Toronto’s Visage Clinic is on a roll. Its founder, Dr. Marc C. DuPéré recently accepted an award for being named the Best Plastic Surgery Clinic in Ontario for 2016 by Global Health & Pharma. That comes on the heels of winning the Top Choice Award for Best Customer Service for the fourth consecutive year.
Dr. DuPéré, (originally from Quebec), is one of the country’s leading plastic surgeons and aesthetic specialists. His expertise in body contouring procedures — including his skillful use of implants – and in facelift surgery attract women and men to his Toronto-area practices.
We recently caught up with him for his perspective on the future of plastic surgery, as well as a look at his personal passions.
Best Health: What does the Global Health & Pharma award mean to you?
Dr. DuPéré: It tells me that we are not only delivering excellent results as a team, but also providing our patients with an extraordinary experience at Visage Clinic. I have a truly amazing team dedicated to customer service. Our MediSpa offers only the best in Japanese skin care such as Forlle’d and some of our most popular requests include injectables, breast and buttock augmentation.
BH: What have been the biggest changes you’ve seen in cosmetic treatments since you started practicing 15 years ago?
Dr. DuPéré: At the outset of my career, injectables like Botox, Juvederm and Restylane were just being introduced. Older plastic surgeons resisted these “nonsurgical” procedures. I embraced them. Because patients return for treatments every 4 to 15 months, I get to know them better, to learn about their hobbies, their children, their pets, their favourite foods. This is why I don’t delegate these treatments to a nurse injector. And remember: French people like to talk, but French-Canadians love to talk.
Two other new trends that have emerged include “Gummy bear” breast implants (a stronger silicone that’s highly cohesive and less likely to rupture, meaning it’s sticky like gummy bear candies) and fat grafting as a technique for facial rejuvenation (where fat is recycled from one area of the body and injected into the face) and for buttock augmentation as in the Brazilian Butt Lift.
BH: When did you decide to pursue plastic surgery as a career?
Dr. DuPéré: I had known for a long time that I wanted to be a surgeon, because working with one’s hands has been in my family for generations. The operating room, to me, is like a cathedral, where I feel peaceful and serene. When I visited Dr. H. Bruce Williams, pediatric plastic surgeon at McGill University, Montréal, where I was doing my medical school, I knew then that plastic surgery would be my path. Dr. Williams is a pioneer in plastic surgery in North America, and more importantly, he is a true and kind human being, an amazing mentor and innovator.
BH: You enjoy many personal passions: Cooking, gardening, sculpting, drawing… The connection between art and plastic surgery is pretty clear. What attracted you to cooking and gardening?
Dr. DuPéré: “The quickest path to a Frenchman’s heart is his stomach.” That sums it up. You can see on my social media that when I travel, I always combine culture, restaurants and “fine épiceries.” Gardening comes along with my love of good food. Every generation on my father’s side had large vegetable gardens, so I grew up hearing about who has the best tomatoes, cucumbers, or fava beans each year. And now, having a young daughter at home, I value even more the organic and non-GMO foods we serve in our kitchen at home.
BH: What’s your favourite part about having a practice in Toronto?
Dr. DuPéré: I embrace diversity and the multiculturalism cherished by Toronto. I love taking into consideration the cultural background of a patient. Not all ladies should have the “Parisian nose.” I’ve practiced in Toronto for years, and I recently decided it was time to build my beautiful dream plastic surgical centre on Hazelton Avenue, in the heart of Yorkville, the “Fifth Avenue” or “Rodeo Drive” of Toronto. It is a 5,000-square-foot MediSpa and surgical centre with state-of-the-art technology, dedicated to beautiful results. Dreams do come true!