PATIENT RESOURCES / DR’s Blog

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.

Testimonials

Absolutely hands down the best!

Absolutely hands down the best! Dr Shortt is very skilled surgeon and has a warm, caring personality along with a sense of humour which will keep you at ease throughout the whole process. You are in the best hands should you choose Dr. Shortt. Thank you Dr Shortt and Joanne for making my surgical journey a great experience!

It’s Been 28 Years …

I was reviewing breast transfer procedures on real self. Dr. Shorrt had comment on a previous post. I checked out his profile/website and decided to go for a consultation. I was glad that he actually conducted the consultation. I’ve been to one where the Dr.’s assistant did the initial one. He was very easy to talk , to express your concerns. He was very knowledge. Some doctors are in rush to explain things. “You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression” . I felt very comfortable right away. I knew I wanted him to be my surgeon.

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

Thankful for High Standards

I had lost an excessive amount of weight. After success in living a healthier lifestyle I found that the extra skin impacted my health in other ways. Dr Short completed a Belt Lipectomy.
My experience through the consultation visits and pre and post surgery was very positive!
Dr. Shortt was detailed with my questions leaving nothing to my imagination, defining the realities I would experience throughout the process. He was specific through the preparatory work that needed to happen and made me feel connected and comfortable with the procedure.
Dr. Shortt is professional, extremely knowledgeable as a plastic surgeon, and has the ability to communicate to people with clarity during each appointment!
I have also appreciated the office environment and connections with Joanne as she answered my questions with efficiency and genuine care.
Dr. Shortt is highly skilled in what he does, and he has the character of caring and valuing as he speaks with you. Dr. Shortt wants great results for each person and sets a very high standard, in which I am grateful!
I am really happy with the whole process from start to finish and excited about the outcome of having this surgery!
Thank you Dr. Shortt!

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.

Feel and look better than ever before.


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