Plastic Surgery

Dr. Steve Merten

Steve Merten

With over 20 years experience and a recognised leader in the field of cosmetic plastic surgery, Dr. Steve Merten is an Australian trained Specialist Plastic Surgeon, trained under the esteemed Royal Australian College of Surgeons. Dr Merten specialises in reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery, with primary interest and expertise in all aspects of cosmetic plastic surgery including breast plastic surgery (Breast Enlargement, Breast Reduction and Breast Lift), Facial cosmetic plastic surgery (Facelift, Necklift, Browlift, Eyelid Rejuvenation and Nose surgery (rhinoplasty) and body contouring procedures such as Abdominoplasty and plastic surgery after massive weight loss (body lifts, arm and thigh reduction surgery). Dr Merten also has a special interest in “top” plastic surgery for gender dysphoria, to correct the chest contour for these patients.

With academic appointments at Concord Hospital, a major teaching plastic surgery unit in Sydney, and Macquarie University, where he is Fellowship Director in Advanced Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery at Macquarie University Hospital, Dr Merten has personally trained over 30 younger plastic surgeons, both local and international, in advanced cosmetic and plastic surgery.

Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Merten has helped patients both locally and internationally achieve their goals, with beautiful and natural-looking results.

“The key to achieving a great result is by listening to your concerns, careful planning and meticulous surgery. From pre-surgery planning to final recovery, I will always provide you with the most open and honest information to serve your best interests. I strive to make your journey in achieving your desired goals as easy as possible. We will never make you feel pressured into making decisions, but will guide you to making the best choices, ultimately achieving the best possible outcomes. ”
Dr. Steve Merten

The Road to Becoming a Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Merten completed his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery from Sydney University in 1991, and after 11 years of intense and rigorous training, was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in 2001. Following this, Dr Merten completed Fellowships in Aesthetic (Cosmetic) Surgery at the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery and Monash University, and a Fellowship in Breast Reconstruction at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Dr Merten has been in practice since 2002 as a specialist plastic surgeon.

Current and Previous Appointments

Over the course of his 20 year career, Dr Merten has been a leader in plastic surgery education and training. Dr Merten currently holds the following positions:

  • Clinical Senior Lecturer in Cosmetic Plastic Surgery and Plastic Surgery Fellowship Program Director at Macquarie University, Sydney
    In this position, he is responsible for the advanced training of both Australian and International plastic surgeons, with an emphasis on knowledge, surgical skill and a high standard of professional standards.
  • Consultant Plastic Surgeon Concord Hospital, Sydney
    A major teaching hospital in Sydney, where Dr Merten is responsible for training young plastic surgeons, as well as providing plastic surgery services for this major hospital in inner western Sydney.
  • Supervisor of Plastic Surgery Training, Concord Hospital
    Dr Merten is directly responsible for the training of advanced plastic surgery registrars, and sits on the NSW Plastic Surgery Training Subcommittee, which coordinates and supervises local training plastic surgeons.
  • Consultant Plastic Surgeon at numerous top Sydney private hospitals, including:
    • Macquarie University Hospital
    • Hunters Hill Private Hospital
    • North Shore Specialist Day Hospital

Dr. Merten has also previously filled a number of highly prestigious professional roles including:

  • President, NSW Chapter, Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), 2009 – 2011, the primary educational and representative group for plastic surgery in Australia.
  • Plastic Surgery Representative, NSW Subcommittee, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, 2009-2010
  • Head of Plastic Surgery, Concord Hospital, Sydney 2007 – 2010, a leading teaching hospital, responsible for the training of Australian plastic surgeons.
  • Consultant, Workcover NSW, Hand/Faciomaxillary Advisory Panel, 2009- 2010

Professional Associations

Dr Merten is a currently a member or Fellow of a number of respected professional organisations, including:

  • Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)
  • Member, Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
  • Member, Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS)
  • Member, Australian Medical Association

Research and Publication

Dr Merten has also published his research widely in numerous international peer-recognised medical and plastic surgery journals, and continues to be active in world-leading plastic surgery research. These include:

  1. The cellular basis of cardiac allograft rejection: VIII. Mechanisms underlying delayed allograft rejection in PVG C6-deficient rats.
    Merten S, Chen JC, Ha H, Plain K, Boyd RA, Penny MJ, Leenaerts P, Hall BM
    Transplantation. 1998 May 15; 65(9):1152-8.
  2. Silicone in nasal augmentation rhinoplasty: a decade of clinical experience.
    Deva AK, Merten S, Chang L.
    Plast Reconstr Surg. 1998 Sep; 102(4):1230-7.
  3. Induction of specific tolerance to allografts in rats by therapy with non-mitogenic, non-depleting anti-CD3 monoclonal antibody: association with TH2 cytokines not anergy.
    Plain KM, Chen J, Merten S, He XY, Hall BM
    Transplantation. 1999 Feb 27; 67(4):605-13.
  4. Peritonectomy and intraperitoneal chemotherapy in appendiceal and colorectal cancer.
    Horsell KW, Merten S, Clingan P, King DW, Morris DL.
    ANZ J Surg. 1999 Oct; 69(10):729-32.
  5. Topical negative pressure in wound management.
    Deva AK, Merten S et al.
    Med J Aust. 2000 Aug 7; 173(3):128-31.
  6. The Submental Artery Island Flap for Head and Neck Reconstruction
    S.L. Merten, R.P. Jiang, D. Caminer
    ANZ J Surg. 2002 Feb; 72(2):121-4
  7. The “Extended Pedicle” Gastrocnemius Free Muscle Flap
    S.L. Merten, P.D. Rome, H.S. Stern, D.G. Pennington
    Plast Reconstr Surg. 2003 Jul;112(1):204-9
  8. Detection of bacterial biofilm in double capsule surrounding mammary implants – findings in human and porcine breast augmentation
    Allan JA, Jacombs ASW, Hu H, Merten SL, Deva AK.
    Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 2012;129(3):578e-80e.
  9. Pedicle particulars
    Murphy SM, Merten S..
    J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2013 May 7.
  10. The Capsular Hammock Flap for Correction of Breast Implant Ptosis
    Louis Wessels, Siun Murphy, Steven Merten
    Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. January 2014
  11. Chronic biofilm infection in breast implants is associated with an increased T cell lymphocytic infiltrate – implications for breast implant associated lymphoma.Hu H, Jacombs A, Vickery K, Merten SL, Pennington DG, Deva AK. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Nov 7

