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Meet Dr. Kenneth B. Hughes - Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Kenneth B. Hughes
Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
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Dr. Kenneth Benjamin Hughes, MD brings to Southern California a level of expertise and sophistication few have ever achieved. Dr. Hughes performs surgery for 600 patients each year and approximately 1500 procedures for those patients. He is an expert and author in many plastic surgery procedures.

Dr. Kenneth Benjamin Hughes, MD achieved the highest level of education and elite training prior to practicing in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills. Dr. Kenneth Benjamin Hughes, MD received his honors degree from Harvard University in 1999. He graduated from medical school in the top 5% of his class and scored in the top 1% nationally on his licensing boards. He was awarded entrance into one of the very selective integrated plastic surgery programs, in which he received extensive training for six years in the vast array of general and plastic surgery procedures. From residency, Dr. Kenneth Benjamin Hughes, MD was selected as only the second plastic surgeon to pursue a year long aesthetic and cosmetic surgery fellowship at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Hughes has authored numerous papers and textbook chapters on cosmetic surgery topics including facial cosmetic surgery (face and neck lifts, rhinoplasty and nose surgery), breast surgery including breast augmentation, breast reconstruction, and fillers and facial fat grafting, among others. He has been an invited speaker at regional, national, and international meetings, lecturing on such topics as the use of telemedicine in cosmetic and plastic surgery. In addition, Dr. Hughes is a consultant and lecturer for the Institute for Safety in Office Based Surgery (ISOBS), a nationally recognized, non-profit, patient safety organization at the forefront of protecting patients during outpatient procedures in plastic surgery.

On a personal level, Dr. Hughes has been an athlete and natural bodybuilder for over 20 years, and he possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience in nutrition and exercise regimens. Utilizing his keen eye for details of the human form developed during his bodybuilding career, Dr. Hughes carefully evaluates his patients’ anatomy and goals and then tailors the results to an individual’s preference and specification. Dr. Hughes brings a unique blend of technical skill, surgical acumen, and detail-oriented specificity to each of his patients in a caring and interactive atmosphere.

Clinical Instructor, Harvard Medical School
Peer Reviewer, Public Library of Science

  • Consultant, Institute for Safety in Office-Based Surgery
  • 1995-1999 Harvard College Merit Scholarship
  • 2000 National Institutes of Health Research Scholars Program
  • 2000-2004 State Merit Scholarship – top medical students in state
  • 2004 Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) – top students in medical school
  • 2006 Top 10% on General Surgery Residency Exam
  • 2008-2010 Resident Cosmetic Surgery Clinic Chief
  • 2009-2010 Chief Plastic Surgery Resident
  • 2010-2011 Clinical Trial Research Grant recipient, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Kenneth Benjamin Hughes, MD’s Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Kenneth Benjamin Hughes, MD has developed his innate intellectual abilities and technical skill to their fullest potential, and he brings this talent to Los Angeles and Beverly Hills areas after being a clinical instructor in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kenneth Benjamin Hughes, MD offers the full spectrum of plastic surgical procedures, and he tailors the operation for each and every patient.

As a next generation surgeon, with the dual benefit of expertise in traditional approaches, training, and access to the latest advances and innovations in plastic surgery, Dr. Kenneth Benjamin Hughes, MD meets the high expectations of today’s patient with ease. Recognizing that patients are demanding new approaches to postsurgical scarring, Dr. Kenneth Benjamin Hughes, MD’ techniques offer a range of options selected on a per procedure, per patient basis. Some of those options offer a virtually scarless approach, and in bigger cases, offer a significant reduction of scarring prominence.

Dr. Kenneth Benjamin Hughes, MD specializes in virtually scarless, or minimal scarring, surgery for the face, nose, and breast, and offers the most advanced technologies available, including fat grafting with stem cell rejuvenation. Some of these techniques include short scar face lift, facial fat grafting (facelift technique without visible scars), closed rhinoplasty (no visible external scars), chin implants with no external scar, short scar tummy tuck, and TUBA (breast augmentation without scars on your breasts).

His unique approach to body lifts combines Lockwood’s technique for strengthening the subfascia system and detailed undermining for optimal skin tightening, while reducing the need for a posterior scar by utilizing a Brazilian Butt Lift approach, with or without implants, for reshaping and revolumizing. Many of the body lift techniques used today were originally designed for the massive weight loss patient and, as such, provide appropriate trade-offs in scarring and shaping when used to remove extreme amounts of skin. Today more patients seek skin tightening and reshaping benefits to offset the aging process, or as an extension of the mommy makeover, rather than to address massive weight loss issues. This has created a demand for new approaches and Dr. Kenneth Benjamin Hughes, MD is at the forefront of meeting those demands. Dr. Kenneth Benjamin Hughes, MD is able to meet the discerning needs of patients seeking improved shaping and tightening of the lower body while offering the latest techniques for reducing postsurgical scarring. He is the author of various textbook chapters on minimal scarring techniques.

