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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.

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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