Face treatments

The following treatments are available at Dunedin Hospital under the care of one of our Cosmetic Surgeons.  


For many women a problem area can be the appearance of lines and wrinkles around the eye area, a permanent solution to the problem is a browlift. Brow lift surgery smoothes out wrinkles and frown lines on your forehead and between your eyes, which can give a less serious, more youthful appearance.

A browlift can be performed in many ways and your cosmetic consultant will explain them to you and advise what is the most suitable one for you.

Every method can be performed under local or general anaesthetic, again your cosmetic consultant will advise which anaesthetic is most appropriate for you.

Cheek and chin implants

Cheek implants
A permanent way to improve your 'bone structure' is to have cheek implants, these will help if you feel your cheeks are too flat or that they are out of proportion to the rest of your face. The implants will make your cheekbones feel fuller and higher.

The procedure can be done with no visible scarring, often the implant can be put into your cheek through an incision in the mouth where your cheek joins your upper gum, although sometimes the implant may be inserted through a cut in the lower eyelid. The implant aims to build on your existing cheek with an implant placed over the top of your cheekbone.

The surgery can be performed under local anaesthetic which means you are awake for the procedure but the whole area is numb and you should feel nothing. This means that you are able to have the surgery as a day case and can leave the same day.

Chin implants
To improve your jaw line, or if you feel that you have a receding chin line, or it is out of proportion to the rest of your face then a chin implant could be the ideal solution.

Receding chins are built out by inserting an implant over the chin bone. The implant is usually inserted through an incision made inside your mouth between your lower lip and gum. This technique means there will be no visible scarring. Sometimes the implant may be inserted through a cut in the natural crease of your chin.

The surgery is performed under general anaesthetic which means you are asleep for the procedure, and will require you spending a night or two in hospital afterwards

Eyelid surgery

Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a great solution to droopy eyelids or bags under your eyes, the surgery can smooth out these imperfections and give you a more alert, youthful appearance.  This procedure can be carried out on upper, lower or both eyelids. 

Eyelid surgery is not the answer to remove crow's feet or to change the colour of dark shadows under the eyes, for solutions to these problems you would be better suited to anti-wrinkle treatment by injection or brow lifts.

Blepharoplasty takes around one or two hours, or less if you’re having just the upper or lower eyelid done. It may be performed as a day-case, but an overnight stay in hospital is sometimes required. The operation can be performed under general anaesthetic, which means you will be asleep during the procedure, or under local anaesthetic where the area around your eyes will be numb but you will be awake.

Nose re-shaping

Nose re-shaping, also known as rhinoplasty, is a procedure to change the size or shape of your nose.  You may feel your nose is too big, small, narrow or wide, or maybe is crooked or has a bump in it - nose re-shaping can change all of these.

There are two main types of rhinoplasty – reduction rhinoplasty to make the nose smaller, and augmentation rhinoplasty to give the nose more bulk or make it larger. Your cosmetic surgeon will be able to advise what each procedure entails.

Both operations last between 60 and 90 minutes and are usually carried out under general anaesthetic, so you will be asleep throughout the procedure. You will usually be able to return home the same day, though if you have had a bone graft performed, you may need to stay in hospital for one or two nights.

Ear pinning

Some people may feel that their ears stick out too much, are too large, or they are unhappy about their shape. Ear pinning, also known as pinnaplasty, can solve this problem by re-shaping your ears and making them a less prominent feature.

During the surgery the cosmetic surgeon makes cuts behind your ears, and then the cartilage can be folded, removed or re-shaped, depending on the desired effect afterwards. The ear is then held in the new position with stitches.

The surgery lasts between one to two hours, and is performed under local anaesthetic, so you are awake during the procedure, with the area being numb. This means you are able to have the surgery as a day-case and return home the same day. The surgery is also available with general anaesthetic where you will be asleep for the procedure, your cosmetic surgeon will be able to advise you on the best option for you.