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Facelift Surgery

Visible signs of aging, such as wrinkles and sagging skin, can make you feel self-conscious about how you look.

A facelift can give you a rested and more youthful appearance, making you look 10 to 15 years younger.

At Dr. Peter Brownrigg's practice in Ottawa, ON, K1Z 8R9, he is skilled in performing advanced facelift techniques.

4 Reasons to Choose Dr. Brownrigg for Your Facelift Surgery

1. Great Results Facelift Before and After Photos

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Before Facelift Surgery
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After Facelift Surgery

3. Positive Patient Reviews Watch a Facelift Testimonial From a Patient

Our patient, Debbie Sears, describes what attracted her to Dr. Peter Brownrigg's facial plastic surgery and how she felt like a family member amongst our caring team.

4. Use of the ARTISS Sealant

The ARTISS® sealant is a product made by Baxter Healthcare. It minimizes swelling and bruising in face and neck surgery. For you, use of the ARTISS sealant means a faster and more comfortable recovery, with fewer healing problems.

Patients Want to Know Facelift Costs and Paying for Surgery

Facelift surgery is a highly personalized procedure. As such, each patient’s cost can vary significantly, especially if you opt to combine your procedure with another treatment, like a neck lift. During your consultation at our practice, you can discuss your goals and needs with us to determine your facelift cost.

Financing and Credit Cards

Because cosmetic procedures are not covered by insurance, many patients work with third-party lenders to pay for their surgery in installments on a schedule that works for them. Many third-party lenders offer flexible repayment terms and low interest rates that make surgery affordable. Our Ottawa practice also accepts all major credit cards if your existing line of credit offers better interest rates than those offered by third-party lenders.

5-Star Reviews of Dr. Brownrigg


Isabelle Boileau


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I can't speak highly enough for Dr. Brownrigg and my own personal experience with him, his staff and my results. It has only been 4 months and I am EXTREMELY HAPPY with the results thus far! I would definitely recommend him! Thank you Dr.Brownrigg!

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Mike B


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Not only is Dr. Brownrigg professional and talented, he knows how to make you feel comfortable with his humorous bedside manner. At the end of the day, his talent is all that matters and he did the job perfectly.

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Schedule a Consultation

Are you unhappy about the appearance of wrinkles or jowls? A facelift is a popular and proven way to address these issues. And because he focuses on facial cosmetic surgery, Dr. Brownrigg can provide you with natural-looking results using the latest techniques.

Ready to rejuvenate your appearance? Contact us online to ask a question or request a consultation. You can also reach our Ottawa, Ontario, practice by phone:

(613) 724-1214

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What Is a Facelift?

A facelift (formally known as rhytidectomy) is designed to remove excess skin, tighten the underlying muscles, and reduce signs of aging. There are many types of facelift techniques available, and our plastic surgeon will design your particular procedure to address your unique concerns.

Dr. Brownrigg Explains Full Facelifts And How to Find the Best Plastic Surgeon for the Job

Dr. Brownrigg believes that all patients deserve a doctor that they can trust to perform their facelift surgery. This allows for more comfort and confidence throughout the process.

Why Get a Facelift?

Address Signs of Aging

Excess skin and wrinkles can make you look tired or heavier than you are. A facelift can target these obvious signs of aging for a more youthful appearance.

Improve Your Facial Contours

During a facelift, Dr. Brownrigg can tighten facial muscles to restore the natural contours of your face, such as the cheekbones and jawline.

Boost Your Self-Confidence

A facelift can help you look younger, healthier, and more rested. In turn, these enhancements can improve your self-esteem and quality of life.

"I hope my patients feel that we empathize with them and understand them. Sometimes it's more important to listen to people rather than to cut them off and tell them what they need. I want to understand what it is that they perceive as the problem." Dr. Brownrigg

A Plastic Surgery Practice With a Patient-Centered Approach

Each patient — and each facelift — is completely unique. At our Ottawa practice, Dr. Brownrigg recognizes the importance of empathy and understanding. He will never try to sell you on a procedure. Instead, after listening to what you have to say, he will transparently guide you through the surgical and non-surgical options.

