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Jaco H. Festekjian, MD

  • Plastic Surgery
Plastic Surgery | 200 Medical Plaza, Suite 460, Los Angeles, CA 90095


Jaco Festekjian, MD
Clinical Professor
Quality Officer, Plastic Surgery

After completing his Advanced Aesthetic and Microsurgery Fellowship at The Mayo Clinic, Jaco H. Festekjian, MD, FACS joined the Department of Surgery and was appointed Health Sciences Clinical Professor and Quality Officer in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.  Dr. Festekjian is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery as well as the American College of Surgeons.

His areas of interest are the following:

Breast reconstruction: he offers immediate and delayed reconstruction procedures, inclusing free DIEP, SGAP, PAP, SIEA, muscle sparing TRAM flaps, latissimus dorsi flaps, and implant based reconstruction.  Dr. Festekjian has research interests in this clinical arena and has many publications.

Cosmetic Surgery:

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

  • abdominoplasty
  • breast augmentation
  • breast lift
  • breast reduction
  • body contouring and liposuction
  • face lifts
  • dermal fillers
  • Botox


  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Society of Plastic Surgery
  • American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery


English, Armenian


Medical Board Certification

Plastic Surgery, American Board of Plastic Surgery, 2003


Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, Mayo Clinic, 2002


Plastic Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine, 2001
Surgery, Kern Medical Center, 1999


Surgery, Kern Medical Center, 1994


MD, American University of the Caribbean School of Med, 1993



West Los Angeles

Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgery| Breast Surgery| Craniofacial Plastic Surgery +2 more specialties
San Fernando Valley

Encino Surgery

General Surgery| Plastic Surgery| Endocrine Surgery +3 more specialties

Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center


Meet Jaco H. Festekjian, MD
Mommy Makeover: Abdominoplasty



  1. Park M, Verma A, Madrigal J, Lee C, Koshki J, Festekjian J, Benharash P.  Cost-volume analysis of deep inferior epigastric artery perforator flaps for breast reconstruction in the United States. Surgery. 2022 Jun 14:S0039-6060(22)00355-5. doi: 10.1016/j.surg.2022.05.008. Epub ahead of print.PMID: 35710535.
  2. Murphy AI, Levy AS, Ivey JS, Festekjian J. Keeping abreast of shark bite reconstruction: a case report and brief literature review. Eur J Plast Surg. 2021 Nov 12:1-4. doi: 10.1007/s00238-021-01908-z. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34785864; PMCID: PMC8586615.
  3. Jain NS, Vuong LN, Hickman LB, Chin P, Hill EJR, Buck D 2nd, Festekjian JH. Using the modified frailty index to predict negative outcomes in free-flap breast reconstruction: A National Surgical Quality Improvement Project-based study. Microsurgery. 2021 Nov;41(8):709-715. doi: 10.1002/micr.30810. Epub 2021 Sep 17. PMID: 34533855.
  4. DeLong MR, Tandon VJ, Bertrand AA, MacEachern M, Goldberg M, Salibian A, Pusic AL, Festekjian JH, Wilkins EG. Review of Outcomes in Prepectoral Prosthetic Breast Reconstruction with and without Surgical Mesh Assistance. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2021 Feb 1;147(2):305-315. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000007586. PMID: 33177453.
  5. DeLong MR, Chang I, Farajzadeh M, Nahabet EH, Roostaeian J, Festekjian J, Rough J, Da Lio AL. The Central Mound Pedicle: A Safe and Effective Technique for Reduction Mammaplasty. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2020 Oct;146(4):725-733. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000007173. PMID: 32590526.
  6. Rouch JD, Li A, Cohen JG, Kazanjian KK, Festekjian JH. Re-exploration of vertical rectus abdominis myocutaneous flap for vaginal reconstruction: Case report and review of the literature. JPRAS Open. 2017 Nov 8;15:32-35. doi: 10.1016/j.jpra.2017.08.006. PMID: 32158795; PMCID: PMC7061550.
  7. Roostaeian J, Yoon AP, Ordon S, Gold C, Crisera C, Festekjian J, Da Lio A, Lipa JE. Impact of Prior Tissue Expander/Implant on Postmastectomy Free Flap Breast Reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Apr;137(4):1083-1091. doi: 10.1097/01.prs.0000481044.61991.6b. PMID: 27018662.
  8. Chang EI, Carlsen BT, Festekjian JH, Da Lio AL, Crisera CA. Salvage rates of compromised free flap breast reconstruction after recurrent thrombosis. Ann Plast Surg. 2013 Jul;71(1):68-71. doi: 10.1097/SAP.0b013e31824680c8. PMID: 23123611.
  9. Vardanian AJ, Clayton JL, Roostaeian J, Shirvanian V, Da Lio A, Lipa JE, Crisera C, Festekjian JH. Comparison of implant-based immediate breast reconstruction with and without acellular dermal matrix. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2011 Nov;128(5):403e-410e. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e31822b6637. PMID: 22030500.
  10. Chang EI, Mehrara BJ, Festekjian JH, Da Lio AL, Crisera CA. Vascular complications and microvascular free flap salvage: the role of thrombolytic agents. Microsurgery. 2011 Oct;31(7):505-9. doi: 10.1002/micr.20905. Epub 2011 May 31. PMID: 21630338.

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  • Super Doctors® Southern California, 2022, 2023, 2024
  • Top Doctors, Los Angeles Magazine, 2021, 2023
  • Super Doctors® Southern California 2010-2016
  • Faculty Teacher of the Year, 2019-2020
  • Faculty Teacher of the Year, 2013-2014
  • Faculty Teacher of the Year, 2007-2008
  • Faculty Teacher of the Year, 2003-2004

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