Tonnard & Verpaele plastic surgery



Facial aesthetic surgery has become the main focus in the Coupure Centre for Plastic Surgery in Gent. Since 1999 we have taken the initiative of organizing teaching courses in this subspecialty. In the early years the meetings were oriented towards a regional and national attendance and were called “Coupure Seminars”. In 2004, on the occasion of the launch of our first book, “The MACS-lift Short Scar Rhytidectomy”, we had the great opportunity to gather a very distinguished international faculty, with the goal of sharing and discussing different ideas on facial aesthetic surgery, brought in a convivial and open atmosphere. This meeting, the Vth Coupure Seminar, was baptised CATFAS, which stands for Controversies, Art and Technology in Facial Aesthetic Surgery.

The mission of this meeting was to create a forum for discussion on established and changing concepts in the field of facial aesthetic surgery, a specialty which is constantly evolving.
The recommendations to the faculty was to bring very practical information with many technical tips and tricks and also focus on possible complications. Live surgery was part of the concept, brought with state of the art audiovisual techniques. High Definition broadcasting became the standard from the 2007 CATFAS meeting.

Thanks to the high quality contributions of the outstanding faculty members and room for animated discussions, the CATFAS meetings were reported by many participants as a “think tank” in our subspecialty. In the mean time the local hosts Alexis Verpaele and Patrick Tonnard, continued to organize smaller scale in-depth one-day teaching courses on the technique they popularized, the MACS-lift Short Scar rhytidectomy.

The meetings are all organized in English and take place in our city of Gent, which is being appreciated by visitors as a hospitable, charming city with a tremendous historical value. We kindly invite you to one of our future meetings, “CATFAS” or “Advanced MACS-lift courses” and hope they will be for you a memorable source of knowledge and friendship as well as an enjoyable journey to our hospitable city.

Boutique Aesthetic Surgery Workshops
by Tonnard & Verpaele

There are plenty of large plastic surgery meetings covering almost every subject. This format unfortunately rarely allows in depth teaching. With the “Tonnard&Verpaele Boutique Aesthetic Surgery Workshops” we want to create the opportunity to see the masters at work on a very personal level. The format consists of one full day of intensive lecturing, so that the theoretical basis is provided in preparation of the next day’s live surgery. The surgical candidates are selected in order to provide a comprehensive demonstration of every detail of the surgical techniques.

The mission of the “BAS” workshops is to deliver all the theoretical and practical tools to change your practice.

Next Workshop
18-19 April  2024
Demystifying Deep Plane Facelifting

Special guest stars:
Mario Pelle-Ceravolo (Italy)
Andre Auersvald (Brasil)
Richard Bensimon (USA)
Francisco Bravo (ES)
Jim Grotting (USA)


  • Deep plane versus plication
  • Deep neck work
  • Anterior neck versus lateral neck approach
  • Gliding brow lift
  • A-net
  • Microfat grafting for Centrofacial Rejuvenation
  • Regenerative Nanofat Microneedling
  • Deep chemical croton oil peel
  • Buccal fat pad removal
  • Lip lift

For plastic surgeons updating their skills in facial rejuvenation
and regeneration surgery:


17 – 18 – 19 APRIL 2024 in Ghent, Belgium

(Live attendance SOLD OUT, online attendance still possible)

Guest speakers

Mario Pelle-Ceravolo (Italy) – Andre Auersvald (Brasil) – Richard Bensimon (USA) – Francisco Bravo (ES) – Jim Grotting (USA)

“I want to thank you very much for the good course in June 2017.
It was very good organized and practical. Thanks again for the great lesson.”

Dr. van Dam
Bergman Clinics the Netherlands


Dr. Patrick L. Tonnard, PhD, MD

Aesthetic Surgery Journal
August 2012
Volume 33 Pg 347-352

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Dr. Patrick L. Tonnard, Dr. Alexis Verpaele, Dr. Geert Peeters, Dr. Moustapha Hamdi, Dr. Maria ornelissen, Dr. Heidi Declercq

Plastic and reconstructive surgery journal
October 2013
Volume 132 pg 1017-102

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Dr. Richard Bensimon

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Dr. Assaf A. Zeltzer, Dr. Patrick L.
Tonnard, Dr. Alexis Verpaele

Aesthetic Sugery Journal
January 2012
Vol 32 pg 554-561

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