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I often see patients who complain about looking older than they feel, or of being told they “look tired all the time.” Eyelid (or blepharoplasty) surgery can make a tremendous improvement to a person’s appearance, giving them a younger, fresher look.

When would someone consider having a blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)?

A Blepharoplasty is usually used to treat excessive eyelid skin, bags around the eyes, or to reduce the effects of aging. This procedure typically involves removal of sagging skin of the upper or lower, or both eyelids. Oftentimes, the fat around the eye bulges with age. If this is the case, the excess fat is either removed or repositioned. A droopy brow is generally part of, if not the entire problem, creating the illusion of excessive eyelid skin. For best results, the eyelids and brow must really be considered together.

It is important to mention that a Blepharoplasty will not remove dark pigmentation under the eyes, nor will it completely eliminate lines such as ‘crow’s feet’. Adjunctive treatments can be helpful for those problems.

In your consultation, I will discuss your desired outcome, as well as evaluate the shape of your eyes, symmetry, and the proportion of the tear troughs in relation to the cheeks. A surgical plan will be carefully developed, while your pre and post operative expectations are discussed. It is very important to assess the position of the eyebrow.

What is the typical recovery time with eyelid surgery?

Blepharoplasty is typically a day surgery and is performed either under general anaesthetic, or heavy sedation and local anaesthesia. The operation takes between one and two hours. The recovery is generally straightforward. Bruising and swelling improves significantly over the first seven to ten days, resolving entirely by up to three months.

I recommend taking two weeks off work, and if you have an important event coming up, try to allow six weeks recovery. Incisions are placed in skin creases and are barely perceptible after they have healed. Walking is encouraged, but no heavy exercise should be performed for one month.

The results of this procedure are fairly immediate, however, as the face ages revisions may be necessary. You should expect the benefits to last for 10 to 15 years, depending on what has been done.

Eyelid surgery is very common and the results can be excellent. It is important to choose a surgeon that you are comfortable with, who has taken the time to assess your entire eye region, including your brow, lids, and cheek.

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As seen in Spa Life Magazine: Ask the Experts Blepharoplasty

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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!

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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

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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.

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