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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.

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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