Plastic Surgery: Do You Get What You Pay For?

by | Botox, Fillers, Nose (Rhinoplasty), Plastic Surgery

Everyone knows the saying, “You get what you pay for”. When it comes to plastic surgery is it really true? The answer is yes and no. How’s that for cryptic? Here’s what I mean…

This is your body or your face. You only have one of each. Do you really want to ‘chance’ it to someone that may not give you the result you want, or worse create a disaster?

Sure, it is tempting to save a little bit of money. Or get extra work for the same price. However, after having treated a number of botched jobs done elsewhere over the years I can only say… “choose your surgeon and your clinic wisely”.

I have seen patients come back from all over the world with disastrous results. They obviously went there with the impression that their surgeon was qualified and going to provide them the same quality care and the same results as if they had their surgery here in Canada. Unfortunately that just did not happen. I have seen wounds in multiple parts of the body break down; creases of skin in the face where a shoddy facelift was done; incisions that could otherwise be well hidden displayed across the legs for all to see; belly buttons that festered leaving a 3 inch hole to the abdomen and frightening looking nose jobs. I have seen patients so sick from sepsis they were quickly put on a plane by their surgeons and told to come straight to the hospital emergency department when they got back to Canada.

What happens then? Well obviously, my first priority is to care for these patients. To make them well and enable them to heal. Following that though it is really up to the patient. Do they live with the disfigurement? Do they go back to the same surgeon to get it “corrected”? Do they choose a surgeon in Canada to fix it? Regardless, there are two truths that come no matter what:

1 – They will never get the result that they could have if they had chosen a respectable surgeon in the first place.

2 – The cost of their original surgery and the one or two corrective procedures will far exceed getting it done right once the first time.

So what about closer to home?

Like any profession, there are good and bad doctors and good and bad surgeons. When looking for a surgeon make sure that you do your research. Look at review sites such as RateMD and Realself. See what the consensus is. Don’t let one or two negative comments sway you, rather see what the trend of the comments are. Talk to your doctor or friends that have been to them.

Are they going to provide you with the result that you want? Are they going to take the time to listen to you so that they can customize your surgery? Every patient is unique and the goals of surgery should be considered to best match each individual patient.

Are they rushing you to decide? You should be given the opportunity to speak to your surgeon, go away and think about things, then bring your questions back for a second consultation (sometimes a third or fourth). It is better to be sure up front, than make a rash decision. It is the best way to ensure that your goals are understood, your concerns alleviated, and for you to gain comfort with your plastic surgeon.

Do you think that your surgeon will be there to care for you after your surgery? This is where so much of the travel-medicine fails. Not only are the surgeons potentially less qualified, but they can’t treat their patients after the fact. Unfortunately there are surgeons in Canada that treat their patients the same way. They take your money then leave you to your own devices after surgery. If you don’t think that your surgeon will be as committed to your wellbeing after surgery as they were beforehand, then find another surgeon!

Do you get the sense that your surgery is a top priority to them? I look at every surgery I do as a top priority. I want to provide excellent results for my patients every time and I want to maintain an excellent reputation. My reputation is very much built by providing comprehensive care before, during, and after surgery. I work hard to maintain that level of care and have staff that care just as much. If you don’t get the feeling that your surgeon is putting your surgery as their top priority, move along!

Then there is the question of the medical aesthetics…

This includes laser treatments, fillers, Botox and the like. Not all things have to be done by a doctor. Lots of very qualified people that are not plastic surgeons do a great job. In my office I have a terrific nurse and aesthetician that provide excellent care and amazing results. They have the same overriding philosophy of patient care as I do and they were selected very carefully by our practise to make sure that they will provide the best results possible. The loyalty that their patients show by coming back over the years is a testament to that. Our goal is to create life-long patients that will be satisfied and refer their friends. This is very different from going to a spa with a Groupon offer.

Furthermore, by providing you with only what you need to look your best rather than trying to do a high volume of product sale, you likely save money and definitely get better value at a reputable office. It is amazing to me to see the money people spend at spas for medical treatment. They think they have such a great deal because the unit price is low. At the end of the day, the spa makes its money by injecting far too much product and the patient pays more and gets a less-natural-looking-result.

With all this said, it doesn’t mean you should find the most expensive clinic and go there. There are lots of businesses, and plastic surgery is no different, where people will charge you a fortune to convince you they are the best. Good for them, they are excellent at marketing. But that does not guarantee value or comprehensive care. Ideally… find a clinic or surgeon that has a great reputation for providing excellent results, offering great care, and always willing to look after you. If you don’t think their goal is to provide the best possible results every single time, you should find another clinic or surgeon.

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Dr. Rodger Shortt strives to be the best plastic surgeon aesthetic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. 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.


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.