Kennewick Plastic Surgeon
7425 Wrigley Drive, Suite 204
Pasco, Washington 99301 US
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5 out of 5 stars Breast Reconstruction

Fantastic! - Seattle, WA

Dr. V did immediate reconstruction during my bilateral mastectomy in August 2010. I had expanders, then implants were placed in April 2011. Dr. V has done a great job! I am very happy with the results and very happy with Dr. V's caring and skill. She is very responsive when I have questions, and explains everything!

5 out of 5 stars Breast Reconstruction

Fabulous, Wonderful, Beautiful Work - Seattle, WA

After learning I had Stage 1 breast cancer, one of the meetings my husband and I had was with Dr. V. From the beginning, she was comforting, informative, assuring and genuinely caring in her time and explanations of her role in my journey. I had a unilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction by Dr. V. Her work was fabulous. Due to several treatment difficulties, Dr V was unable to complete my reconstruction with the first expander. I recently had a second surgery to replace the expander that had broken down from being in so long. Dr. V somehow improved on her earlier work and I am now looking forward to even more fabulous results. Dr V not only has done excellent work, but has helped me grow through her words of encouragement and kind, caring ways. I strongly encourage any woman dealing with the difficult decisions dealing with breast cancer to seek out Dr. Vaniver. You will not regret the choice.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Reconstruction

Breast Reconstruction (Due to Breast Cancer) - Seattle, WA

After my surgery she in check on me, and made sure I was treated very good. Asked if I had any questions, and answer them all. Great care and after the surgery she has this special serum you apply to get rid of scar tissue, so cool. ( it really works) Her staff treated me like I was family and I felt so welcome to be there. Waiting times was so prompt. I will use her again in the future and I tell my friends how Great of a Job She does!!!!!!

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

“If you are going to do something, do it right” - Breast Augmentation - Seattle, WA

The doctor is amazing and her office manager Danielle is professional and knowledgeable.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Implant Removal

Implant Removal Without Replacement - Seattle, WA

Dr. Vaniver is everything I wanted in a doctor. For me it was really important that she's an artist. From what I've read of her she has faced all of the uncertainties that come with the scenarios she treats and then some. She's motivated by her own experience and has a genuine intention. She doesn't sugar coat anything and she never tried to convince me of anything. I knew before my consultation was over that she was the one I'd pick. I knew on an unwavering level that I was in good hands. It's been just over 2 wks and I'm so free and relieved!! She made them look beautiful and natural. Not to mention the fact that I have a tattoo that circles around the breast. After cutting out what she needed to, she actually connected the two sides to meet perfectly. I told her I didn't care about the tattoo and she still went the extra mile. I measure now at a 34B. With the implants I was a 34DD and before the implants I wore an A cup molded bra without filling it. I Was told I had the tissue of a B cup size. I was a level 3 in sagging. I hope this information is helpful. I'm healing well. I'm using her homemade serum and I can tell that the scars will fade quickly. I'll never regret being explanted. I'd recommend Dr. Vaniver to anyone who's thinking about it. This is the quote that makes me think of her. "She who works with her hands is a laborer. She who works with her hands and her head is a craftsman. She who works with her hands and her head and her heart is an artist.”

5 out of 5 stars Breast Implant Removal

Breast Implant Removal After 17 Years. - Seattle, WA

Dr. Vaniver is a very caring and conscientious doctor. She seems to care very much about what you want and what is best for you. She does not have an ego involved. I always felt I was in good hands with Dr. Vaniver. She takes her time and is very kind.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Reconstruction

Breast Reconstruction Due to Poland Disorder - Seattle, WA

My doctor was really wonderful in every way! There was no judgment and it was such a good experience. I felt thoroughly cared for and safe. I would definitely recommend Dr. Vaniver.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

Breast Cancer Reconstruction - Seattle, WA

I had been diagnosed out of nowhere! Once I knew what I had to do - I wanted doctors who could empathize! Dr. Karen had "been there"! With Dr. V, I had to have several procedures - infections set in and I proliferated with scar tissue - some blame doctors. It was just my bod & Dr. V understood!

