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.


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.