery in Toronto and throughout the world, including 2 board certifications. They include:

  • Certification by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Certification by the American Board of Otolaryngology
  • Fellow of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Chief of the Division of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery at Southlake Regional Health Center

The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, or ABFPRS, is the only certification organization in North America that examines physicians exclusively in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery of the face and neck. This certification process is rigorous and requires surgeons to have extensive training and experience in facial plastic surgery in order to be eligible to sit for the exam. Surgeons must have performed at least 100 plastic surgery procedures on their own in order to qualify for the exam.

In addition to his professional accolades, Dr. Rival is frequently consulted by the media and has been rated as one of Canada's top facial surgeons by FASHION Magazine.

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