The Fashionable Plastic Surgeon of Visage Clinic and His Prized Iggies
By The Get Leashed Doggy Style Team
There’s just something undeniably chic about French and Italian style. Stepping into Dr. Marc DuPéré’s Yorkville clinic, filled with natural light, supple leather, and photographs of some of the world’s most recognizable beauties, you immediately get a sense of his impeccable aesthetic. A master in the field of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Marc spends busy days between his two clinics, but is a family man at heart. Read below as he describes how his two Italian Greyhounds, Hadrian and Sofiia, helped prepare him for parenthood, as he welcomed a baby girl into his life just a few weeks ago.
Please tell us about yourself, your profession, and what a typical work day is like.
I am French-Canadian and I moved here 20 years ago after attending McGill for medical school to study plastic surgery at the University of Toronto. I have been an aesthetic plastic surgeon for 15 years. We were very proud to open our medi-spa and state-of-the-art surgical center this year in the heart of Yorkville, at 133 Hazelton Ave. It’s 5000 square-feet dedicated to beauty and aesthetics. I also have a satellite office in Richmond Hill.
No two days are the same in the life of a plastic surgeon. Mondays are for minor procedures, such as scar revision or moles/cyst/lipoma removal etc. Tuesdays are for major procedures performed under general anesthesia such as facelifts, body implants (breast, hip, buttock, pectoral and calf), tummy-tucks, liposuction and etching etc. Wednesdays are consultation days downtown, pre and post-op visits, and injectables. I repeat a similar schedule on Thursdays in my Richmond Hill clinic. Finally, Fridays are our super busy days for our injectables such as Botox, fillers (Restylane, Juvederm, Voluma, etc.), PRP (platelet-rich plasma) and Belkyra, our newest injectable to dissolve fat under the chin. Our clients really enjoy Fridays for injectables as they can quietly recover over the weekend, if required (that being said, my use of the cannula technique for our filler has decreased the bruising to almost zero!).
Please tell us a bit about your Italian Greyhounds. How did they come into your life? Is there a story behind the names or particular breed?
Eight years ago, I started feeling the need to nurture, so we decided to add one doggie to our lives and see if “parenthood” was something for us. We adopted Sofiia (with 2 “i”s) at 7 months-old, a beautiful “Iggy” (fawn-colored Italian greyhound). I was introduced to this breed a few years before by two friends of mine and was instantly attracted to their regal look, their human-like demeanor, their unconditional love, their non-shedding and hypoallergenic coat and their stunning, sexy long legs and classy nose. Sofiia was named after Sophia Loren as she is super high-maintenance and commands all attention from all males around. She is the “alpha” and she truly defies aging.
She initially destroyed my couch – I can’t blame her as she was lonely all day during those Botox and filler days! So we looked for a companion and we selected Hadrian amongst a litter of small, no-nose, 2-week-old Iggies. He came home at age 2 months. He was the same color brown as my marble floor so we were “losing” him all the time. Hadrian was named after my grandpapa Adrien, for my grandpapa was a fun and mischievous man who loved to play tricks on us. So does my Iggy, Hadrian. I did call my 90-year-old grandmother and asked for her permission to name my dog after my grandpa and she accepted with a big laugh!
How would you describe your personal style?
I love colors, so you will rarely see me in white or black, unless I am in surgery and wearing my black scrubs; I want no distractions in the operating room when doing facelifts and breast augmentations! Therefore, clothing wise, I am a big fan of ETRO for its colors, its innovative inner-coat fabrics, its fun socks and imaginative pochettes. On weekends if I go out, I love wearing Dolce & Gabbana jeans with my La Martina Polo shirts – always ultra colorful – or my dressier ETRO shirts. If I stay indoors on a cold winter night by the fireplace with my Iggies, I like my YSL or Gucci sweat pants, comfy shirts and home-knitted (from Saguenay, Quebec) “pantouffles” i.e. slippers.
How would you describe the look and feel of your home?
I did say that I wanted to try “parenthood” 8 years ago and I liked it so much that we recently welcomed a beautiful 7 lbs, 12 oz baby daughter into our lives! What a bundle of joy! With 5 living creatures now in my family, my King Street penthouse-loft was no longer adequate and so we bought a big modern house complete with high ceilings and marble and wood finishes. It is a modern yet warm and welcoming house with a large backyard for the “kids.” I also have a country farm named “Shining Brow” on a large acreage in the rolling hills of Northumberland County, a quick 90 minutes away from Toronto. The house is an old farmhouse built in the “brow of the hill” (hence the name), of which the old 2-storey stone work was preserved and incorporated into a modern house. The view at the end of my 2-km long driveway from the top of the hill over the valley is breathtaking. And how peaceful! I can only hear the birds…and now the babbling of Gabriella Charlotte, our daughter. The farmhouse is very warm and cozy, with beautiful landscaped gardens and a tree-lined driveway. We have an immense kitchen where feasts and pastries are created every single weekend of the year to the sounds of Edit Piaf and Jacques Brel. French people do like their food!
What does your ideal weekend look like?
Walking and running with my Iggies is definitively one of the highlights of my weekends as they love to exercise. Although they are tiny, they run as fast as their larger Greyhound cousins! I enjoy showering them and doing their manicure/pedicure (and I use a gentle Dremel drill – something a Whippet Breeder friend of mine taught me 8 years ago!). My weekends also include gardening and my dogs will often stay with me in my fenced-in garden, chasing the chipmunks. When indoors, my Iggies are very attentive to my cooking, hoping for some tasting opportunities. I do love cooking. Finally, they ADORE traveling and the sound of the car keys elicits an adrenaline rush in them! And God knows how much I love traveling! Painting and photography are also important hobbies of mine.
What inspires you?
Nature and my parents/grandparents. We are all nature and animal-lovers. I grew up on grandpa’s farmland. We had trees and the Saguenay River around the house. The birds, the flowers, the trees, the leaves, all inspire me with greater power and energy, for their beauty and their combined complexity, ferocity, love for life and also simplicity. Architecture and design (as people will discover when visiting our new flagship Plastic Surgery Center and MediSpa in Yorkville, Toronto) are a close third for inspiration for me.
Finally, can you leave us with a funny story about your Iggies?
We took our Iggies to Brazil last year – in the cabin with us in Air Canada as they are under 20 lbs – and Sofiia had never seen the ocean. When I took her for her first walk by the 6km bay in Santa Catarina, she stubbornly stopped, gazed at the ocean and had tears in her eyes, while watching the horizon. I swear she did – I have a pic to prove it!
Follow Dr. DuPéré on Instagram to keep up with the Iggies @DrDuPere
Flagship Clinic, MediSpa and Surgical Centre (pictured)
133 Hazelton Avenue, Suite 101, Toronto, ON M5R 0A6
Oakridges/Richmond Hill Satellite Location
13311 Yonge Street, Suite 114 – Richmond Hill, ON L4E 3L6
Interior Clinic photography courtesy of Donna Griffith.