Scar Revision


What is a scar? A scar is the body’s way of healing after an injury. Scar tissue forms all through the body, not just the one that you see on your skin. Rather than replacing the injured tissue with the same type of tissue, a scar is a collection of collagen. It comes from a variety of injuries including surgery and trauma.

A scar revision can be done under local anaesthetic or general anaesthesia, depending on the nature of the problem. The scar is excised. The tissue is then freed-up so that it is no longer tethered to underlying muscle or bone. Releasing the skin and deep tethering allows the tissue to be brought together with less tension. A multi-layered closure is then performed to minimize any scar tension and maximize the chances for a great result.

What can be done if a scar is still not ideal?

There are several procedures that can be used to try and fix a scar, depending on the problem, including:

The use of silicone patches.

The application of prescription scar cream combined with massage techniques.

Lasers such as IPL or BBL to lighten the colour of the scar. Different wavelengths can be used for this depending on whether it is a pink/purple scar or a pigmented scar.

Profractional can be used to ablate the scar and soften it.

A combination of all the above and some topical steroid that is rubbed into the scar following laser treatment.

Steroid injections into the scar to soften, flatten and make it more pale.

A scar revision.

In extreme cases, a scar revision may be followed with a mild dose of radiation treatment to prevent keloid recurrence.

Dr Shortt will go over your options, so you feel that your surgery is specifically planned for you.

When to consider having this procedure?

In general, candidates for a scar revision are aged 18 – 70 years, are in good health, are able to have general anaesthetic, and may have one or more of the following characteristics:


unhappy with scar placement, thickness or appearance


dissatisfaction with appearance of a scar on the breasts following a breast reduction, breast lift, lumpectomy or breast reconstruction


dissatisfaction with the appearance of a scar on the abdomen following a past surgery or a C-section


a shelf-like appearance of redundant skin that produces a scar

What is the recovery time?

In general, the recovery time following a scar revision procedure is very limited. Typically it may last 1-2 weeks. Depending on the nature of the scar and its position there may be certain activity restrictions that Dr. Shortt will discuss with you in order to obtain the best possible chance for a great result.

As with any surgery under general anaesthetic, there are potential risks or complications to consider. During your private consultation, Dr Shortt 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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I recently had a face lift with Dr. Shortt and i am extremely happy with the results.

I recently had a face lift with Dr. Shortt and i am extremely happy with the results.
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I am soo happy to have found Dr shortt..I feel soo lucky to have followed my gutt feeling and chose Dr shortt as my surgeon..I was between Dr shortt and another Hollywood Dr in the states..after having a skyp call with both of them..I felt instant comfort with Dr shortt.. he explained everything about the procedure ( the tummy thigh and breast lift) and really took time answering all my questions and concerns…I got very nervous as the day got closer.. but as soon as I saw him in person( I forgot to mention that I flew all the way from Dubai to Toronto for this and boy am I glad) as soon as I saw him in person I felt that sense of comfort I had during my skyp calls ..
Do now let me tell you about my recovery..I had the surgery and got discharged same day.. my breast lift was a piece of cake. I did feel nothing but a sense of discomfort to say the most.. however it was okaaay, controlable with meds..I walked immediately as per Dr shortt recommendation.. but I stayed home for the first 5 days because my meds were making me drowsy .. for the next 5 days .. off meds by now(i chose to do so because I got bored and s wanted to get out) it was torture I couldn’t walk more than an hour in the mall or so and it was very painful getting out of bed.. after 10 days it got soo much better .. at 15 days I was perfectly fine.

Nowabout my results..I am one month in and soo thrilled of the outcomes..I was soo ecstatic .. of my new set of knockers I was showing them to all my girlfriends.. they could not believe that I didn’t have implants in .. they were asking me to touch them to make sure and asked me are you sure Dr didn’t insert any kind of support ????????.. because there too perky with beautiful shape..Dr shortt not only does a lift.. apparently during the procedure.. somehow he shapes the fat as well to create fullness in the right more lifted breasts.. and i have to say i have heavy breasts i am 32DD so that was a phenomenal thing to achieve.. the scars are amazing almost invisible now.
About my tummy tuck..I have to say i am a fit person I exercise alot and I have strong abs and mainly wanted the tummy tuck for the muscle repairs.. mine were strong but a bit separated and you can only do soo much with working out.. my stomach is so flat now.. it’s unbelievable. And it supposed to get even better with time and exercise ..I can’t wait to have a six pack????????
I would like to thank Dr shortt and Joanne.. his amazing secretary assistant.. she was soo nice and warm..I am soo greatful for them both.. and i will defenitly consider coming back for any cosmetic procedures in the future .. it was defenitly worth the 17 hours journey from Dubai.!!

I am very grateful for the new me!!

This experience took awhile to absorb for a few reasons. Clearly a breast cancer diagnosis is a scary reality but I am happy to say with the beautiful reconstruction surgery I went through under the care of Dr. Shortt I am now starting to feel like a beautiful person on the inside and out! I very grateful for the new me!! Sincerely
M. Dohan

Feel and look better than ever before.