Popular plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery FAQs for Dr Rebecca Wyten, Specialist Plastic Surgeon for Women
SURGEON CONSULTATION FAQs
HOW MUCH IS A CONSULTATION?
A Consultation with Dr Wyten is $300.
HOW SOON CAN I GET A CONSULTATION?
What is the waiting time for a consult with Dr Rebecca Wyten – Melbourne Plastic Surgeon?
- Dr Wyten is always busy and it helps to plan ahead and to try NOT to change an existing appointment time
- With clever management of her consultation diaries and theatre dates, we can typically arrange your consultation within a few weeks
- Occasionally her schedules will be more difficult and have longer waiting periods, such as when she presents at conferences such as ASAPS
WHEN CAN I SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION?
- Last-minute consultations are often available as some patients may need to reschedule at short notice
- Initial consultations may also be available after-hours and on Saturday mornings – please ask your Patient Care Coordinator
PLANNING & SCHEDULING Your Surgery FAQs
HOW LONG WILL I NEED TO WAIT FOR SURGERY?
- We work hard to accommodate special date requests for most patients and minimise surgical and consult wait times.
- Sometimes surgery can also be arranged in a short period of time after the mandatory waiting period of 7 days.
- It’s usually best to plan for your surgery so you can arrange time off from your normal activities so you can rest, recover and heal properly.
- There are mandatory wait times, however, so if you have a specific date in mind, please get in touch with us as soon as possible to help you schedule your Surgery to best meet your scheduling preferences.
- Surgery wait times can vary depending on the time of year and other factors including the type of surgery you are wanting and whether there is preparation required for your procedure.
- Sometimes your Surgeon may have a month to six month waiting period for surgery; so it pays to get your desired surgery date booked as far in advance as possible, especially if you NEED to have surgery on a specific week or time of year (over Christmas or school holidays, for example).
- Stand-by surgery times can also be available at short notice, as occasionally patients need to reschedule for personal reasons (e.g. due to illness) – please ask.
WHAT ARE THE MANDATORY WAITING PERIODS FOR COSMETIC SURGERY?
- There is a mandatory cooling-off period for some procedures.
- Insured patients or medically necessary procedures may incur delays:
- you may need to seek permission or assess coverage and/orprovide extensive documentation and photographs in order to apply for rebates from Medicare and Insurance companies for some procedures.
- If you are NOT insured and are payment methods your own surgery – you could have surgery now – please enquire about “Stand by” surgery lists and prices.
WHAT ARE THE BUSY AND BEST TIMES OF THE YEAR TO HAVE SURGERY?
- Around the start of all the school holidays is a busy time. Many patients choose to have surgery pre and post-Xmas day to recover during the Summer Holidays. Others choose Easter Holiday breaks, mid-year breaks or September School Holidays.
- Surgery, while the kids are at school, can reduce disruption to the family.
- February and November are usually the quietest months for surgery.
- Some patients choose Winter months as a good time to have plastic surgery because you can hibernate and recover at home.
PLASTIC SURGERY AGE LIMITS
IS THERE A MINIMUM AGE FOR PLASTIC OR COSMETIC SURGERY?
We prefer a minimum age of 18 years, although some younger patients can be operated on for corrective or reconstructive purposes. We are well aware of the difficult life faced by teenagers that are not considered to have “normal looks” by their peers – especially the consequences of being bullied at school. You are welcome to bring in your daughter or son for a talk about their future possibilities.
WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM AGE FOR PLASTIC SURGERY?
Many patients in their 50’s and 60’s ask whether they are too old for Plastic Surgery. The general answer is you are NOT too old for surgery if you are in good health, and we see many patients of different ages transforming their lives with face, body and breast surgery. We have had plastic surgery patients as old as 80. You’re never too old to look your best!
Which Melbourne Hospitals does Dr Wyten operate at?
Dr Wyten only operates at these Accredited Private Hospitals.
- St John Of God Hospital – Berwick
- St Vincent’s Private Hospital – Kew
- Our Hawthorn Clinic Procedure Room (for small scar revisions only)
All her major plastic surgery procedures are performed at accredited Hospitals for their patient-safety measures and excellent patient care from fully-qualified medical and surgical staff,
Note that many ‘Cosmetic Surgeons’ or doctors often don’t have operating rights in actual hospitals. Having a major surgery in the back room of someone’s clinic may not be as good for patient-safety as having surgery in a genuine hospital.
Which Anaesthetists do you use?
Dr Wyten has a very small, select group of anaesthetists for her procedures. They are all from the Berwick Anaesthetist Group and include
- Rob James
- Yvette D’Oliviero
- Suran Wickramadhichi
Most of our anaesthetists have been with our surgeons for many years, making them experts in plastic surgery anaesthesia.
This results in a shorter anaesthetic with minimal chance of post-operative complications and better postoperative pain management.
Where indicated, our anaesthetists organise for Patient Controlled Analgesia devices to be implemented, for efficient post-operative pain management in the ward.
All Anaesthetists are fully qualified and experienced in working in accredited hospitals.
SHOULD I HAVE SEPARATE OR COMBINED PROCEDURES?
There are both advantages and disadvantages for combining your plastic surgeries. One big advantage is the saving of money, time and recovery downtime.
We offer a discount on any second or third procedure done at the same time as the first procedure while in hospital. Your hospital fees and anaesthetist fees will also be less if you combine your procedures.
Many significant weight loss patients could have combined operations. The downside is the real risk and recovery time from such a large combined operation, especially in a previously obese patient.
MANY PATIENTS COMBINE PROCEDURES FOR A “MAKEOVER” EFFECT.
- Combining Breast and Tummy procedures (a mummy makeover)
- Add extra Liposuction for better results (remove stubborn fat pockets)
Depending on your overall health, ability to recover or for a better aesthetic result, your surgeon may ask you to do your surgeries separately – in a staged procedure. This can cost more but is done to reduce risks, reduce the chance of infection and get a better final result.
Cosmetic Surgery FAQs Disclaimers
- Note this information on surgery FAQS including recovery times and scars is general information only.
- This information does not constitute medical advice nor a medical relationship.
- These answers may be subject to changes and should not be substituted for direct information given to you by Dr Wyten