FAQ’s

Do I need an appointment?

Yes, you need to make an appointment to see Dr. Shortt.  We value your time and strive our very best to run our office efficiently and on-time.   An appointment helps make that happen. Please understand that on rare occasion, some patients require additional time that was not accounted for, which may delay things a bit.  We appreciate your understanding.

Do I need a referral?

A referral is required for all OHIP consultations. Cosmetic consultations do not require a referral. If it is not clear whether your concern falls under OHIP or not, please contact our office and speak with our staff who will better be able to guide you.

How do I book a consultation with Dr Shortt?

You may book an appointment using the link on the right of this page, or by contacting the office by telephone 905-849-4282.

How long will it take to get an appointment?

The wait time for referrals varies but may take a few months.  If you have an urgent need to see Dr Shortt please advise your GP, who will be able to triage your case and possibly accelerate the process.  If you have any questions about the timing of your cosmetic consultation, please contact our office directly.

What will the procedures cost?

Every procedure is different and every patient is unique.  It is not possible to give costs without first seeing Dr Shortt.  After a thorough consultation with Dr Shortt, which includes designing a comprehensive management plan catered to your needs and goals, an estimate will be provided to you.

Will any of the procedures be covered by OHIP?

Dr Shortt specializes in cosmetic surgery as well as reconstructive surgery, the latter of which is always covered by OHIP.  Additionally, many cosmetic procedures can be partially covered by OHIP.  In this situation Dr Shortt will write a letter to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care advocating on your behalf for them to help fund your surgery.  This may include surgeries to the face, breasts or body.

Where will the procedures be performed?

Dr Shortt has a fully equipped and licensed operating theatre at the Briarwood Cosmetic Surgery Centre. He also operates regularly at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital and the Georgetown Hospital. The decision as to which facility your surgery should take place will depend on the nature of your surgery and your individual needs.

What follow-up care will be provided to me?

Dr Shortt follows all his patients very closely.  Dr Shortt strongly believes that once you undergo surgery that you are his responsibility and you will be carefully taken care of until you are recovered.  In general, you will be seen a few days after surgery and then the following week.  Depending on the nature of your surgery, further follow-up appointments are usually spread-out after that.  

If for any reason Dr Shortt is not available to assist you, his partner Dr Brown will likely be able to attend to your needs.  Finally, there is always an on-call plastic surgeon that works with Dr Shortt, who can care for you if required.

Testimonials

Huge Breasts Be Gone!

Absolutely hands down the best! Dr Shortt is very skilled and has a warm, caring personality along with a sense of humour:) You are in the best hands should you choose Dr. Shortt. Thank you Dr Shortt and Joanne for making this a great experience!

He is a masterful surgeon and he has exceeded my expectations.

Dr. Shortt performed breast reduction/tummy tuck surgery and I am very happy with the results. He is a masterful surgeon and he has exceeded my expectations. I’m a 64 yr. old woman who has lived with shoulder and back pain for years. I decided to have a breast reduction in the hope of easing this discomfort and improving my quality of life in retirement. I was able to discuss questions and concerns easily with Dr. Shortt. He has a quiet, kind manner , complemented by a good sense of humour. I would not hesitate to recommend Dr. Shortt to my family and friends. The office staff are also very professional, friendly and helpful.

Dr Shortt is talented, trustworthy, and kind.

Dr Shortt was has been incredible! I went to him in search of options for correctly my breast asymmetry. I read a lot of reviews for plastic surgeons in and around Toronto and I chose Dr Shortt because his reviews were overwhelmingly positive. Initially, I was interested in fat grafting because I feared an implant would be obvious. At my consultation, Dr Shortt explained the advantages and disadvantages of both options. His opinion was that an implant would actually be the better choice because breast augmentation with an implant is much more predictable and due to the difference in my breasts, I would probably need multiple sessions of fat grafting, which would get quite expensive. After the consultation, I understood why an implant would be the better choice for me and my body. He wrote a letter on my behalf advocating that my surgery be covered by OHIP, the Ontario Health Insurance Plan, and they agreed to cover it! I really appreciated that Dr Shortt was honest about what he thought would make me the most happy (an implant in one side), not what would make him the most money (multiple sessions of fat grafting). Throughout the whole process, he was patient, understanding, and confident. His sense of humour put me at ease on surgery day and I couldn’t be happier with the results of my surgery. I didn’t want bigger breasts, just more symmetrical ones and he managed to balance me out beautifully without even touching my bigger left breast. My surgery was three weeks ago and except for the scar (which is healing beautifully) you can’t even tell I had surgery. My new breast looks and feels great and I can’t stop buying pretty new bras now that any bra will work for me. I can’t wait for bikini season! Dr Shortt is talented, trustworthy, and kind. As soon as you meet him, you’ll see that he truly cares about your happiness. Thank you, Dr Shortt!

I would 100% recommend Dr. Shortt and his staff to anyone who is considering breast reconstruction surgery.

I would 100% recommend Dr. Shortt and his staff to anyone who is considering breast reconstruction surgery. Dr. Shortt is a very knowledgeable, thorough and compassionate surgeon. i
felt comfortable with him from the first consultation appointment. He answered every question we had and was never in a rush. I am very grateful to Dr. Shortt for his expertise and his skills for making me feel like a whole woman again
Thank you so much !!

My experience with Dr. Shortt was great.

My experience with Dr. Shortt was great. I highly recommend Dr Shortt if you are considering any surgery. He did my breast reconstruction twice and each was very professional . He also took care of me after that so no concerns.

He was thorough, professional and clearly is the expert in his field.

I had the great pleasure of meeting Dr. Shortt for my initial assessment this week. My appointment was not only on time, but they were able to accommodate my early arrival. Dr. Shortt was a delight. He immediately put me at ease and was not in a rush. He was thorough, professional and clearly is the expert in his field. This is my second assessment and and I very happy that I held out for this referral.

Thank You Dr. Shortt

I wish I had had a breast reduction sooner; the improvement in how I feel physically and mentally is simply amazing. I could repeat so much of what others have said about Dr. Shortt; he is professional, knowleable and is quick with a funny quip when needed. I appreciate and am so grateful for his skill as a surgeon/artist. Joanne is always friendly and helpful and I appreciate her time in scheduling my surgery. Most definately recommend this Dr. Shortt and his team!

Feel and look better than ever before.


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