PATIENT RESOURCES / DR’s Blog

It really means something different to everybody, because everyone responds a bit differently to how they lose weight. The most common areas for this surgery after losing a lot of weight are the chest, breasts, buttocks, abdomen, rolls in the back, or even in the neck and face.

Patients who are generally interested in this procedure may have lost a significant amount of weight and are unhappy with an excess of sagging skin that will not shrink with regular exercise, or may have a desire to remove stretched or loose skin from pregnancy, or may feel self conscious due to excess skin that has affected how they look in clothing.

Why do people need body contouring surgery?

The simple answer is that skin does not respond the same way as fat does. When you undergo a diet and exercise program, fat responds by shrinking, but skin doesn’t. Skin stays there and it just hangs in place. I have had patients who have lost 50lbs, 100lbs and 200lbs and they tell me that they still feel fat because of all the excess skin on their bodies that they need to get rid of. I have had patients who have undergone body contouring surgery and they have told me how much more confident they feel in their bodies, without the loose, hanging skin.

The type of surgery to have done really depends on your own individual needs. For most patients, the surgery they would get the most out of is a circumferential abdominoplasty or a body lift, and this includes the abdomen, the lateral thighs, the buttocks and the rolls in the back. This surgery addresses more areas of concern than anything else. If there are additional areas of concern, that would be something to address with a secondary surgery at a later date, and those would typically be the areas of the arms, chest, or even the neck if that is a concern.

During a private consultation, we will spend a lot of time talking about your cosmetic concerns, but also about your health. The most important goal is that we do this surgery in a safe fashion – we want the results to look amazing, but we want it to be done safely and we want you to heal well. We will spend a lot of time going over your medical history to make sure that we optimize things as much as we can.

What is the recovery time?

Body contouring or body lift surgery may involve one or more surgical procedures, which are based on your individual needs. Recovery is very specific to the procedures that are done. In general, if you have a circumferential body lift you should expect the first week to be moving slowly. By the end of the second week you will feel well and will be free to do most activities by 6 weeks. As with any surgery under general anaesthetic, there are potential risks or complications to consider.

Watch the following video to learn more about body contouring surgery: drshortt.com/faq/videos

If you are interested in body contouring surgery, Click here to book a consultation with Dr Shortt or telephone 905-849-4282.

Testimonials

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

Amazing plastic surgeon

Amazing plastic surgeon who was initially referred to me by another plastic surgeon. From my first consultation, Dr Shortt immediately knew what surgical procedures were the best option for my situation. No hesitation in diagnosis and recommended plan of action. I’m a breast cancer survivor and I thought a breast reconstruction was a lost cause for me due to my extension radiation treatments and consequential skin damage. Dr Shortt was very methodical and professional throughout the entire 18 month process. Before each surgery, I witnessed assertiveness and confidence with a sure hand mapping my body with his sharpie pen. He made me feel at ease with his good sense of humour and music.
My breast cancer journey is at long last over and I am quite happy with the final results. I feel rejuvenated and have gained my confidence back. I am so glad that I didn’t hesitate with my initial decision to go forward with the breast reconstruction. Thank you so much Dr. Shortt.

Nicest doctor ever

Dr. Shortt made my experience so wonderful and easy, he listened to all my concerns and was so helpful with everything. I had small implants put in to correct my tuberous breast and didn’t want too much of a visible change in size, he did exactly that and was so helpful throughout the whole process and made things very easy. I can’t thank I’m enough!

Amazing Experience with Dr. Shortt

I had an amazing experience with Dr. Shortt and his staff. I am so thankful to have had such a skilled surgeon and I am extremely happy with the results and I am glad I went through with the procedure/ chose Dr. Shortt as my surgeon. When I went for my pre-op check-up with my GP he asked who my surgeon was and when I told him it was Dr. Shortt he said that Dr. Shortt is a very good surgeon/ “one of the best.” The consultation process was excellent, I had more questions than the average patient. I asked specific questions about the procedure and the techniques that he uses for the surgery and he was more than happy to answer all my questions and let me know that I could come back for further consultations if I had more questions etc.

I highly recommend Dr. Shortt

I highly recommend Dr. Shortt. I recently had laser surgery on my face and am very pleased with the results. Dr. Shortt was patient, understanding and answered all my questions during our consultation. I later had some concerns about the surgery and Dr. Shortt listened to them and modified the procedure for me. I felt completely confident in his skill, expertise and professionalism and am very glad I went ahead with the surgery.

Feel and look better than ever before.


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