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.

Tummy Tuck vs. Panniculectomy By Patricia Berbari on February 07, 2019

Tummy before and after cosmetic treatmentAge, fluctuations in weight, and pregnancy are all factors that can impact the appearance of the stomach. For men and women, excess fat and loose tissues around the abdomen can be issues that prevent them from achieving their ideal body contours, even if they are within an appropriate weight range. When diet and exercise fail to tighten and tone the midsection, it may be time to consider cosmetic treatment.

A tummy tuck tightens the abdominal tissues to give patients the firmer stomach they desire. However, this is not the only cosmetic treatment that can address problems with the midsection. Some patients may actually be better candidates for a panniculectomy. Though this procedure is not as widely known, it can also give patients a firmer tummy.

Here, Dr. Patricia Berbari discusses the differences regarding tummy tuck vs. panniculectomy so that our Gatineau, QC patients can better understand which may be right for them.

What Happens during a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck can address loose skin, as well as stretched abdominal muscles. Tummy tuck surgery basically involves four major processes.

  1. An incision will be made horizontally across the lower tummy (just above the pubic bone). This incision is used to remove excess skin. Although the specifics of each tummy tuck procedure will vary, it is common to remove skin from below the belly button to the top of the pubic area.
  2. After the appropriate tissues have been removed, the abdominal muscles will be repaired. Typically, this involves pulling stretched stomach muscles closer together to create a tighter abdominal wall.
  3. The patient’s skin is re-draped and the belly button is relocated. Dr. Berbari will choose a position on the abdominal wall that looks natural, and an opening will be made for the belly button.
  4. Incisions will be closed and recovery will begin.

What Happens during a Panniculectomy?

A panniculectomy is similar to a tummy tuck, but it primarily addresses the lower abdomen. Ideal candidates for a panniculectomy are those with excess skin on the lower stomach.

A panniculectomy removes this excess skin, but it does not alter the abdominal muscles in any way. While a tummy tuck involves four major processes, a panniculectomy involves just two.

  1. An incision is made horizontally across the lower abdomen so that skin can be removed. Generally, the skin removed during a panniculectomy does not extend as high up the belly as it does during a tummy tuck. The belly button should not need to be repositioned.
  2. The skin is pulled tight and the surgical incision is closed.

Which Is Right for Me?

Determining whether a tummy tuck or panniculectomy is the best option for each patient comes down to figuring out how much loose skin is present, and whether or not the abdominal muscles have been stretched.

Dr. Berbari will perform a thorough evaluation of each patient, and listen to his or her specific cosmetic goals to create a treatment plan that is most appropriate for each situation.

Schedule a Consultation

If you have questions about a tummy tuck or panniculectomy, or would simply like to know which procedure may be best for you, Dr. Patricia Berbari can help. Call (819) 243-7667 to schedule a personal consultation at your earliest convenience.

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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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