When can I see Dr Merten for a consultation?
Dr Merten at Pure Aesthetics is located in Sydney City and Macquarie University Hospital Clinics and provides a wide range of cosmetic surgery treatments and non-surgical treatments including breast implants, enlargements and reduction.
How long is the consultation?
Your initial consultation will take about 45 minutes and you will be given information sheets to take home. Feel free to bring a friend or spouse with you if you like.
How many consultations do I need prior to surgery?
Generally, 2 consultations are recommended so we can provide you with as much information as you need prior to surgery.
Do I need a referral?
A referral from your GP is preferred as this provides us with your medical history. Some procedures are eligible for rebates, and your consultation may be partly rebateable from Medicare, health funds if you have a referral from your GP.
Can I see pictures of Dr Merten’s previous work?
Yes, during your consultation, Dr Merten will be more than happy to show you the before and after photos of actual patients. These photos have not been altered in any way.
Will health insurance cover some costs?
If a procedure is recognised under Medicare, you may be able to claim a rebate for the procedure and hospital fee from your health insurance provider. Please check your level of cover.
Are there any pre-operative instructions?
We will provide you with an information sheet to prepare for your procedure. There are a number of
medications you should not take 2 weeks prior to surgery and 1 week after surgery. These are aspirin containing medications, which interferes with blood clotting. Also, you must not eat or drink 6 hours prior to surgery.
I am a smoker. Do I need to stop smoking and if so, how long?
For your general health and wellbeing and to improve wound healing, patients are required to stop smoking at least 6 weeks before surgery and continue this for as long as possible after surgery. If you are unable to stop smoking, please use patches or gum.
Do I need a pre-operative assessment?
In some circumstances, you will need a pre-operative assessment with a public hospital or with our specialist anaesthetist. Dr Merten will advise you if you require this.
When can I be discharged?
Depending on the procedure, your hospital stay may be day-only or overnight. Dr Merten will advise your estimated date of discharge.
When is my first post-op visit?
Usually within 1 week after your procedure