December 20, 2017 08:00 AM

When Jeana Keough left the Real Housewife of Orange County in 2009, she says everything was going great in her life. Her three kids were happy, and her business was booming — but she wasn’t loving the way she looked.

“I went through menopause, I had gained weight, I looked terrible and I didn’t date for years,” says Keough, 62.

Eventually, she’d had enough of feeling miserable. She got back into shape, but was then left with excess skin on her neck that she didn’t like.

The real estate agent decided to get a facelift with renowned plastic surgeon Dr. T.Y. Steven Ip in Newport Beach — and filmed the entire procedure for a PeopleTV special.

Watch the full episode of Jeana Keogh: A Real Housewife Goes Under the Knife, streaming now on PeopleTV. Go to, or download the app on your favorite streaming device.

“I want to look 15 years younger because I like guys that are 15 years younger,” she jokingly says of  to go under the knife.

Still, she had some trepidation about the process.

“I was nervous,” Keough admits of undergoing the seven-hour operation. “I was worried about the downtime. I didn’t want to look like bloody, swollen Tales From the Crypt for a week.”

Jeana Keough before surgery
Dr. T.Y. Steven Ip
Jeana Keough after surgery
Dr. T.Y. Steven Ip
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The Real Housewives of Orange County season 1 cast. From left: Jeana Keough, Lauri Waring, Jo De La Rosa, Kimberly Bryant, Vicki Gunvalson
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But the procedure went smoothly and after a total six-week recovery, Keough was ready to reveal “the new me” to her girlfriends.

“I don’t know how they’ll feel about it, but I think I look great,” she admits. “And that’s all the really matters.”

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