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Recently, I was asked to show my photo ID at the LCBO. I had my 42nd birthday this past spring, so I couldn’t be happier!

I see a lot of people in my office for a lot of different things. Sometimes people come specifically to discuss things they can do to look younger. Sometimes they come for something else but the conversation often comes around to the same thing…. how to look your best for your age.

There is no perfect answer for this. Everyone needs something different and this is what we specialize in at our office… creating a customized plan for each patient to reach their own best results. With that being said, I can still offer you this information about aging. Aging relates to the three “D’s”:

1. Deflation

2. Descent

3. Deterioration

Deflation refers to the loss of volume that the soft tissue and bone experiences over time. Lots of studies have demonstrated this. This is where fillers and fat grafting have really taken facial rejuvenation to the next level. Twenty years ago, no one would have considered this. When people started to look older they had a face lift. That would tighten tissue and re-suspend the remaining soft tissue. However, it was only with the use of fillers and fat that the more youthful fullness that people had when they were young could be returned to their face.

Descent is gravity pulling down. With time, gravity starts to create lax skin, jowls, heavy lids, loose necks, and folds around the mouth. When this first happens, there is still time to correct and conceal it without surgery. This is where fillers, lasers and Botox can help significantly. However, if the descent is too severe, then these treatments alone are not enough and surgery such as a face lift, brow lift and eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) are needed.

Deterioration refers to the wrinkles in the skin. It refers to the pigmented spots and the broken blood vessels. It includes the flat, dull appearance of the skin. This is where Botox and laser can have amazing results. Botox does wonders to soften wrinkles especially around the eyes and between the brows. It can make people look refreshed and happier. Lots of people come to the office simply to minimize the scowl between their eyes that people tell them makes them look mad all the time.

And finally there is laser treatment. There is nothing, I repeat NOTHING, that will make your skin look so nice as a laser treatment will…

It will lighten or remove pigmented spots.

It will minimize or delete broken vessels and red patches.

It will erase fine lines completely and minimize the deeper ones.

Nothing works around the mouth for wrinkles like laser resurfacing.

It has been shown in studies to reorient collagen fibres, to stimulate new collagen and to literally turn on RNA (the signal to make proteins) that is usually only found in young people’s skin.

How to decide which is best for you?

Well, that really depends on your individual concerns and goals. That is what a consultation is for. I realize that there are a lot of options and not everyone can do all of them at once. It is my job to assess you and help you to decide which option is going to give you the best bang for your buck. Aging does not happen in isolation. We all have all of these D’s taking place all the time. There isn’t “one thing” that can fix everything. When you go to a salon or a non-surgeon’s office, you may only be offered one or two options. As they say, “When you are a hammer, everything looks like a nail”. When all you have are fillers or Botox, then all patients look like they need fillers or Botox. That is simply not the case. Everyone has individual needs. At our office we make every effort to offer the perfect solution to each patient’s individual aging concerns.

Do you want to know how it feels to be carded at 42? It feels great! If you are interested in learning more… and what my secret is… or having a consultation to discuss anti-aging options that may be right for you please click here or telephone 905-849-4282.

Dr Rodger Shortt strives to be the best plastic surgeon in aesthetic, reconstructive and cosmetic procedures. He is committed to providing high quality patient care and achieving excellent results. He is considered one of the top plastic surgeons and one of the few plastic surgeons in Canada that has the top rating of five stars in Realself, Rate MD, and Ontario Doctor review. Dr Rodger Shortt is a specialist plastic surgeon who graduated from Queen’s Medical School in 2004 and became certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2009. He received further sub-specialty fellowship training with international plastic surgeons in micro-vascular breast reconstruction, cosmetic plastic surgery, and body contouring after bariatric (gastric banding) surgery, significant weight loss or post-pregnancy.

Reviews

I highly recommend Dr. Shortt to anyone requiring or considering specialized surgery.

