Hint: it’s nothing to do with the synthetic polymer.

Like most words in the English language, plastic surgery was derived from a Greek term: plastikos. Plastikos means to mould or shape something and therefore has nothing to do with the modern day plastic that most of us think of.

Nearly 200 years ago, German doctor Carl Ferdinand von Graefe coined the term “plastic surgery” to describe the reshaping of body tissue.

plas·tic sur·ger·y


A surgical specialty that is dedicated to the reconstruction of facial and body defects due to birth disorders, trauma, burns, and disease.

cos-met-ic sur-ger-y


Involving or relating to treatment intended to restore or improve a person’s appearance. 

These terms are often interchanged despite their different meanings and purposes. Cosmetic surgery focuses on appearance while plastic surgery focuses on correcting defects and functionality.

In World Wars I and II, the term plastic surgery or reconstructive surgery was used to describe the surgery soldiers required due to burns, missing limbs and facial reconstruction. Once doctors perfected the technique to reconstruct trauma defects, a whole new world of perfecting the human body opened up. Today, when most people think of plastic surgery they immediately think of nose jobs, breast augmentations or the Kardashians.

The following are treatments categorized into plastic and cosmetic surgery by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, a trusted source. Dr. Brace scored the highest mark when completing the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery examination and finished first among all surgeons on the Certifying Examination—the examination that sets the bar for facial plastic surgeons around the world. For this, he earned the prestigious Jack R. Anderson Award for Scholastic Excellence.

Plastic Surgery Treatments:

  • Blepharoplasty (Surgery of the Eyelids)
  • Facial Scar Revision
  • Mentoplasty (Surgery of the Chin)
  • Otoplasty (Surgery of the Ears)
  • Rhinoplasty (Surgery of the Nose)
  • Rhytidectomy (Surgery of the Face)

Cosmetic Surgery Treatments:

  • Facial Contouring (Chin or Cheek Enhancement)
  • Facial Rejuvenation (Facelift, Eyelid Lift, Neck Lift, Brow Lift)
  • Skin Rejuvenation (Laser Resurfacing, Botox®, Filler Treatments)

At Guelph Facial Plastics, the goal is never to make our patients look unnatural or plastic. Dr. Brace and his team aim to help patients feel confident in their skin by making subtle changes with expert technique. To learn more about Dr. Brace’s expertise and training as a head and neck surgeon and facial plastic surgery, click here.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients,

All in-office treatments, procedures, and appointments have resumed. At Guelph Facial Plastics we are committed to protecting the safety of our patients, staff, and the general public while maintaining our high standard of quality care. As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the following changes to our patient care practices in accordance with all provincial and Public Health recommendations:

  • We will be pre-screening all patients that are scheduled to come into our office. We will ask patients to stay home with symptoms of COVID-19, chronic lung disease, severe asthma, serious heart conditions, and uncontrolled type 1 diabetes.
  • The timing of patient visits has been adjusted in order to limit the number of people in the office at a given time and to allow for enhanced disinfecting and cleaning protocols we have put in place in between patients. We have also enhanced the air filtration quality in our space to provide patients with surgically clean air.
  • You must call from your vehicle upon arrival before entering the clinic. We request that patients come on their own to all appointments unless absolutely necessary. For your safety, all of our staff will be wearing masks when interacting with patients in the office and routine hand-washing is required.
  • We request that you wear a mask. Hand sanitation stations will be available upon entering and throughout the office.
  • We are pleased to continue to offer virtual visits as an option for non-urgent appointments.
  • Cosmetic surgery has not resumed at Guelph General Hospital, however, we are pleased to offer our patients the option of undergoing surgery at a Clinic 360 - a fully-equipped private surgical center.

We look forward to continuing to help our patients look and feel their best! We encourage you to reach out to our office now to schedule your appointment.

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