In addition, Dr. Kenneth Benjamin Hughes, MD performs the entire array of plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures, which is a rare quality today. Most surgeons have become sub-specialists and are true experts in a niche area. By choosing to excel in all areas of aesthetic surgery, Dr. Kenneth Benjamin Hughes, MD is able to use proven strategies from one procedure to greatly enhance another. This places a high demand on his continual advancement and allows him an infinite range of options to benefit his patients. Dr. Kenneth Benjamin Hughes, MD can produce subtle or dramatic changes as the patient anatomy and desires allow.

He performs breast augmentations through any incision possible, breast lifts, breast reductions, rhinoplasties, facial fat grafting, brow lifts, face lifts, upper and lower eyelid surgeries, chin implants, liposuction/liposculpture, tummy tucks, butt lifts and butt augmentations , mommy makeovers, arm lifts, thigh lifts, labial rejuvenation, vaginal rejuvenation and so much more.

Dr. Kenneth Hughes is an expert plastic surgeon who can produce subtle or dramatic change as the patient anatomy allows. Come to Hughes Plastic Surgery in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills. A new YOU awaits.


Dr. Kenneth Benjamin Hughes, MD HAS PERFORMED 9,100 SURGERIES SINCE 2010

A few statistics for prospective patients:



Rhinoplasty 710
Revision Rhinoplasty 186
Mommy Makeover 836
Labiaplasty, Vaginoplasty, & Vaginal Rejuvenation 258
Breast Augmentation (saline, silicone, gummy bear) 1024
Breast Augmentation Revision/Reconstruction (placement of Strattice, SERI, Alloderm) 542
All variants of Breast Lift/Breast Reduction 788
Extended Tummy Tucks, Tummy Tucks, Short Scar Tummy Tucks, Mini Tummy Tucks 810
Arm Lifts, Thigh Lifts, Body Lifts, Gynecomastia/Male Breast Reduction 460
Liposuction, Liposculpture, & Etching 3512
Revision Liposuction & Fat Grafting of Defects 780
Chin Implant, Chin Liposuction, Otoplasty/Ear Correction/Reduction 183
Facelift, Necklift, Brow Lift, & Facial Fat Grafting 568
Upper and Lower Eyelid Surgery/Blepharoplasty 412
Brazilian Buttlift, Buttock Implant/Buttock Augmentation, & Dent and Asymmetry Corrections 3082
Revision Brazilian Buttlift 802



Having proficiency and mastery in all of these areas is rare, and is the result of the most rigorous and prestigious of educational and cosmetic plastic surgical training at Harvard University and Harvard Plastic Surgery coupled with his role as a former elite athlete and natural bodybuilder. His pursuit of perfection in the human form has a multitude of benefits for his patients. Dr. Kenneth Benjamin Hughes, MD knows what looks good, and he has the talent, training and experience to deliver these results to you.

Recognizing that patients ask for specific procedures when what they really want are specific results, the HDMI embraces a whole patient view in planning aesthetics enhancements. Through the use of this technique:

Underlying causes creating the need for aesthetic intervention are assessed and addressed
Issues of volume, skin texture, skin tightening, local symmetry and overall balance are addressed
he strategic use of multiple approaches to meet the overall vision of the patient’s desired outcome are incorporated.

The principles of the HDMI are consistently applied in all surgical interventions, and, since they are patient specific, ensure that each case is viewed and addressed individually, rather than in the “cookie cutter” manner rampant in the industry.

When appropriate, this approach also offers a tremendous opportunity for select patients to undergo multiple procedures at the same time. Dr. Kenneth Benjamin Hughes, MD performs multiple procedures efficiently, effectively, and safely.

While some plastic surgeons may take 5 or 6 hours to perform a tummy tuck and breast augmentation, Dr. Kenneth Benjamin Hughes, MD routinely performs these surgeries in under 2 hours. This reduces the standard time under general anesthesia by three hours which is a significant patient benefit. It reduces the risks of prolonged general anesthesia which can cause an increased risk of blood clots, infection and hypothermia as well coagulopathy (bleeding) issues.

Dr. Kenneth Benjamin Hughes, MD is a consultant and lecturer for the Institute for Safety in Office-Based Surgery (ISOBS), a nonprofit patient safety advocacy organization started by Harvard professors, and maintains the highest of safety standards in his practice and approaches. His eye for detail, technical expertise in addressing cosmetic challenges from a multi-dimensional approach, and astute grasp of a broad spectrum of solutions to render optimal outcomes, has quickly made him one of the most sought after surgeons in the industry.

  1. Rhinoplasty
  2. Breast Augmentation
  3. Tummy Tuck
  4. Brazilian Butt Lift
  5. Mommy Makeover

Share Your Opinion Of Dr. Kenneth B. Hughes

After searching for months for the perfect Dr, I came across Dr Hughes. He's so kind and honest! He responds to all my emails within a short period of time. (I send him a lot of questions, trust me) I'm 5'3 about 115. Pretty petite frame but he was able to put 960 cc into each cheek and also added some fat into my hips. Which I think is ammmmazing. I didn't think I had that much fat for him to transfer. With the aggressive lipo he is known for I had very little bruising and I felt fine 3 days post op! I'm so in love with my new butt and tiny waist, it's perfect!