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5 out of 5 stars Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction - Durham, NC

I am a registered nurse of 37 years and the past 27 of them at a surgery center. I am very petite (5 feet and 108 lbs) and carrying around triple D's was just too much. Over the past 5 years I had developed migraine headaches, neck pain , upper back and shoulder pain. I had been to physical therapy ,and massage therapy with only temporary relief. I just assumed that only large women could...

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

Dr. Hughes Changed My Life! Durham, NC

I am a mother of two children who recently had breast augmentation with Dr. Hughes. I have known for years that the surgery was something I wanted to do. After tons of research and multiple consultations with different surgeons, I chose to go with Dr. Hughes. Dr. Hughes has an impeccable bedside manner, as well as a wonderful staff. I have enjoyed everyone I have come in contact with at his...

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

38 years old with full tummy tuck

Dr. Hughes is very professional and meticulous in his work. He listened to all your concerns and is able to provide answers to your questions. You aren't just a number but, a patient and he follows up to assure you feel confident. My results were fantastic!

5 out of 5 stars Breast Reduction

A Double-Win Breast Reduction - Durham, NC

Besides just doing good work, Dr. Hughes talks to you as an equal. After my surgery, I went into panic mode because I wasn’t ready for the emotional effects a breast reduction can have. I was so much more focused on fixing my back problems that I forgot to think about how a breast reduction can sort of change everything. Dr. Hughes took the time out of his busy schedule to meet with me and just talk to me about my worries and concerns. I was never left in the dark about my surgery. Every question I had was answered. I’m pretty sure Dr. Hughes is one of those people who only require a maximum of four hours of sleep a night. My surgery was at 6:00 AM. I have had follow-ups throughout all different times on all different days since then. He even met me after business hours and on a weekend to follow up after my surgery and to provide me with the correct medication. It’s kind of amazing the type of care he and his office gives to their patients. I’ve seen a lot of doctors throughout my life and not one of them has given me the type of wonderful care that Dr. Hughes and his staff have given me. Surgery is not fun. No matter how big or small; no matter how serious or not. Having a doctor who cares about the well-being of his patients is so incredibly important. Having a medical degree doesn’t automatically make you a great doctor. Having a medical degree, experience, a knack for doing quality work, and having compassion for your patients is what makes you a great doctor. And Dr. Hughes is a great doctor.

Personal Statement

At Southpoint Plastic Surgery, we treat our clients as family. We construct a personalized treatment plan designed for each individual client. We have a conservative philosophy to aesthetic work, knowing that smaller interventions at a younger age will yield the most natural look for our clients.

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Surgery - General and American Board of Plastic Surgery

Awards & Recognition

Member of the American Society for Plastic Surgery
Member of the Southeastern Society for Plastic Surgery

Hospital Privileges

Dr. Hughes has hospital affiliations at Durham Regional Hospital, Davis Ambulatory Surgery Center, North Carolina Specialty Hospital, Durham VA Medical Center.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: Colgate University
    Medical: Weill - Cornell Medical Center / New York Presbyterian Hospital
  • Post-Medical School Training

    General Surgery, Cornell Medical Center / New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, New York
    Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York
    Plastic Surgery, Duke University, Durham, NC

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I asked about the redness from Coolsmooth on abdomen which now has darkened & looks worse. The swelling is unbelievable (Photo)

Hi there.  Although bruising and swelling and redness are common side effects after CS, this is NOT a normal response.  I would return to the Dr's o... READ MORE

Bellafill apparently does not work for me!

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Why did I faint with Coolsculpting? After neck, I was doing outer arms & lower ab when I began to feel something was wrong!

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After a few questions about my Coolsculpting, still left with a few more. My Dr says these are 2nd degree burns.. (photos)

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How long is it between treatments?

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Unsure of what size to go?

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Will gel implants placed under the muscle look smaller than they do when the implant is just tried on in a sports bra?

Thank for your good question.  This is a very very common question/concern.  The most frequent complaint tends to be that women wish they went l... READ MORE

Can I get uneven results from CoolSculpting?

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