David is currently a full time ophthalmic and oculoplastic consultant for both the Dudley Group of Hospitals and the Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trusts serving Birmingham, West Bromwich and Dudley. In addition, David also runs a busy private practice specialising in all aspects of cosmetic and reconstructive eyelid surgery and lacrimal orbital disease.
Mr Cheung was born and brought up in Birmingham, UK.
He graduated from the University of Bristol Medical School with a both a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacology in 1991 and a Bachelor of Medicine degree in 1994 winning several prizes and scholarships.
After initial experience in Neurology, Rheumatology, General Medicine, General Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery and accident and emergency, David went into undergraduate teaching as an Anatomy and Physiology demonstrator and Sheffield School of Biomedical Sciences.
David then embarked on a career in ophthalmology working in multiple busy units in the UK including Cheltenham, Sheffield, Birmingham, Bradford, Wolverhampton, Leicester and London.
Mr Cheung has numerous postgraduate qualifications including being a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists in London.
He has been an ophthalmologist since 1996 and has subspecialised in oculoplastic surgery since 2003 after completing two subspecialty training fellowships in the highly renowned oculoplastic teaching centres of Leicester and Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.Mr Cheung is a medical student trainer for the University of Birmingham Medical School, junior doctor trainer for the West Midlands Deanery in Ophthalmology and Oculoplastics and an examiner for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.
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Mr Cheung, above all is known for his artistic, holistic and meticulous approach to facial cosmetic surgery. He prides himself on being able to consult his patients in an informal, relaxed, honest and approachable manner. It is because of his down to earth personality and the expertise offered that patients repeatedly request to see him.
Testimonials of previous patients of Mr Cheung, click here
David is recognised locally and nationally as an expert in eyelid and oculofacial surgery.
Oculoplastic surgeons, unlike general plastic surgeons, do not perform general cosmetic work, for example, breast enlargement/reduction, chin implantation, rhinoplasty.
Because Mr Cheung's work is solely confined to the specialised plastic surgery of the delicate structures around the eye, upper face and midface, he is able to address many of the potential problems and avoid/treat the potential complications which can occur, thus offering a dedicated oculofacial service unlike most general plastic surgeon.
The term oculoplastic surgery (sometimes called ophthalmic plastic reconstructive surgery or oculofacial surgery) describes the specialised branch of plastic surgery of the facial structures around the eye and includes both reconstructive and cosmetic (aesthetic) surgery.
Oculoplastic surgeons are specifically trained in both ophthalmology (eye surgery) and plastic surgery for the eyelid region of the face. They therefore become expert with eye conditions and their management. Unlike general plastic surgeons, oculoplastic surgeons do not offer surgery on any other parts of the body e.g. breast augmentation.
Since oculoplastic surgeons only deal with problems of this area, they treat the largest number of cases in this region and are therefore the most familiar with the specialised anatomy and physiology of the eyelid region and its relationship to the eye.
It is because of this expertise that oculoplastic surgeons are therefore referred complex cases e.g. failed/unsuccessful previous surgery, revisional blepharoplasties by other surgeons both in the NHS and in private practice.
Mr Cheung is a member of the British Oculoplastic Surgeons Society (www.bopss.co.uk), a fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (www.rcophth.ac.uk), a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (www.rcsed.ac.uk) and a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmologists (www.aao.org).
Mr Cheung strictly adheres to the recommendations of the General Medical Council on cosmetic surgery
Before complex simultaneous eyelid elevation and lower surgery: Her right eyelid is low from damaged tendon from contact lens wear. Her left upper eyelid is high from tendon scarring from thyroid eye disease
1 week following complex upper eyelid oculoplastic surgery: Consisting of blepharoplasty surgery to both upper eyelids to tidy up any excess skin, elevation of the right upper eyelid (ptosis correction surgery) with left upper lid lower surgery (levator recession)
6 weeks following surgery. The patient was over the moon. Her eyelids now show perfect symmetry, contour and height
Before complex simultaneous ptosis and cicatricial ectropion correction. Note this gentleman has a droopy upper eyelid (ptosis) and out turning (ectropion) on his same left side. His left upper eyelid is low due to age related stretching of the main tendon. His out turning lower eyelid was due to skin tightness which would therefore require either a flap of skin or skin graft to relieve the tightness. The tightness of the lower lid skin was due to age related descent of the cheek (cicatricial ectropion)
5 days following surgery: The upper eyelid tendon has been repaired and tightened therefore lifting up the upper eyelid (ptosis correction). A flap of excess skin has been moved from the upper eyelid into the lower eyelid thus relieving the lower lid tightness
6 weeks following surgery. All the swelling has resolved. The patient was very happy. Both the upper lid ptosis and the lower lid ectropion have been corrected
Mr Cheung is a doctor of good standing and active in many professional societies including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Royal College of Ophthalmologists, Midland Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery Society, British Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery Society, United Kingdom and Ireland Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery (UKISCRS), European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ESCRS) and the Midland Ophthalmology Society
Here is a small selection of patient testimonials kindly offered by some of Mr Cheung’s previous and current patients, which give some insight into what to expect. All the patients involved have kindly given their consent to the publication on this website. To protect patient confidentiality, any identifying elements have been removed.
"As a senior nurse, I was very discerning in my choice of surgeon , and undertook significant research before deciding to have surgery. I am delighted that I chose David Cheung. From my very first email enquiry, through to discharge, David's communication was excellent. He gave me full explanations and information. My initial consultation was friendly and thorough and by the end I felt fully informed about what to expect, I had ample opportunity to ask questions and was very involved in agreeing with David the outcome we were planning to achieve. The actual surgical experience was positive and I only experienced minimal discomfort. I am delighted with the result of the surgery which has achieved the outcome David and I agreed resulting in a more youthful but natural look."
