Dr. Younger

Dr. Younger

Leading Vancouver Facial Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Ritchie Younger — Facial Plastic Surgeon in Vancouver

Skill, integrity, and honesty

Dr. Ritchie A. L. Younger is one of the leading facial plastic surgeons in Canada. He is well known for his high ethical standards and professional skills in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.


With over 30 years of experience, Dr. Younger’s expertise and accomplishments include several surgical proprietary methods that he pioneered himself. This has made him an in-demand lecturer at prominent industry conferences where he shares the techniques he’s invented and honed.

Dr. Younger also has a discriminating eye for beauty and proportions. From rhinoplasty to facelifts and cancer reconstructions, Dr. Younger uses his refined surgical skill and sound judgment to perform operations that enhance what’s already there. The result is a more refined and balanced yet natural appearance and thousands of happy, satisfied patients.


At the Younger Facial Surgery Centre, we never perform procedures that we feel are unnecessary. As an example, only one out of three patients is a candidate for a facelift, while the others are advised to wait and are given very effective nonsurgical alternatives. Dr. Younger works closely with patients to understand their needs and goals, and advises accordingly. He always performs a thorough assessment of your mental and physical readiness for facial surgery.


As a surgeon, Dr. Younger takes pride in up-front, open honest patient communications. He doesn’t over promise or oversell; Dr. Younger speaks frankly with everyone who walks through the clinic doors. Because he sets realistic expectations, patients can make informed decisions about their surgery needs.

Dr. Younger talks about board qualifications and choosing a surgeon with the right certification

Dr. Younger’s Education and Industry Credentials

  • Board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
  • Board-certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Dr. Younger graduated from the University of Alberta’s Medical School with 1st class standing in 1979. He then interned at the Holy Cross Hospital in Calgary and did his general surgery training in Edmonton, followed by a head and neck surgery residency in Vancouver at the University of British Columbia.

He completed his Canadian facial plastic and reconstructive surgery specialty training in Switzerland, followed by fellowship training as a clinical instructor in Facial Cosmetic Surgery at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

Dr. Younger has successfully completed the Canadian Board exams in head and neck surgery, the American Board exams in both head and neck surgery and facial plastic surgery. He served as a Director of Facial Plastic Surgery at the University of British Columbia for 15 years. Currently, Dr. Younger is the only facial plastic surgeon in Vancouver who also is a Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Younger is board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Dr. Younger talks about board certification and how a surgeon becomes board certified

Dr. Younger as an Academic and Educator

Dr. Younger is a frequent lecturer and course instructor throughout North America on facial plastic and cosmetic surgery topics and has served not only as Vice President of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery but also as a Board Examiner for the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery.

Numerous scientific journal publications, book chapters, and medical meeting presentations round out his academic career, serving as a basis for honesty and integrity while assessing potential patients for facial plastic surgery through the Younger Facial Surgery Centre.


New Service: Virtual Pre-Consultation with Dr. Younger

Dr. Younger sees patients from northern BC, other provinces in Canada and to some extent, overseas. Please note that we have a new service to accommodate out-of-town patients who want to get a first pre-consultation with Dr. Younger, to discuss a potential procedure. This service will save you a trip to Vancouver but does not replace a consultation visit. The latter is required for a detailed clinical assessment of your face to see if you make a good candidate for certain procedures.

The pre-consultation takes place over Zoom (or similar app) and will allow you to have first initial discussion about the goals you want to accomplish. Having a visual interface will also allow the doctor to have a quick view on what it is you want to change about your appearance. During the Zoom session, you can ask questions and get expert feedback, thereby making a more informed decision about whether or not you want to travel to Vancouver, BC, to see Dr. Younger.

The Zoom session has a maximum limit of 30 minutes and is booked by email (info@youngerface.com) or by calling the office (604-738-3223). A fee will apply for the pre-consultation. If you book surgery, this fee will go towards the price of the surgery. Please contact our office for information about pricing about potential time and date.

Please note that we do not see American clients, since the BC College of Physicians will not insure any treating physicians in BC for treating patients from the US.

Book a consultation with Dr. Younger

As Vancouver’s leading facial plastic surgery expert, Dr. Younger has been expertly helping thousands of happy patients look their best. Book a consultation to see what he can do for you.

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