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A breast lift and a tummy tuck are surgical procedures that go well together: one surgery day; one recovery; less costs; and an amazing body transformation. I perform breast and tummy surgeries together on a regular basis. It is referred to as the Mommy Makeover and is one of the most satisfying procedures for my patients and me. I see patients regularly who are interested in returning their bodies back to its pre-pregnancy stage.

A Mommy Makeover is a one-surgery life changer. It entails a tummy tuck and a breast surgery and it is truly a transformative procedure. That may be a breast reduction, breast augmentation, breast lift, or breast augmentation with a breast lift. You can have the two surgeries together, assuming that you are healthy and fit for surgery. Liposuction can also be done sparingly at the same time, or more extensively at a second procedure. Finally, if you have an umbilical hernia, you can have that treated at the same time as your abdominoplasty (tummy tuck.)

I usually advise patients that I can give them the best, long-term, lasting result when they are at a stable weight, which they can comfortably and realistically maintain for years. If you starve yourself and put on weight after the surgery, the results will not stay as beautiful as they could – compared with the surgery being performed at a more permanent weight. Several months at a stable weight is ideal. Any surgeon with a great reputation will certainly have some wait-time to get into see them, so perhaps seek a consultation when you are within 20 pounds of your target weight.

The advantages of a Mommy Makeover include: one surgery day, one recovery, significant cost savings, and getting a beautiful result at once, rather than having to wait.

How to choose your plastic surgeon:

Without a doubt, the most important consideration is that your surgery is done safely. Often friends or family doctors can start the search, if they know someone they like. Virtually, all my patients come from happy patients who have referred friends, or family doctors that have had the chance to see my work and the care I provide to my patients. Building that trust has come from a deliberate process of providing consistent quality results and superb patient care. Reviews such as RealSelf and RateMD can also be a good way of getting to know your surgeon’s reputation. Take some of it with a grain of salt.

You also need to make sure that your surgeon has an interest in the work that you are having done; not all surgeons do all things. Ask your surgeon about their training and experience for the surgery you are seeking. For a Mommy Makeover, the most important considerations for a beautiful tummy tuck are a natural looking belly button and a low hidden scar. For the breast surgery, it really needs to be customized. There are several options that can work, but some may be more ideal. Make sure your surgeon goes over your options, so you feel that your surgery is specifically planned for you.

Finally, you have to like your surgeon. That doesn’t mean you want to have them over for a bar-b-q. But it does mean you have to trust them, and know that they will be there to take care of you, to reassure you and to be available to you if there are any problems. You are putting your life and your beauty in their hands. You should have an easy relationship, where you can bring up any questions that you have and make sure that you are able to discuss your goals fully. You should feel like you can take your time and visit that surgeon for a second (or more) consultation to make sure you really are certain. You should never feel rushed or pressured. At the end of the day, you should trust your gut.

What is the recovery time for a Mommy Makeover?

Recovery time varies for everyone, but usually I tell patients that you are moving slowly for a couple days, feeling good at about a week, and wanting to get back to everything at 2 weeks. For office work, 1 week is doable and 2 is perfect. For heavy lifting, give yourself 6 weeks.

As with any surgery under general anaesthetic, there are potential risks or complications to consider. During your private consultation, your surgeon will take a thorough medical history from you, discuss your surgical options, explain the complete procedure and potential risks, discuss what to expect pre and post surgery, and your estimated recovery time.

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Testimonials

I had a bump on my thumb removed by Dr Shortt a few years ago.

I had a bump on my thumb removed by Dr Shortt a few years ago. It was e third time I’d had it removed, as it kept growing back, but since Dr Shortt removed it, it hasn’t returned!

I’m very pleased with the results of my explant surgery.

Dr Shortt was recommended to me for my explant surgery. I was informed he was the best surgeon for the job and that I would be very happy with the results.
We met on a couple of occasions before the surgery and discussed the options of new implants, fat grafting or just an explant. He was courteous, respectful and very knowledgeable.
He respected my decision to just have the explant surgery and didn’t try to sell me on other procedures. He is all about what’s best for his patients. When I had my pre-op at the hospital, the intake nurse couldn’t say enough wonderful things about him and his skills. That solidified it for me.
I’m very pleased with the results of my explant surgery. It was a unique case in that the implants had completely liquified. They were done 8 years ago by another recommended surgeon in Burlington, not Dr Shortt himself. It seems they were just defective.
Dr. Shortt noted that he had never seen any implants come out in that condition. I appreciate that he is following up with the manufacturer to inform them of the situation.
if you are choosing implants, please do your research and educate yourself and if you choose to have them done, Dr. Shortt is your guy.

Dr. Shortt is a true professional, with an amazing bedside manner.

Recently I had Dr Shortt remove a large lump from the back of my leg. His genuinely friendly manner immediately put me at ease.
In the hospital, he explained how the procedure was going to work, which made me feel comfortable. The actual procedure took less than 5 minutes, with no pain. I was completely relaxed, knowing I was in good hands. Dr. Shortt is a true professional, with an amazing bedside manner. I’d trust him to do absolutely any surgical procedure and would feel confident that the outcome would be very successful.

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.

Breast Reconstruction at 55 and a New Lease on Life!!

I went to Dr. Shortt for breast reduction in 2015 and things went sideways when they found an early form of breast cancer (DCIS). It hadn’t shown up on the mammogram 6 months earlier. Dr. Rodger delivered the news, and was gentle and frank about my choices. I had been thrilled and pleasantly surprised with the breast reduction. I was equally happy about what followed after the cancer news; no chemo or radiation required: just a series of surgeries starting with a unilateral mastectomy, DIEP Flap surgery for breast reconstruction, nipple reconstruction and scar remediation, all ending with a nipple tattoo by one of his expert colleagues. I’ve never been so well cared for in my life. Dr. Shortt and his teams, both at the office and in the OR, formed a circle of care that kept me comfortable, confident and happy.
Dr. Shortt has fully embraced social media, which translates into access to tons of information through his blogs, links about procedures (i.e. DIEP flap surgery), and the ability to ask him questions remembered after appointments. He’s a straight shooter and a healer with a quick wit and a world of personal experience. I can’t recommend him enough!

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!

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