Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
With 26 years of surgical experience, Dr. Askren is completely dedicated to the art of plastic surgery. He finds the artistic challenge most rewarding, and strives to provide naturally beautiful results to all of his patients. Dr. Askren delivers a fair presentation of both surgical and non-surgical options for management of aesthetic concerns, so patients are able to make an informed decision that best suits their ultimate objective. His calm, yet energetic tone reveals his enthusiasm while putting patients instantly at ease.
Education and Training
Dr. Askren graduated Cum Laude from the Georgia Institute of Technology where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. He received his Master of Science degree there, as well, studying laser applications in ophthalmology. After attending medical school at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. Askren completed his General Surgery Internship at Emory University. Following six years of surgical training at The University of California San Francisco Fresno – Central San Joaquin Valley Medical Education Program, he completed a residency in plastic surgery at the University of Alabama in Birmingham with Dr. Luis Vasconez and others – all pioneers of modern plastic surgery. His educational emphasis was on aesthetic face, breast and body surgery.
Dr. Askren is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is also an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the California Society of Plastic Surgeons. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Locally, he is an active member of the California Medical Association and is an active member of the Fresno-Madera Medical Society.
Areas of Expertise
With an artistic side dating back to age seven, Dr. Askren took a special interest in the human form early on. Throughout medical school his medium was pencil or pen and ink, which facilitated his work in medicine - particularly plastic surgery. Having illustrated a number of articles and medical textbooks, he now applies his artistic skills to living tissue and believes that artistic talent and plastic surgery are a natural combination.
Dr. Askren's plastic surgery practice began by repairing difficult facial deformities and reconstructive procedures on the face, breast and body. This exposure provided an excellent foundation for understanding wound healing and tissue handling for aesthetic procedures. His primary focus now is that of aesthetic face and breast surgery. Holding safety as the number one priority, he takes a conservative approach to the treatment and management of his patients.