When combined with other treatments, like a neck lift or eyelid surgery, your facelift surgery can have even more dramatic results. Of course, if you are not a candidate for those procedures, Dr. Brownrigg will patiently explain why.

Dr. Brownrigg is not only a provider of cosmetic treatments and plastic surgery, but also a mentor. He proudly teaches the next generation of cosmetic surgery professionals at The University of Ottawa, where he is an assistant professor.

To learn more about our plastic surgeon's approach, contact our welcoming office team or call

(613) 724-1214

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Dr. Brownrigg’s top priority is to ensure that patients have safe treatment that they can be fully confident in.

"Commitment resonates throughout Dr. Brownrigg’s practice." What Ottawa Says About Our Cosmetic Surgery Team


Sheila Mackintosh


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I highly recommend Dr.Brownrigg! My entire experience with Dr.Brownrigg & his staff went above and beyond.

I had a lower face lift and I am cannot be more excited with the results.

Thank you Dr.Brownrigg & Julia for making my experience a pleasurable one.

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Debbie Sears

July 17, 20XX

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I am so impressed with Dr. Peter Brownrigg and his staff!! Beyond giving me incredible results, which alone is something we want from a surgeon, Dr. Brownrigg is sincere, honest, genuine and trustworthy, all in addition to being a truly skilled and gifted professional. Dr. Brownrigg’s frankness and refusal to do a procedure affirm that he is devoted to his Clients – our results are paramount. This level of commitment resonates throughout Dr. Brownrigg’s practice.

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Types of Facelift

Dr. Brownrigg will work closely with you to tailor the procedure to suit your unique goals. To restore a youthful appearance to the face and neck, we offer a variety of facelift techniques.

MACS Rhytidectomy

This technique utilizes a short scar technique that extends the scar behind the ear and gives a better rejuvenating vector of lift. This gives a more natural-looking facelift. The use of ARTISS sealant with this technique dramatically reduces the postoperative healing period with much less bruising and swelling.

Dr. Brownrigg has worked in Europe with Drs. Tonnard and Verpaele, the developers of this technique.

SMAS Facelift

As our understanding of the underlying structures of the face and neck improves, so do techniques to correct signs of aging in these structures. The SMAS facelift is one such innovation that gives a lasting, natural lift to the face and jawline.

Traditional vs. SMAS Facelift

Traditionally, a facelift was performed by lifting and tightening the superficial layer of skin. This method sometimes resulted in a “pulled” look and didn’t correct the drooping of the face’s underlying structure, only the skin. An SMAS facelift, however, improves all three layers of the face: the superficial skin layer, the underlying layer of fat, and the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (from which the SMAS facelift gets its name).

In an SMAS facelift, tension is restored to more than just the skin. The procedure yields a more natural look without the pulled appearance of classical facelifts. It is especially effective in giving a lasting lift to the chin and jawline.

Benefits of the SMAS Technique

  • With this technique, the incision is often placed inside the ear canal rather than in front of the ear, as with older techniques.
  • Furthermore, this advanced technique causes fewer problems with bleeding, bruising, and scar formation.
  • To make healing even more quick and painless, Dr. Brownrigg uses the ARTISS sealant to complete the SMAS facelift procedure.

Combining Treatments

Facelift surgery is commonly chosen by our Ontario patients to minimize the aging process. It can also address excess skin for a more defined appearance.

Although a facelift is effective at targeting issues affecting the lower and middle third of the face, it is not designed to address concerns on the upper face or neck. If drooping eyelids are blocking your field of vision, or if excess tissue on your neck is making you look aged and overweight, Dr. Brownrigg can combine your facelift with other procedures such as eyelid surgery, brow lift, or a neck lift.

We also offer non-surgical treatments, such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers, to maintain your facelift results.

