What is Important When Choosing a Doctor or Surgeon?

Dr. Layton is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon by the American Board of Plastic Surgery under the American Board of Medical Specialties. He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. Why does using a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon matter? The training, experience, and knowledge required to become a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon as defined and recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties reflects specialization above and beyond what it takes to become board certified in any other related discipline, including but not limited to facial plastic surgery. In addition, being a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon requires continuing education and certifications above and beyond that of most other specialties and includes all parts of the face and body.

How Does a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Differ from a Facial Plastic Surgeon?

Unlike a board certified plastic surgeon, a facial plastic surgeon does not receive the facial and body training of a plastic surgeon in medical school, residency, fellowship or beyond, and only concentrates on procedures that reconstruct the elements of the face. A facial plastic surgeon can only be certified under the American Academy of Otolaryngology of the American Board of Medical Specialties, which is not cosmetic focused. Please refer to the American Board of Medical Specialties website for more information.

What is the Consultation Process Like?

When considering any type of procedure or surgery, you want to not only know your doctor but trust that they understand how you want to look and feel, and that they can help you achieve the look you desire. The consultation gives you the opportunity to get to know Dr. Layton and discuss your goals, desires, and expectations with him.

In a comfortable, low-stress environment, you will have an examination by Dr. Layton where he will ask you to explain the specifics of what is bothering you about your face or body. Together with him, both of you will examine your face or body to point out concerns and possible solutions. You will be fully involved in the process, which will educate you and provide you with a detailed understanding of the proposed procedure(s), possible risks, and expectations.

In addition, you will likely be given information to read. You will be provided ample time to have all your questions answered by Dr. Layton and his staff. Our desire is for each patient to be fully informed and educated so that they are comfortable with their decisions and we are able to understand and exceed their expectations.

Where is a Procedure or Surgery Performed?

Depending on the specific procedure or surgery, it is either done in the office under local anesthesia or in an accredited surgery center usually under general anesthesia. The options of having your procedure done in the office under local anesthesia or in an accredited surgery center under general anesthesia will be discussed with you during your consultation. In our Kerrville office, we have an accredited surgery center.

What Occurs on the Day of Surgery?

Prior to all surgical procedures, you will be provided with a time to arrive at the office or surgery center. Once you arrive and are checked in, you will meet with Dr. Layton before surgery and be provided with the opportunity to ask any questions. Dr. Layton will then mark you, you will be provided anesthesia, and when appropriate, surgery will begin. After surgery is complete, you will be in recovery for a period of time-depending on the extent of the surgery. Discharge instructions will be reviewed with your caregiver prior to you leaving. The facility will contact you or your caregiver within 24 to 48 hours following the procedure to answer any questions or provide assistance.