Beverly Hills (California) is the land of beautified people by top plastic surgeons right? So the location was my starting point.
The huge number of thrilled RealSelf reviewers for Dr Kenneth Hughes work caught my eye. Most of all of the feedback consistently showed his work made significant improvement to people's bodies.
A factor for me that was even more important than the above was his emphasis on safety- I did not see that with any other doctor and that was paramount to me.
So we have a board certified Top Doctor who has hundreds of positive reviews of consistent feedback where he had made significant improvement to their bodies.
I contacted him by email and sent him pictures of myself, he was timely in responding, outlining what he would do and the cost. I did not have many questions as I have been able to find most of the answers through the experience of my RealSelf peers. And Dr Hughes has answered hundreds of questions on RealSelf so I already had a good idea about his methods for lipo, his protocols, etc.
There were some comments on Dr Hughes's interpersonal communication and if you are looking to become best friends with your plastic surgeon Dr Hughes may not be your man. He is not overly friendly, overly happy, overly promising, overly anything (except overly good at lipo and bbl :)). He is serious, reserved, realistic, respectful, down to earth, confident, and a Master at lipo and bbl, per my research and now per my own experience.
After a 16 hour flight....
I met Dr Hughes expecting (as per some of the reviews) a reserved type of communication style, and accepting this (I am paying him for his skill and not whether or not he will shoot the breeze with me, etc). That being said, I think he is a softy at heart that he takes his craft very seriously, so if you can get him to warm up to you, great, if not, also fine- let him do what he does amazingly, which is to focus on his art.
I showed him a few pix of what body types I liked and I highlighted what I did not like, and that was that. I had some additional areas on my body that I would like to see improved and he was honest and straight forward that those areas were not worth doing (due to my soft skin type and/or minimal changes that could be done). I already had in the back of my head (and per my research), that a good doctor will know what needs to be done to improve the body based some on the patients feedback but also on the skin type, the fat available for use, and other elements that they will discover once your surgery commences so you and your life are in your doctor's hands (make sure he/she is board qualified with consistently high reviews and cares about safety), and be ready to trust your doctor.
Day of surgery.....
6am was greeted by Dr Hughes senior- Dr Hughes father who is just so sweet and thoughtful, he showed my friend and I around the new offices (Dr Hughes has his new private clinic and surgical facility in Culver City) and surgical facility, showing us all of the safety elements they have in place. He really helped to calm any nerves that I may have had on my surgery morning and reconfirmed my good decision in choosing a doctor who really put safety first.
Next I met with nurse (will update his name). Don't be misled, there is more to him than his beautiful eyes- he was knowledgable (answering my last minute questions), professional (knows exactly what he has to do to prepare me for the surgery), respectable (helped me to maintain my dignity in having to undress or pee in a cup, etc), and a kind and funny personality that also helped to put my nerves at ease.
Next met with anesthesiologist who went though my health history and discussed the anesthesia to be used.
Next I'm in the operating room naked with all of the above people I just mentioned plus some (minus Dr Hughes senior), and as I'm about to go under and just before I go to sleep I am amused (and relieved) to see muscle man (under cover teddy bear) Dr Hughes in concentration and focus on the task coming at hand.
2 hour surgery, first under local (due to a possible blood clotting condition I have), then switched to general as I understood due to how I was breathing which made the lipo more challenging. 5 liters suctioned and 1100cc to each buttock.
To be continued....
5 out of 5 stars