Jaco H. Festekjian, MD

Plastic Surgery
Primary Location
Plastic Surgery
200 Medical Plaza
Suite 460
Los Angeles, California 90095


Jaco Festekjian, MD, FACS
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 has since established a thriving practice with an impeccable safety record. Cosmetic surgery expertise includes:

  • abdominoplasty
  • breast augmentation
  • breast lift
  • 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, and the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery.

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 implant based breast reconstruction.

In addition, Dr. Festekjian has research interests in the clinical arena, specifically in the area of breast surgery.


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

Patient Stories


Armenian, English


Medical Board Certifications

Plastic Surgery, American Board of Plastic Surgery, 2003
Surgery, American Board of Surgery, 2001


Mayo Clinic, 2002


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


Kern Medical Center, 1994


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



Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center


Meet Jaco H. Festekjian, MD
Mommy Makeover: Abdominoplasty



  1. 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.

  2. Galanis C, Nguyen P, Koh J, Roostaeian J, Festekjian J, Crisera C.
    Microvascular lifeboats: a stepwise approach to intraoperative venous congestion
    in DIEP flap breast reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Jul;134(1):20-27.
    doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000000271. PMID: 25028816.

  3. Nguyen PD, Herrera FA, Roostaeian J, Da Lio AL, Crisera CA, Festekjian JH.
    Career satisfaction and burnout in the reconstructive microsurgeon in the United
    States. Microsurgery. 2015 Jan;35(1):1-5. doi: 10.1002/micr.22273. Epub 2014 May
    9. PMID: 24809735.

  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. Gassman AA, Yoon AP, Festekjian J, Da Lio AL, Tseng CY, Crisera C. Comparison
    of immediate postoperative pain in implant-based breast reconstructions. J Plast
    Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2016 May;69(5):604-16. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2015.12.009.
    Epub 2016 Jan 7. PMID: 26947947.

  6. Roostaeian J, Yoon AP, Rahgozar P, Tanna N, Crisera CA, Da Lio AL, Festekjian
    JH. Implant-based immediate breast reconstruction in the previously augmented
    patient. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2015 Apr;68(4):e71-9. doi:
    10.1016/j.bjps.2015.01.010. Epub 2015 Jan 26. PMID: 25736082.

  7. Farias-Eisner G, Kao K, Pan J, Festekjian J, Gassman A. Intraoperative
    Techniques for the Plastic Surgeon to Improve Pain Control in Breast Surgery.
    Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2017 Nov 15;5(11):e1522. doi:
    10.1097/GOX.0000000000001522. PMID: 29263948; PMCID: PMC5732654.

  8. 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.

  9. Chang EI, Festekjian JH, Miller TA, Ardehali A, Rudkin GH. Chest wall
    reconstruction for sternal dehiscence after open heart surgery. Ann Plast Surg.
    2013 Jul;71(1):84-7. doi: 10.1097/SAP.0b013e31824872d9. PMID: 23123614.

  10. 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:

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Patient Experience


  • Super Doctors® Southern California 2022
  • Top Doctors, Los Angeles Magazine, 2021
  • 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.