Courses and Conferences

Dr Merten regularly attends Australia-wide and International conferences so as to stay up-to-date on the very latest advances in cosmetic and plastic surgery. The latest of these include:

  • 1999, “Rhinoplasty” Aesthetic Surgery Workshop, Melbourne
    Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Advanced Trainees Conference
  • 1999, “Breast Surgery and Body Contouring” Aesthetic Surgery Workshop, Melbourne
    RACS Annual Scientific Congress, Melbourne
    Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Advanced Trainees Conference
    Flap Dissection Course, Adelaide
  • 2000, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Advanced Trainees Conference
  • 2001, Residents Research Day, Vancouver, Canada
    American SAPS Annual Meeting, Las Vegas USA
    ANZ Head and Neck Society, 4th Annual Scientific Congress, Invited Speaker
  • 2002, Aesthetic Surgery Workshop, Melbourne
    ASAPS Annual Conference, Hunter Valley, NSW
  • 2003, Aesthetic Surgery Workshop, Melbourne
    ASAPS Annual Conference, Bunker Bay, WA
  • 2004, Aesthetic Surgery Workshop, Melbourne
    ASAPS Annual Conference, Gold Coast, QLD
  • 2005, Aesthetic Surgery Workshop, Melbourne
    RACS ASC, Sydney, NSW
    Risk Management Workshop, Sydney
    ASAPS Annual Conference, Hobart
  • 2006, Aesthetic Surgery Workshop, Melbourne
    ASAPS Annual Conference
  • 2007, Aesthetic Surgery Workshop, Melbourne
    ASAPS Annual Conference
  • 2008, Aesthetic Surgery Workshop, Melbourne
    ASAPS Annual Conference
  • 2009, Aesthetic Surgery Workshop, Melbourne
    ASAPS Annual Conference
  • 2010, Aesthetic Surgery Workshop, Melbourne
    ASAPS Annual Conference
    Plastic Surgery Congress, Gold Coast, Queensland
  • 2012, Aesthetic Surgery Workshop, Melbourne
    ASAPS Annual Conference, Darwin, NT
  • 2013, ASAPS Annual Conference, Port Douglas
  • 2014, Aesthetic Surgery Workshop, Melbourne
  • 2014 ASAPS Annual Conference, Hobart
  • 2014, QMP Aesthetic Surgery Symposium, Chicago, USA
  • 2015 Aesthetic Surgery Workshop, Melbourne

Presentations at National/International Meetings

  1. The cellular basis of cardiac allograft rejection. Mechanisms underlying delayed allograft rejection in PVG C6-deficient rats.
    Transplant Society of Australia & NZ Scientific Meeting, Canberra 1997
  2. The role of T cells in delayed rejection of guinea-pig cardiac grafts in complement deficient PVG rats.
    Transplant Society of Australia & NZ Scientific Meeting, Canberra 1997 “President’s Prize” Category, Awarded “Young Investigators Award”
  3. Negative Pressure Dressings for Management of Complex Wounds
    Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Advanced Trainees Conference, Sydney 1998
  4. The Submental Flap in Head and Neck Reconstruction
    Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Advanced Trainees Conference 1999
  5. The “Extended Pedicle” Gastrocnemius Free Muscle Flap
    RACS Annual Scientific Congress, Melbourne 2001
  6. Median Sternotomy infection and instability: the role of early intervention in 150 consecutive cases
    Residents Research Day, Vancouver, Canada 2002
  7. The Submental Artery Island Flap for Head and Neck Reconstruction
    ANZ Head and Neck Society, 4th Annual Scientific Conference, Sydney 2002
  8. The Capsular Hammock Flap for Correction of Breast Implant Ptosis
    ASAPS Annual Conference, Port Douglas, 2013
    Winner Best Short Paper Prize
  9. “A wise or vertical decision?”
    Satisfaction with the superomedial pedicle breast reduction using the Breast-Q™
    ASAPS Annual Conference, Port Douglas, 2013

Current Hospital Appointments

Dr. Merten holds Consultant Plastic Surgeon appointments at numerous prestigious Sydney hospitals and surgical centres:

  • North Shore Specialist Day Surgery, Sydney
  • Hunters Hill Private Hospital, Sydney
  • Macquarie University Hospital, Sydney
  • Concord Repatriation General Hospital, Sydney

Awards

  • Best Cosmetic Surgery Short Presentation, “The Capsular ‘Hammock’ Flap for Breast Implant Ptosis.” 2013

Media

Dr Merten is on the forefront of delivering ethical information to the public. He has regularly been featured in Vogue, and commentary in various publications such as Harley Medical, SMH, New Idea. Harpers Bazaar, The Sunday Telegraph, Woman’s Day. News.com.au, Cosmopolitan and Good Health Magazine. He is a regular guest blogger for Macquarie University Hospital.

Over the years, Dr. Merten has earned a reputation for being highly dedicated to the advancement of the field of plastic surgery and his intense dedication to his patients. He is strongly committed to providing his patients with the highest-quality, most effective and safest plastic surgery techniques available today.