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.

Thigh Lift Surgery: The Recovery Process By Patricia Berbari on September 30, 2016

A woman's lower bodyPatients who visit our Gatineau plastic surgery centre know that we offer exceptional surgical care. We focus on pre-op preparation, expert surgical technique, and sound post-op recovery strategies. A big part of this is letting patients know what to expect after their surgery is done. This improves expectations and helps with overall recovery and results.

With this in mind, we'd like to consider the healing and recovery process after thigh lift surgery (thighplasty). Like other body contouring surgeries, good rest and proper understanding of the recovery process are crucial.

What to Expect Immediately After Thigh Lift Surgery

Immediately after a thigh lift surgery, patients will often feel groggy and fatigued, which is common as the effects of general anesthetic wear off. Some soreness and nausea may also occur. Patients should return home, escorted and accompanied by a loved one to ensure safety.

How Long Will I Need to Take Off from Work?

In general, a patient should plan to take 2 to 3 weeks off of work to recover from their thigh lift surgery. This helps ensure proper healing before returning to the job.

Keep the following in mind, however: if your job is physically demanding, you may need to take additional time off of work or allow others to perform certain tasks for you. This is especially true of heavy lifting and squatting.

Activities to Avoid After Thigh Lift Surgery

After undergoing a thigh lift, there are certain activities to avoid to ensure optimal healing. These include:

  • Strenuous physical activity
  • Major exercise
  • Sexual activity
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol consumption

A full list of activities will be provided as part of your consultation process. We will give you general timelines on when certain activities can be resumed.

How to Sleep After a Thigh Lift

Sleeping after a thigh lift can be difficult and pose a number of problems with regard to pain and comfort. We recommend that patients sleep with pillows under their legs as they heal. This prevents the legs from stretching out and placing strain on the sutures, while also offering the right amount of support to improve comfort.

Pain and Discomfort

Pain and discomfort are common following any surgery. It will be most pronounced in the first days following the procedure, with reductions in pain as healing continues. Patients can manage pain using recommended pain relievers.

Bruising and Swelling

Bruising and swelling are also a common reality following any surgical procedure. Bruising will be most pronounced in the first two weeks after surgery, slowly fading by the end of the month, with residual discoloration fading through the second month. As for swelling, the most pronounced swelling will have subsided by the end of the first month, though residual swelling may persist for several weeks after. Wearing your compression garment as directed can help manage both of these issues.

Attend Follow-up Visits as Needed

As you recover, there will be follow-up visits with your surgeon to monitor your healing progress. Be sure to attend all of these as schedule. This can help prevent complications from occurring. In addition, do not hesitate to contact the practice if there are any concerns or questions that arise during recovery. Having issues addressed sooner rather than later is always best.

About Post-Surgical Scarring

Post-surgical scarring is a reality following any sort of surgery. In the initial weeks of recovery, scarring may be quite noticeable, though thankfully it is generally well-hidden and concealed by mos bottoms, undergarments, and bathing suits. In the months ahead, the scars should continue to fade, with noticeable changes in appearance by the end of the first year.

Learn More About Thigh Lift Surgery

To learn more about body contouring surgery and how it can help you look your very best, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery centre today. The team at our practice looks forward to your visit and helping you look and feel your very best.

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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

To schedule a consultation, call us at (819) 243-7667 or contact us online today!

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