Contact Our Practice

To find out which procedures are right for you, contact us online to send a message or request a consultation. You can also reach us in Ottawa by phone:

Preparing for Surgery

We will provide a full list of preoperative instructions to ensure that you feel informed prior to your surgery. In preparation for your facelift, our plastic surgeon may ask you to:

  • Stop smoking: Smoking makes it more difficult to heal and can increase the risk of complications during your surgery.
  • Pause certain medications: If you are taking blood thinners, you may be asked to stop taking the medication, as it can increase bleeding during your procedure.
  • Fast: Dr. Brownrigg will typically ask you to fast the night before your procedure so that the anesthesia can take full effect.
  • Driving arrangements: Because this procedure is performed under anesthesia, you will also need someone to drive you home after the treatment.

What to Expect During Facelift Surgery

Before recommending a facelift, Dr. Brownrigg will sit down with you at our Ottawa, Ontario, practice to discuss your goals, concerns, and budget. Based on this information, he can plan your surgery to give you the best results possible. 

In some cases, Dr. Brownrigg will use ARTISS sealant to reduce postoperative bruising and swelling.
In some cases, Dr. Brownrigg will use ARTISS sealant to reduce postoperative bruising and swelling.


Before beginning surgery, our team will administer general anesthesia to ensure that you are comfortable throughout the procedure.
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Dr. Brownrigg will create incisions in a discreet location, such as behind the ears or around the earlobe.
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Dr. Brownrigg will tighten underlying muscles and loose skin before removing excess tissue.
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Closing the Incisions

Once your procedure is complete, Dr. Brownrigg will close the incisions. In some cases, he will use ARTISS sealant to reduce postoperative bruising and swelling.
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Additional Procedures

If you choose to undergo additional procedures, such as eyelid surgery, brow lift, or neck lift, these will be incorporated into your surgical plan.

"I can’t say enough about Dr. Brownrigg." Glowing Reviews From Satisfied Patients


Brian Doyle


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I have had several procedures done by Dr. Brownrigg over the last few years. Everything has exceeded expectations. Dr. Brownrigg always demonstrates true professionalism and provides excellent service.

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Elise Harding


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I can’t say enough about Dr. Brownrigg. He’s courteous, professional and always has his patients best interests in mind. I highly recommend him and his amazing staff!

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The Facelift Recovery Timeline

Our team will provide you with detailed instructions for what to do while recovering from your facelift procedure. Recovery typically spans several weeks.
Recovery typically spans several weeks.
Recovery typically spans several weeks.

First Few Days

Dr. Brownrigg will place bandages and prescribe medications to take during this time. Most patients return home immediately after surgery, but you will need to attend follow-up appointments so we can monitor your recovery.

10 to 14 Days

Bruising, discomfort, and swelling will begin to subside, and most patients can return to work and most normal activities.

One Month

Besides some tightness and swelling, you will start seeing the results of your surgery. You can also return to your normal exercise routine.

Two to Three Months

It can take two or three months before you feel completely normal again. Make sure to use sun protection and follow all instructions as closely as possible as you recover. Most patients are able to see great results by three months after surgery.

3 Ways to Maintain Your Results

Don't Smoke

In addition to increasing your risk of complications during and after surgery, smoking prematurely ages the skin and can dramatically affect your results.

Avoid Sun Exposure

To avoid sun damage, wear plenty of sunscreen or a wide-brimmed hat when spending time outdoors.

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Dr. Brownrigg in Ottawa can help you look rested and rejuvenated for many years to come with minimally invasive, non-surgical cosmetic treatments.
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Dr. Peter Brownrigg

Dr. Brownrigg has focused on facial plastic surgery since 1984. He is affiliated with a range of prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery
  • Canadian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • Board Certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery
  • Has acted as the Canadian Region Vice President of the American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery
  • Has acted as the treasurer and president of the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Canadian Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Ontario Medical Association

For more information about the services we offer, contact our office online or call (613) 724-1214 today.

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Dr. Brownrigg has been focusing exclusively on facial plastic surgery since 1984!