Meet Dr. Rival
As one of the leading facial plastic surgeons in Toronto and throughout Canada, Dr. Richard Rival is passionate about this highly specialized field. His advanced training and knowledge of facial anatomy and aging enable him to create extraordinary results that improve patients’ appearances while looking natural. A double board-certified facial plastic surgeon with roots in Toronto, Dr. Rival has also completed international training.
A Focus on the Face
Unlike many plastic surgeons who perform procedures for the face, breasts, and body, Dr. Rival limits his practice exclusively to the face and neck. Certified in both facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and otolaryngology (head and neck), Dr. Rival’s understanding of both the aesthetic aspects of the face as well as the anatomical structures beneath the skin make him the top choice for many facial plastic and cosmetic surgery patients throughout Ontario.
During his education and subsequent training, Dr. Rival studied under some of North America’s preeminent leaders in rhinoplasty and facial plastic surgery, further solidifying his position as one of Canada’s top choices for aesthetic or functional improvements of the face. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Rival is on the teaching faculty at the University of Toronto. He holds staff positions at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket. He is also chief of the Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Southlake.
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.
In addition to his double board certification, Dr. Rival is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He is also the President of the Canadian Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. For more about what these credentials mean, visit our Choosing a Plastic Surgeon page.
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. Experts in the fields of rhinology (nasal surgery), general plastic surgery, and facial plastic surgery mentored Dr. Rival during this training.
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.
Patients who choose Dr. Rival consistently voice their satisfaction with not only the results of their procedures but the positive experience they enjoy throughout their relationship with our practice. Online reviews describe Dr. Rival’s empathy, kindness, and professionalism throughout all stages of the surgical process—and his remarkable skills are evident in their attractive results.
His extensive studies and practical experience have afforded Dr. Rival the opportunity to work with patients from all walks of life. He understands that their lifestyles and aesthetic goals are just as unique as their faces. He strives to create the surgical results patients want, that harmonize with their natural features without sacrificing their safety or well-being. Dr. Rival values each patient as an individual and knows that patient satisfaction is the cornerstone of his success.
Dr. Rival holds several professional memberships and affiliations that reflect his esteem as a facial plastic surgeon 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.
If you would like to meet with Dr. Rival, request a consultation online or call us toll-free at (866) 229-3223. He serves patients in his 2 facial plastic surgery offices conveniently located in the Toronto area.