Dr. Ascough studied in Houston with Dr. Thomas Cronin, the inventor of the breast implant and in Paris with Dr. Paul Tessier for craniofacial surgery and has also trained at Stanford University and the Mayo Clinic. After completing his training, he was in practice in Texas, where he cared for 5,000 patients over a six-year period. Two-thirds of these patients were victims of serious trauma, requiring difficult reconstructive operations. He has been performing breast implant procedures and other plastic and reconstructive surgery for more than 30 years, and has been in private practice for over 20 years.
Dr. Ascough volunteers as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of California at San Diego. For the past fifteen years, as a charitable contribution, Dr. Ascough has traveled to Mexico to participate in the UCSD "Interface", a program that provides free surgery to underprivileged children. On each trip, Dr. Ascough and his associates typically operate on 30 to 80 children with birth defects and various injuries.