We missed you! As of June 1 2020, we will be reopening the doors of the CCCPB surgical center and the MedicSPA.




Dr. Berbari and her team prioritize patient and staff safety. Please familiarize yourself with these new procedures:


          Services will gradually resume from June 1 2020, respecting the social distancing guidelines issued by Public Health.


          Long-term follow-ups will resume as of June 22 2020 and will be carried out by telemedicine. Appointments will be given after July 6 2020 as needed.





           We have extended the time slots (fewer appointments per day) to give our employees time to disinfect the rooms between each patient.

           According to the above policies and dates, the contactless payment method will be favoured when making an appointment. Our staff will take your credit card number and the receipt will be emailed to you.

           You will then be invited to answer a COVID-19 questionnaire when booking the appointment (whether it is by email or by phone).

           N.B. follow-up appointments: we will contact you for follow-ups, as visits are now restricted to avoid contamination.



           Please show up on time out of respect for other patients.

           Once you arrive in the clinic parking lot, please announce your arrival by phone (819-243-7667).

           A member of our team will welcome you in the doorway for an evaluation (questionnaire, temperature, mask, hydro alcoholic gel).

           N.B .: Only patients will have access to the clinic, anyone else must remain in the parking lot.



          You will be taken directly to the treatment room.

          We opened door A for the aesthetic care (laser, radiofrequency, PRP etc.) of the MedicSPA and door B for surgery appointments and injections.

          After the appointment, you will be accompanied to the exit by a member of the team.


An explanatory video will be available on social media (@medicspa.gatineau on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM) and the website (drpatriciaberbari.com) on May 29 2020, to summarize these new procedures.


When interacting with our staff, understand that they have received strict directives, we ask you to respect them for your safety.

Abdominal Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck: Which Is Right for You? By Patricia Berbari on September 02, 2016

A woman's flat, contoured abdomenMajor weight loss, pregnancy, and the aging process can leave the stomach droopy, despite a good diet and exercise routine. Body contouring treatments can address loose skin and troublesome deposits of fat when diet and exercise are no longer enough. Patients who wish to achieve a toned, flat stomach often turn to abdominal liposuction and tummy tuck surgery. Both are highly effective at improving the definition of the abdomen, but they provide different results. To learn more about the differences between abdominal liposuction versus tummy tuck, schedule a consultation with Gatineau, QC plastic surgeon Patricia Berbari. 

What Is Abdominal Liposuction?

Liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure used to remove stubborn areas of fat from different areas of the body, such as the thighs, neck, back, and abdomen, particularly when diet and exercise no longer provide the desired results. When performed on the abdomen, liposuction can help target fatty deposits to reveal a flat, contoured stomach. Although abdominal liposuction can help patients achieve a smooth, slender stomach, it cannot address loose, hanging skin.

The Abdominal Liposuction Procedure and Recovery

The liposuction procedure is performed with the patient under sedation or general anesthesia. When used to target trouble spots on the abdomen, small incisions are made in the treatment area. Next, a saline solution with anesthetic and epinephrine (to reduce bleeding) are injected into the treatment area. This solution helps facilitate the removal of fat from the body using a special suction tool, called a cannula. Once sufficient fat is removed and the desired contours are achieved, the incisions can be closed to complete the procedure.

Patients may feel relatively recovered within a week after treatment, but it may take longer depending on how much fat was removed along with the size of the treated area. Patients will need to wear a compression garment for about six weeks after treatment to help reduce swelling and allow the tissues to become accustomed to their new contours.

What Is a Tummy Tuck?

Tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, is a procedure used to create a slender, contoured abdomen, tighten the abdominal muscles, and eliminate loose skin. There are different types of tummy tuck procedures, including the mini tummy tuck, traditional tummy tuck, and extended tummy tuck, to address varying degrees of loose skin. It's also not uncommon to combine abdominal liposuction with tummy tuck surgery to achieve enhanced contouring results.

The Tummy Tuck Procedure and Recovery

The tummy tuck procedure and recovery time will vary based on which method is being used. The mini tummy tuck targets the lower abdomen and incisions are made below the navel. The traditional tummy tuck procedure is used to contour the upper and lower abdomen. Incisions may be made below and above the navel. The extended tummy tuck is the most invasive and is used to remove loose skin and excess fat from the abdomen, flank areas, lower back, and upper hip. With each type of tummy tuck, strategic incisions are made where tissues are pulled tight and the excess is removed. 

Recovery after a mini tummy tuck is generally faster than both the traditional and extended methods, and many patients are recovered enough to return to light activity about a week after surgery. Recovery after a traditional or extended tummy tuck can take several weeks. Compression garments should be worn during recovery to support the tissues as they heal and reduce swelling. 

Which Treatment Is Right for Your Needs?

Both abdominal liposuction and tummy tuck surgery can enhance your physique. To find out which treatment is best for your needs, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Berbari.

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Dr. Patricia Berbari offers plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures to treat a variety of conditions. Our board-certified plastic surgeon is affiliated with a number of medical societies including:

  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • Canadian Laser and Aesthetic Specialists Society
  • International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

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