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Dr. Patrick Tonnard

Dr. Patrick Tonnard


Dr. Patrick L. Tonnard graduated in medicine from Ghent University in 1987. He spent three years as an assistant surgeon to Professor Derom at Ghent University Hospital and was then appointed as an assistant in plastic surgery at the Hôpital du Tondu in Bordeaux, France. From 1990 to 1993 he worked as a plastic surgeon alongside Professor Matton at Ghent University Hospital. He then spent six months as an assistant to Dr. Ortiz-Monasterio in Mexico City. He eventually set up his practice in Ghent. Since 1994 Dr. Tonnard has acted as a plastic surgery consultant at Ghent University Sint-Lucas and assistant clinical professor at Ghent University Hospital. He was a founder partner of the Coupure Centre for Plastic Surgery and in 2005 also became a founder partner of 't Zwin Medical Centre in the Dutch town of Oostburg. With his colleague Dr. Verpaele he set up the 'Aesthetic Medical Centre 2' (E:MC²) in 2007. This is an exclusive private surgical centre for aesthetic surgery in Sint-Martems-Latem. Dr. Tonnard is a member of the Royal Belgian Society for Surgery, the Belgian and Dutch Association for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, the ISAPS (International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) and the ASAPS (American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons). He has also been appointed Fellow of the Collegium Chirurgicum Plasticum and Fellow of the European Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Tonnard is also the author of approximately fifty scientific publications, has presented over two hundred scientific papers at national and international conferences, and made numerous contributions to scientific articles and books. He is much in demand as a speaker and moderator at international conferences and is an authority on surgical rejuvenation of the face. Together with Dr. Verpaele he developed the revolutionary MACS lift, a minimally invasive facelift technique that aims to produce the best and most natural result with rapid recovery and minimal complications. This achievement has earned him and Dr. Verpaele an international reputation. In 2004 and 2007 they contributed two scientific chapters about this surgical technique, written for plastic surgeons all over the world: The MACS-lift Short Scar Rhytidectomy, 2004, St Louis; and Short Scar Face-lifting, Operative Strategies and Techniques, 2007, St Louis. Dr. Tonnard has also written for a less specialized public: he contributed to the book Van top tot teen - alles over plastische chirurgie [From top to toe - all about plastic surgery] by Hubert Tygat and in 2000 he published Schone Schijn. Een wegwijzer in de plastische chirurgie [Looking Beautiful. A guide to plastic surgery] which he wrote with the journalist Laurens de Keyser. Dr. Tonnard and Dr. Verpaele set up 'See and Smile' in 2006. This is an association of Flemish plastic surgeons and ophthalmologists who travel to developing countries at regular intervals to perform operations. They carry out basic plastic surgery procedures (especially treatment for hare lip and cleft palate) and eye treatments (especially for cataracts). Their destinations so far have included Pnom Penh (Cambodia), Oaxaca (Mexico), Sagain (Myanmar) and Flores (Indonesia).
Ghent, Belgium
Maxillofacial Surgeon
Dutch / English

Work Experience

Plastic Surgeon
Since 2007
Aesthetic Medical Centre 2 (E:MC²)
Plastic Surgery Consultant
Since 1994
Ghent University Sint-Lucas
Assistant Clinical Professor
Since 1994
Ghent University Hospital


Degree in Medicine
1983 to 1987
Ghent University


Mechanical micronization of lipoaspirates: squeeze and emulsification techniques.
Plastic and reconstructive surgery Read it here The Role of Microfat Grafting in Facial Contouring.
Aesthetic surgery journal Read it here Long-term use of the Fogli temporal lift technique.
Plastic and reconstructive surgery Read it here

Professional Associations

Belgium Royal Society of Surgery Member Belgian & Dutch Association for Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgery Member ISAPS (International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) Member


Fellow European Board of Plastic Surgery
Fellow Collegium Chirurgicum Plasticum