Dame Catherine Elcoat DBE
“ Dear David, I just wanted to thank you for your extreme dedication and professionalism in coming in specially to perform expert restorative surgery on this young girl on Tuesday morning. I saw her post-op yesterday and the difference compared to pre-op was remarkable and I’m sure will make a huge difference to her in the future. The mother and the girl herself are immensely grateful for your expertise and recognise the vast improvement they can already see…."
Mr JS Barry, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust.
" Dear David, we just wanted to say that we are incredibly happy with the final result following our surgery. It has given us so much confidence and has really made such a difference to our lives. We would have loved to see you again but hope you'll understand that we'd rather just send a selfie. Either way they look amazing and we are just so happy with them. Thank you so much for taking the time with us, making sure we were always in the loop and your intricate surgical skills. Thanks so much…."
Miss CC and SC, Glasgow. Surgery performed: Double eyelid surgery/ Oriental Blepharoplasty with medial epicanthoplasty under local anaesthetic at the BMI Edgbaston Hospital.
“ Dear Mr Cheung, Oh what a surprise! How absolutely amazing-I am sitting on cloud 9-admiring myself! On the way home last Wednesday my great friend informed me that I looked like a panda, but she did at least buy me a big bag of frozen peas on the way! I was a little anxious at the thought of looking in a mirror but anticipation too over from fear! What I saw in the mirror was absolutely incredible. I was looking at a person whom I knew very well, but had not seen for many years. This was an absolutely amazing experience. My friends and I all agree. We are absolutely thrilled with the results of my meeting with you and your surgery. We can hardly believe what we are seeing! And now I don’t know how to thank you- for words aren’t adequate. But I will say, “Thank you, thank you, thank you!”-again and again for I am over the moon! I am thrilled beyond words and am looking forward to seeing you again to say “Thank You!’”
Dr JB (retired consultant anaesthetist, Worcestershire). Surgery performed: Combined bilateral upper eyelid ptosis correction with blepharoplasty under local anaesthetic at the West Midlands Hospital, Halesowen
”Dear Sir, thank you very much indeed for the surgery you performed on me, although it was it was recommend to improve comfort it has, how can I put it, benefitted my vision…I believe that the the eyelashes were scratching the lens so following the surgery when this scratching ceased the lens allowed what sight I still have to work better. Before the operation to my right lower lid, I was down to just the left eye for clarity and that is without significant peripheral vision; the right eye was just shapes and colour- in many circumstances the right eye was detracting from the vision in the left eye and often I found it better to cover my right eye. Since the operation I can see again in my right eye. At 60 years old, my GP had told me that I would eventually go blind. Last week though my wife and I went to the photography show at the NEC and I bought a new digital camera. With the wonders of this new technology I can see the results on my new television. For the first time in a long time, I felt confident enough in the future and with my vision to buy this new camera. For the first time in a long time I have felt optimistic enough to buy something like this. Thank you so much. At the age of 87, I am living for the now and the near future, not morosely managing decline. The world is full of people who complain but few notice the good things such as your exceptional service provided…”
Mr GR. Surgery performed: Right lower lid entropion correction at the Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley
" ..Dear Paula Clark, in today’s society people are very quick at making complaints but don’t voice gratitude and acknowledge outstanding professional care. Hence the following letter: I had the privilege of being referred to Mr Cheung a few years ago following the removal of an acoustic neuroma in 1999. I have had continued problems with my left eye since that date. Although it has not probable that I have been his greatest challenge, for me it is a significant irritation when dealing with all of my other medical conditions. I feel it important to mention from the beginning I had an emergency operation in Manchester, which left me with great anxieties re: any further treatment with my eyes. I cannot state this strongly enough. My first meeting with Mr Cheung was amazing. For the very first time in many years, I met a friendly professional who LISTENED. He took my history and talked to me about my concerns and issues that arose. He remained very professional throughout examinations and explained at a level of communication that suited me, exactly what he was doing and talked to me throughout. I don’t feel he understands exactly how good he is with using his holistic skills in communication. He is open and easy to communicate with, which immediately builds a trust between patient and professional. This in turn allows a patient to build confidence and trust. He is open and transparent in his working methods, which again builds trust. I have never felt excluded from my treatment, which I have felt so many times before, which promotes a sense of mistrust. He is a shining example to so many other staff in how to relate to patients and equally I’ve seen him communicate with other professionals and teach students in such a professional and dignified manner. (I hope the students realise how privileged they are.) He is very calming and will explain at a level suitable to the recipient about what is going to happen. Mr Cheung will give useful handouts thus allowing you to take the resources home to enforce all the verbal information given in appointments. His skills in theatre again are professional, calming and promotional to a patient’s holistic needs being met. As previously stated my mistrust with any procedures was a hurdle for me to overcome beyond belief. My first meeting with Mr Cheung restored my trust and allowed me to receive treatment with confidence in his capable professional care. Obviously patients talk in waiting rooms and I can honestly say I have never heard anything but positive feedback. He treats everyone with respect, his friendly persona and open, transparent method of working builds trust.... Please pass on my thanks to Mr Cheung. I hope he is as valued by the health authority as he is valued by the patients he treats….."
Miss SD. Letter to Chief Executive of Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust
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