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

All in all I can not say enough good things about my experience with both Dr. Shortt and his staff

Dr Short t was my surgeon for breast reduction, tummy tuck, bra-line back lift and panniculectomy. I was at ease upon our first meeting. I felt he genuinely was on my side and interested in my well being. Although the surgeries I have undergone have been major , the pain was surprisingly minor. I have had excellent recoveries and shockingly minimal scaring. I could not be more satisfied with having been his patient. I did some research about plastic surgery and costs were in line with others. All in all I can not say enough good things about my experience with both Dr. Shortt and his staff

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!

Feel and look better than ever before.


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