COVID-19

With the spread of Covid-19, my professional organizations and our government are now insisting that ALL non-urgent surgeries (both in the public and private sectors) be postponed for the time being, until the coronavirus crisis is under control. Therefore, we have to postpone all planned operation until the restrictions are lifted.

We are very sorry for the inconvenience to you but hope that you understand the goals: to save resources, which are needed urgently elsewhere, for example in intensive care and emergency medicine; to protect you as our patient; and to protect personnel.

In the meantime, Dr. Nicolaidis will continue to see patients via FaceTime or Skype. For postoperative emergencies, he will consider whether it is necessary to see the patient in person.

For the time being, we urge you to follow all of Mr. Legault’s recommendations regarding quarantine and isolation. This is an unprecedented period of history. Most people will lose money, some will lose their jobs, and worse yet some will lose loved ones. The resulting stress, the anxiety of being in quarantine and the uncertainty about the future are having a huge negative effect on our individual mental status. We are all facing this challenge together. We encourage you to develop healthy daily routines with your family, exercise and get some fresh air when you can. Although it is important to keep yourself informed, following sensational news constantly can lead to increased anxiety.

When this is over, please rest assured that we will remain available to take care of you. In the meantime, please take care of yourself and your loved ones and please act responsibly for our community.

Frequently asked questions

Why don’t you have before and after photos on this site ?

The College des Medecins du Quebec does not permit the use of before and after photographs. However, pre- and post-operative photos can be seen at the clinic during your consultation.

Can I have more than one operation at the same time ?

Up to a point. Dr. Nicolaidis is very conservative. The longer the operative time, the higher the risk of complications. Multiple operations at the same time can be discussed during your visit.

Should I lose weight before my operation ?

In general, better results can be achieved if you are close to your “ideal weight” before surgery. If you lose plenty of weight after body contouring surgery, the skin we just tightened might get loose again ! Nevertheless, if you just can’t lose weight, there are options. These can be discussed at your visit.

If I’m a smoker, will you operate on me ?

Yes, IF you can stop all forms of nicotine at least 2 weeks before your procedure. Dr. Nicolaidis can prescribe a patch if that can help you. Studies show that smoking increases anesthetic risks and impairs post-operative healing.

Can I undergo body contouring surgery if I still want to have children ?

Best results are achieved if you’re finished having children. The breast engorgement and tummy stretching of pregnancy will obviously compromise many body contouring procedures. Breast surgery can often impair a woman’s ability to breast feed afterward ; therefore, if breast feeding is important to you, breast surgery should be postponed. And clearly, a tummy tuck is not a good idea if you are going to stretch that very same skin with a baby ! However, liposuction and surgery on the arms and legs can be considered provided you realize the limitations.

Once you are done having children, you may be an ideal candidate for breast and body contouring. A breast lift can correct droopy breasts while a tummy tuck can improve loose skin in the belly. Dr. Nicolaidis will be happy to discuss the various options with you.

If I have medical problems, can I still have surgery ?

Up to a point. Dr. Nicolaidis is very conservative. And this is elective surgery. If the medical problems are not excessive, conservative procedures may be considered. Dr. Nicolaidis can also arrange to perform the surgery in a hospital setting if an overnight stay is required or there are medical concerns.