What is a facelift?

A facelift (rhytidectomy) is considered the gold standard when it comes to facial rejuvenation, as it delivers long-lasting, dramatic changes that can rewind the clock on aging by as much as 5-10 years. The surgery addresses the lower region of the face, correcting concerns such as sagging cheeks and jowls, a drooping jawline, and nasolabial folds. Incisions are well-hidden within the folds behind the ears and the hairline. Dr. Brace utilizes advanced, conservative techniques to produce nuanced changes that look natural and elegant.

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Types of Facelifts

Dr. Brace is exclusively focused on facial procedures and has a variety of cutting-edge techniques at his disposal. He will choose the best approach for your unique contours, comfort levels, and cosmetic goals.


In the past, facelift surgery had a reputation for results that made patients look like “deer in the headlights” due to outdated techniques that merely pulled the skin superficially. Today, a SMAS facelift addresses the deeper superficial musculoaponeurotic system as well as the outermost layer of skin, resulting in a more natural look that is flattering and elegant.

Revision facelift

Revision surgery typically requires a greater degree of artistry and precision to correct complications or problems related to the initial procedure. Dr. Brace, a double-board-certified aesthetic expert, specializes in cutting-edge revision techniques that can beautifully restore your appearance and peace of mind.

Deep plane facelifts

This is Dr. Brace’s preferred facelift technique because it leads to the most profound and natural-looking improvements, including the correction of nasolabial folds. With this approach, Dr. Brace will release the facial ligaments, permitting him to reposition the SMAS layers, muscles, skin, and fat pads holistically rather than piecemeal.

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What are the benefits of a facelift?

  • Techniques are highly customized to the individual
  • Slows down the aging process
  • Enhances youthfulness and vitality
  • Improves self-esteem
  • Corrects signs of aging in the lower face
  • Results can last a decade or more
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Facelift recovery

Downtime after facelift surgery varies based on the techniques Dr. Brace uses, the extent of the changes performed, your ability to follow postoperative instructions, and your own natural healing process. In general, patients can expect to be ready for social events within about 2 weeks. Some will need more time, however, if they require a higher level of discretion. Dr. Brace will provide you with a detailed aftercare roadmap and prescription pain medications to ensure your comfort. Scarring will usually fade within a few months after surgery, with incisions becoming inconspicuous, even for those with short hairstyles.

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Why Choose Guelph Facial Plastics in London?

Dr. Brace has dedicated his career to rejuvenation of the face and neck, fine-tuning his techniques through extensive training and years of experience. As a double-board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Brace delivers nuanced, natural-looking improvements that are carefully tailored to each patient’s wishes.

After completing his residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Dr. Brace continued his educational journey with an elite Fellowship focused on craniofacial trauma, facial burns, facial skin cancer, and facial paralysis, among other specializations. During this time he was honored with the prestigious Jack Anderson Award at the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Annual Meeting in Nashville for achieving the highest marks in both written and oral examinations.

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