Probably about 70% of Mr Cheung’s patients live outside the West Midlands area. Indeed about 20% live abroad.
Mr Cheung often sees patients with quite complex eyelid problems e.g. patients requesting revisional eyelid surgery, patients wanting bespoke cosmetic eyelid surgery. Thus many patients come quite a distance to see him, rather than a general ophthalmologist or general plastic surgeon.
Mr Cheung runs regular clinics for consultation on:
Wednesdays (8.30am-3pm) at the BMI Edgbaston hospital in central Birmingham. Telephone: 0121 452 2810.
Thursday mornings (8.30am -12.00pm) at the West Midlands Hospital in Halesowen, B63 2AH. Telephone: 01384 632607 and 07384 253011
Saturday mornings (8.30am - 12.30pm) at the Westbourne Centre in Central Birmingham 0121 456 0880
Most patients living outside Birmingham prefer to see Mr Cheung at the BMI Edgbaston hospital or the Westbourne Centre due to their central convenient locations. Both are approximately 10mins by taxi from Birmingham New Street Train station and 45 minutes taxi from Birmingham International Airport.
Currently 30% of Mr Cheung’s patients are from London: many of whom commute for their morning appointments by train, to arrive back home just around lunchtime.
Patients attending for eyelid problems rarely need to have dilating drops instilled during their consultation and are therefore fine to drive.
Mr Cheung’s operating lists are usually in the morning. Patients commonly arrive for 7.45- 8am, undergo their surgery and are going home by lunchtime. Most patients are usually back home by mid afternoon.
Less commonly patients book a hotel nearby for the night before and night of the actual operation. This is usually for convenience’s sake so that the commute is less rushed but Mr Cheung is quite happy for patients to commute back and forth on the day of their surgery.
Local Anaesthetic Surgery
Most patients undergo their surgery under local anaesthetic due to its lower costs and convenience. Patients often commute by public transport or are driven to the hospital by friends or family. For some smaller procedures Mr Cheung is happy for the patient themselves to drive and attend accompanied.
Twilight Sedation Surgery
Patients can request for an anaesthetist at extra cost to be present during the operation to administer sedation. Following intravenous sedation though, patients may have slightly slower reactions and are therefore advised not to drive nor operate machinery for 24 hours afterwards. They should attend hospital for their operation accompanied by a friend or family and can commute by public transport or be driven by car.
Procedures vary greatly in complexity and the fees reflect this. Each patient is different and the treatment offered is bespoke for that patient. It is for this reason that many fees are not given in this website but you will be informed of all costs prior to your surgery. Mr Cheung's fees are in line with equivalent providers. Full payment will be due and payable before the day of your treatment or surgery.
Re: Blepharoplasty Costs
Costs vary quite a bit and are customised for every patient depending on operation complexity and the options they choose e.g. whether they’d like the operation under sedation or whether they’d like to stay in the hospital overnight.
Most of patients have upper lid blepharoplasty surgery under local anaesthetic only.
However for 4 lid blepharoplasty surgery (combined upper and lowers) or just lower lid blepharoplasty, most patients would opt for an anaesthetist to be present to administer some sedation or general anaesthetic.
The vast majority of patients go home the same day as the operation and do not need to stay in the hospital at all i.e. day case surgery.
As a rough guide then on average:
Simple upper lid blepharoplasty under local anaesthetic costs from £2900
Lower lid blepharoplasty under sedation costs from £3850
Combined upper and lower lid blepharoplasty under sedation/ GA costs from £5850