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.

Is Bruising after Plastic Surgery Normal? By Patricia Berbari on June 12, 2017

Bruising after Plastic SurgeryDeciding to have plastic surgery to enhance your features and body contours can be an exciting, yet nerve-wracking experience. Knowing what to expect beforehand can help bring peace of mind, as well as provide you with the necessary steps to ensure a smooth recovery.

Before each body contouring procedure is performed, Dr. Patricia Berbari will meet with each patient at our Ottawa, ON practice to explain the procedure in detail, taking the time to answer any questions, as well address how to care for your body after surgery. Proper aftercare can help reduce swelling and bruising after plastic surgery.

How to Prepare before Your Surgery

With the advancements in surgical techniques being made each year, surgeons today are able to reduce discomfort and scarring. Although most bruising and swelling is inevitable, having a trusted and experienced surgeon, such as Dr. Berbari perform your procedure will ensure a smooth recovery and successful results.

In addition, there are pre-operative steps to take to help minimize side effects, such as:

  • Avoid Blood Thinners: Stopping the use of certain medications and supplements, such as aspirin, NSAIDS (Advil and Aleve), ginkgo, and ginseng will prevent your blood from thinning.
  • Keep a Healthy Diet: Eating a balanced diet and avoiding foods with salicylates known for increasing bruising, such as berries, almonds, peaches, limes, lemons, and vinegar can also help.
  • Avoid Cigarettes and Tobacco Products: Smoking can slow the healing process and increase your risk for prolonged bruising. Even if you do smoke, try to avoid smoking for two to three weeks before and after surgery.
  • Take Herbal Supplements: Taking certain herbal supplements, such as arnica and bromelain a few days before and after surgery has been known to reduce bruising.

What to Do after Surgery

Each patient responds to surgery differently, so it’s best not to compare your recovery to someone else. In addition, the type of procedure performed will also determine the complexity of your recovery. Someone who has liposuction performed will traditionally bruise less than someone who undergoes a tummy tuck.

Bruising is completely normal and a natural part of the healing process. The degree to which you bruise can be limited by carefully following your post-surgical instructions given to you after surgery. This will include:

  • Keeping the area elevated to promote healthy blood flow and prevent swelling
  • Emptying any surgical drains
  • Resting and limiting your physical activity
  • Avoiding strenuous activity, such as heavy lifting and bending for at least four to six weeks after surgery
  • Wearing your compression garment as directed
  • Consuming a healthy diet filled with Vitamin K-enriched foods
  • Drinking at least eight cups of water a day to flush your body of unhealthy toxins
  • Applying ice packs or cold compresses for the first 24 to 48 hours after surgery, and then switching to heat after the first few days
  • Avoiding smoking and other tobacco products
  • Taking medications as prescribed
  • Attending follow-up appointments

Contact Us Today

To learn more about the body contouring procedures we provide and the benefits involved, we recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Berbari. You can contact our office today online, or by calling (819) 243-7667.

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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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Dr. Berbari is an excellent doctor - the best there is. Carol, Plastic Surgery Patient

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