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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.

Reviews

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

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.

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