Why I Love Being a Plastic Surgeon

by | Plastic Surgery

I love plastic surgery and feel so lucky that I get to do what I do. I have never woken up and not wanted to go to work. I take my work very seriously but have a lot of fun in the process. I work with great people. My staff is an amazing team and they really care for my patients, for each other, and for me. It is a real treat to work in such a wonderful environment.

I love the creativity and artistry required to sculpt a beautiful result. The same way a painter sees art on a blank canvas or a sculptor sees a statue in a piece of rock, I see the potential beauty in my patients’ form. I see the hidden youth and attractiveness in patients considering a facelift or eyelid surgery. For patients considering a breast lift or breast augmentation I see the potential to create a beautiful shape. For patients considering a tummy tuck or liposuction I can envision the contours and enhanced appearance. I love being able to see this potential and then use the skills I have developed over the years to try and deliver that to my patients.

I love the precision and the dedication to perfection it takes to do what I do well. In some cases, less than a single millimetre of error is the difference between success and catastrophe. Although many might find this stressful, I find it exhilarating. After everything turns out well, it gives me a sense of pride and accomplishment.

I also love the relationships I make with my patients. I spend a lot of time with my patients before, during and after surgery. During that time, we get to know each other well. As much as I enjoy surgery, the whole purpose is to care for patients. These relationships make my work and life richer. People put their trust and faith in me. They put their hopes in me to fulfill the dreams they have for their appearance. I feel very honoured by that and take that responsibility very seriously. My job is to perform excellent surgery to help my patients obtain their goals, enhance their self-esteem and possibly to even make them happier. I pride myself on being not just a plastic surgeon, but a doctor first and foremost. And at the heart of being a great doctor is the people you care for.

However, the most fun part of my job… this may surprise you, as most people think that surgeons just want to operate, which I definitely do… but for me the very best part of my job is the “big reveal”. When we remove the dressings and patients get to see what it was all for. I love the look of my patient’s face when they see their new body. Their pretty new shape. Their younger face. I love hearing how that makes them feel. I love the jaw-drop stares of spouses as they see their wife’s new body. I love the joyful tears people get when they realize what a change they have gone through. That more than anything is the biggest rush in what I do.

Do I feel lucky to be a plastic surgeon? I sure do and I feel thankful every day.

To book a consultation with Dr Rodger Shortt, click here or telephone 905-849-4282.

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. Dr Rodger Shortt strives to be the best plastic surgeon in breast surgery, tummy tuck surgery and mommy makeover procedures. and 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.


So unbelievably happy with my tummy tuck results with Dr. Shortt!

So unbelievably happy with my tummy tuck results with Dr. Shortt! After having two big babies (9&11.5 lb) I was left with stretched abdominal skin and a gap in my abdominal wall that no amount of working out was going to fix (and I tried!!!) I knew I was going to need surgery but it was a long road of research and decision making including visiting many surgeons before making my decision to go with Dr. Shortt. He did not disappoint! From the appointments, to the surgery techniques, products, his nursing and support staff, and after surgery care I could not be happier with my decision to go with him nor with my results. To start Dr. Shortt was very personable, he listened to what I wanted and seemed to really care about my concerns and get what I was looking for. Dr. Shortt was able to clearly explain his techniques and provide me with numerous before and after pictures. I had zero complications throughout surgery and my recovery and believe that was definitely due to the time and care Dr. Shortt took with me. I am so happy with my results and my decision to go with Dr. Shortt! I would highly recommend him!!!!

Fabulous Surgeon Fabulous Results

My experience with Dr. Shortt was fantastic. He is very personable and the first time I met him he had my trust. I have had two procedures done by Dr. Shortt and am extremely happy with the results. He takes the time with you to explain everything and is up front about what you can expect from the procedure. I would recommend Dr. Shortt to anyone.

Breast lift with 265 silicone implants, tummy tuck and umbilical hernia

I am a mommy of 3 lovely children and breast feed each of them. 44 years old, 140 pounds, active/fit person. After gaining and losing 50+ pounds three times I didn’t like the extra skin on my tummy and the “pancake” look my boobs had taken on. I originally saw Dr.Shortt in September and was only planning on doing fat transfer to my breasts and mini tuck. After many hours on this site and researching the heck out of everything I decided to do a small implant/ lift and tummy tuck but only moving my belly button down (not making a new one) Plus, I wanted the incision super low and not as long as usual so I can still wear a low string bikini. I should have started my review earlier as I’m on day 4 now but I figured better late than never. For the upcoming weeks before surgery I was thinking of canceling as $20k+ and 4-6 weeks of hell as a busy mom of three just feels irresponsible, but i kept telling myself that I MATTER TOO, I’m doing this!!! So here we are… it’s done no turning back now lol

I had the most wonderful experience with Dr. Shortt

I had the most wonderful experience with Dr. Shortt – I have had two major procedures with him and am BEYOND thrilled with my results. He is the best there is and I would highly recommend him to all my family and friends. I will be forever grateful for everything he has done. Start to finish it was an amazing experience. Thank you again Dr. Shortt and your awesome staff!

I had a tummy tuck and breast reduction with Dr.Shortt

I had a tummy tuck and breast reduction with Dr.Shortt and I am BEYOND thrilled with my results. He is such an amazing surgeon – he is knowledgeable, super talented and so helpful every step of the way and the results are truly amazing – he has changed me life and given me a whole new fabulous me!! I would highly highly recommend Dr Shortt to all my friends and family! Thank you again SO much Dr Shortt.

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!

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