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Jaco Festekjian, MD


Jaco Festekjian, MD

UCLA Physician Jaco Festekjian, MD specializes in General Surgery, Plastic Surgery.
General Surgery, Plastic Surgery
Language Spoken
Hospital Affiliation
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica
State License Number
(310) 794-4126
Fax Number
(310) 794-4213
Email Address
Voted Super Doctor
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UCLA Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite 465
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Plastic Surgery, American Board of Plastic Surgery, 2003, 2013
Surgery, American Board of Surgery, 2001, 2009
Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, Mayo Clinic, 2001 - 2002
Plastic Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine, 1999 - 2001
Surgery, Kern Medical Center, 1994 - 1999
Surgery, Kern Medical Center, 1993 - 1994
MD, American University of the Caribbean School of Med, 1993
Abdominoplasty, Body Contouring, Breast Reconstruction (breast augmentation, breast lifts, breast reduction), Cosmetic/Aesthetic Surgery (facelift, necklift, browlift, eyelid surgery), Derma Fillers, Free Flap Breast Surgery (DIEP Flaps, TRAM, Latissimus), General Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Liposuction, Lower Extremity Reconstruction, Microsurgery, Nerve Reconstruction, Reconstruction of Facial Skin Cancer Defects
VIDEOS Breast Reconstruction Patient Shirley, Life After Breast Reconstruction: http://plasticsurgery.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=462 Breast Reconstruction BRCA Patient Rachel: http://tickingtimebombsblog.com/
Additional Information
After completing his Advanced Aesthetic and Microsurgery Fellowship at The Mayo Clinic, Jaco H. Festekjian, M.D., F.A.C.S., joined the Department of Surgery and was appointed Clinical Professor in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Dr. Festekjian has since established a thriving practice with an impeccable safety record. Cosmetic surgery expertise includes:

  • abdominoplasty
  • breast augmentation
  • breast reduction
  • body contouring
  • facial cosmetic surgery
  • dermal fillers

Dr. Festekjian is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery as well as the American College of Surgeons. Professional memberships include the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Plastic Surgery, the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery and the California Society of Plastic Surgery.

Areas of clinical expertise include: reconstructive surgeries requiring microsurgery, such as breast reconstruction, offering immediate and delayed breast reconstruction procedures, including DIEP, SIEA, SGAP, Muscle Sparing TRAM, and Latissimus flaps and breast implant based breast reconstruction.

In addition, Dr. Festekjian has research interests in the clinical arena, specifically in the area of breast reconstruction, breast augmentation and breast reduction.


  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Society of Plastic Surgery
  • American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • California Society of Plastic Surgeons
Awards & Recognition
  • Southern California Super Doctors, 2014
  • Faculty Teacher of the Year, 2013-2014
  • Southern California Super Doctors, 2010-2013
  • Faculty Teacher of the Year, 2007-2008
  • Faculty Teacher of the Year, 2003-2004

Special Award: A patient donated a gift in Dr. Festekjian honor in the sum of $10,000.00 to the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Canter directed by Dr. Janet Pregler.

  1. Tom Liu, MD, Peter Ashjian, MD, Jaco Festekjian, MD: Salvage of Congested DIEP Flap with a Reverse Flow Venous Anastamosis: Annals of Plastic Surgery, Vol. 58, No. 6, June 2007.
  2. Wan, D, Crisera, CA, Festekjian, JH, Da Lio, A, “Inclusion of Mesh in Donor Site Repair of Free TRAM and Muscle-Sparing Free TRAM Yields Comparable Rates of Abdominal Complications to DIEP Reconstruction” PRS, August, 2010
  3. Vyas, R, Dickinson, BP, Watson, JP, Da Lio, AL, Crisera, CA, Festekjian, JH., “Risk Factors for Abdominal Donor Site Morbidity in Free Flap Breast Reconstruction” Plast Reconstr Surg 121 (5): 1519-26, 2008
  4. Festekjian, JH, Crisera, CA, Mehrara, BJ, Watson, JP, Da Lio, AL. “Vascular Complications and Microvascular Free Flap Salvage at UCLA 1991-2004: The Role of Thrombolytic Agents.
  5. Reinblatt, M, Vaca, L, Festekjian, JH, Da Lio, AL, Watson, JP, Crisera, CA. “Advanced Age as a Risk Factor for Free Tissue Transfer Breast Reconstructions: A Review of 372 Operations”.
  6. Carlsen,, BT, Ashjian, P, Dickinson, BP, Da Lio, AL, Watson, JP, Crisera, CA, Festekjian, JH. “Outcome of Microvascular Complications after Free Flap Breast Reconstruction”.
  7. Festekjian, JH, Liu, T, Saran, M, Louie, O, Da Lio, AL, Crisera, CA,. “DIEP, Muscle-Sparing Free TRAM, and Free TRAM flaps Favorably Withstand the Effects of Adjuvant Radiation”.
  8. Pavone, L, Roostaein, J, Crisera, CA, Festekjian, JH, Da Lio, AL. “Immediate Reconstruction with Silicone Gel Implants Using Various Mastectomy Incisions: The UCLA Experience”.
  9. Vardanian, A, Crisera, CA, Da Lio, A, Lipa J, Festekjian, JH, “Expander breast reconstruction with and without alloderm”. Chang, E, Crisera, CA, Lipa, J, Da Lio, A.
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