I had peroneal nerve damage below my left knee, resulting in the inability to hold up my foot (drop foot), severe lower leg pain, and loss of sensation in most toes. This considerably affected my mobility and daily activities and, since I also required a knee replacement, I was starting to lose hope of ever being able to walk properly again. During my first visit with Dr. Short, he calmly and thoroughly explained the necessary surgery, its possible risks, and prognosis for recovery. Within two hours after Dr. Shortt performed the nerve surgery, I was thrilled to again be able to move my foot and toes! I had knee replacement surgery two weeks later, and, since my foot was steadily improving, was able to concentrate on learning to walk properly and perform all physio exercises. I was fortunate that Dr. Shortt performed the critical nerve surgery, and appreciate both his medical expertise and easygoing, confidence-inspiring, personality. I highly recommend Dr. Shortt to anyone requiring or considering specialized surgery.

Fabulous Doctor, Extremely smart ( like Mensa IQ ) with attention to detail.

Fabulous Doctor, Extremely smart ( like Mensa IQ) with attention to detail. Confident, clear, and precise in conversations. Hand surgery was done extremely well with 4 breaks in one shattered bone. Bone was wrapped and pinned in titanium chain links and micro screwed. Recover has been excellent I have 100% of mobility in my hand and work in home renovation. The scar is small pin sized line, not noticeable; no extra bumps or blemishes. Truly a five star surgeon. I am hoping he does face surgery.

I was so pleased that my GP referred me to Dr Shortt

I was so pleased that my GP referred me to Dr Shortt, for knee surgery. Excellent caring Doctor, if you need plastic surgery place Dr. Shortt, at the top of your list. Great experience, great results, this Doc, is a 10!

I simply cannot find enough superlatives to express my gratitude

I simply cannot find enough superlatives to express my gratitude to Dr. Short for his wonderful work.
I have, for many years now, had numerous black moles and dark spots on my face and they seemed to be multiplying. Dr. Short removed over 40 of these and when I left his office, I have to admit, I was worried. I looked pretty rough. But there are no crevices or dips in my skin (of which I thought there’d be many) and most incredibly there is no visible scarring at all. It’s hard for me to say how much better I feel now. I have a refreshed, natural look. I am a career musician and in the public eye so, needless to say, I feel so much more confident about my appearance.
Dr. Short was honest with me from the beginning. He clearly explained options to me but never made me feel that he was up selling other services. I was fearful and had huge reservations about having anybody touch my face but everything about my experience with Dr. Short and his staff was positive and I would have absolutely no hesitation to recommend him. He has my sincere thanks.

You can tell the enthusiasm and passion Dr.Shortt has for his work

From the get go the professionalism and expertise I had received far surpassed those from other consultations I had done. I had gone in for a breast augmentation and am amazed from the results. You can tell the enthusiasm and passion Dr.Shortt has for his work. He had stated that afterwards my breast would look “perfect”, I figured anything would be better then what I had. Unbelieving then, here I am now absolutely thrilled with the results. I had a tattoo where the implant incision would be, to my surprise Dr. Shortt was able to work around it as well.

Breast Augmentation – What an Amazing Doctor !

From the get go the professionalism and expertise I had received far surpassed those from other consultations I had done. I had gone in for a breast augmentation and am amazed from the results. You can tell the enthusiasm and passion Dr.Shortt has for his work. He had stated that afterwards my breast would look “perfect”, I figured anything would be better then what I had. Unbelieving then, here I am now absolutely thrilled with the results.

I had a tattoo where the implant insission would be, to my surprise Dr. Shortt was able to work around it as well.

The day of my surgery Dr. Shortt and his team made me feel very comfortable and well taken care of. Thank you again !

Dr. Shortt has a great eye and is a creative visionary

Everyone reacts differently to a diagnosis / treatment of breast cancer. For me, after the mastectomy, I no longer felt whole. I decided reconstructive surgery was the answer which was very intense – but no regrets. The results were good but I still felt a little mismatched. My surgeon referred me to Dr. Shortt. Like so many others on this site, I felt like he knew exactly what I was looking for and how to get there. Dr. Shortt has a great eye and is a creative visionary that can determine what need to be done, coupled with the skill to do it. What really differentiates him from the rest though, is his empathy and understanding. You don’t often find doctors who are good at combining the science with compassion. This was a surprising and greatly appreciated aspect of my care. I am 4 weeks post op now and I have to say the results are spectacular. I feel like the sisters have been reunited and I am whole again. If you have had reconstructive surgery and feel you need a little more finessing, take my advice and make it happen. You will be glad you did. I would highly recommend Dr. Shortt to my closest friends and family and to anyone looking for cosmetic improvements.

Thank you again,

Susan

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