5 out of 5 stars Breast Reduction

I had always had back and neck pain. - Breast Reduction - Seattle, WA

I asked Dr Vaniver more questions than she was accustomed to. In the beginning I think she thought I was questioning her expertise. In the end she understood that all I wanted was to understand all the steps and be able to visualize everything. Since I am an architect she explained things in a way that made sense to me, as building blocks. She gave me a hug at our first visit. I thought this was a bit unusual but also great and comforting. Right before the surgery I got another hug. I have had two follow up appointments. Dr Vaniver is very pleased with the results and so am I.

Will Be Implant Free by This Time Next Week! Feeling Good About Having It Scheduled. - Seattle, WA

Dr. Vaniver was very gracious, and down to earth. She has a heart for her patients and that comes through just in the first meeting. She speaks frankly and offers the options based on her knowledge and experience. She also offers her best advise which was greatly appreciated, as then I could see we were of like minds as to how to proceed in solving my 39 yr old problems. :-)

*Your results may vary. Any specific claims or permanence length of results vary for each patient and are not guaranteed.

Personal Statement

Dr. Karen Vaniver is known for her compassionate approach to patients and the natural results she achieves.

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Surgery - General and American Board of Plastic Surgery


American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

Consultation Fee

$100. Consult fee may be appplied to surgery, office procedures, neuromodulators, fillers, or skin care products

Awards & Recognition

America's Top Plastic Surgeons
Compassionate Doctor Award, 2013
Seattle Met Top Doctors, 2012
AMA Hero in Medicine Award, 2003
Brown University Teaching Award, 1992

Hospital Privileges

Dr. Vaniver has hospital affiliations at Lourdes Medical Center- Pasco, WA (Chief of Plastic Surgery), Swedish Medical Center in Seattle.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: Temple University
    Medical: MD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Residency: Brown University
    Fellowship: University of Florida, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Treatments offered at Lourdes Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

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Can I Get a Breast Lift Without Huge Scars?

In the past, breast lift was performed in the same manner as breast reduction, except for removing the extra breast tissue. The scar looked like an... READ MORE

Will a 300cc round high profile give me a natural look or should I go with a 275cc high profile, or moderate + profile? (Photo)

Based on your chest size, a 300 cc HP implant is too small for your frame, somewhat like a yoke in a fried egg. Given your goal, a breast lift alone... READ MORE

What Cosmetic Procedures Should I Do to Achieve a More Feminine Look? (Mtf Transgender)

Besides breast and gebital surgeries, there are additional procedures that can help MTF individuals. These include facil feminizing procedures,... READ MORE

Are Compression Garments Necessary After a TT with Lipo?

Both abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and liposuction procedures disrupt tissue through the trauma of surgery. The body responds to trauma by swelling.... READ MORE

Does Having a Hematoma Post-op Increase Your Risk of Capsular Contracture?

The presence of untreaated hematoma is linked to the development of capsular contracture. Your surgeon performed the absolutely correct actions of... READ MORE

Hollow Wrinkle Between Lower Lip and Chin?

As we age, changes in our chin include the development of wrinkling between the chin and the lip (labiomental crease), cobblestoning or irregularities... READ MORE

Is 64 to old for a breast augmentation? (photo)

Age alone is not a contraindication for surgery. Some considerations related to age include overall health, aging tissues and stretch, and recovery.In... READ MORE

Natural look augmentation 113lbs, 5'7" 275 cc? (photo)

Based on your measurements, your breast base should measure approximately 10-11 cm. This matches well to the implant sizes that have been recommended.... READ MORE

Rash on chest 6 days post op saline 370cc peri areola implants

Culprits for rashes after breast surgery include the following:Reaction to antibiotic ointmentReaction to tapeReaction to suturesReaction to nylon in... READ MORE

Are There Measures to Prevent Cc when Having a Revision Surgery?

Important factors in reducing the incidence of capsular contracture include control of bleeding, prevention of infection, and placement of the implant... READ MORE

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These Two Surprising Factors Ensure the Happiest Breast Reconstruction Patients

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3 Concepts of Breast Augmentation That, When Ignored, Could Lead to Revision Surgery

Dr. Karen Vaniver discusses what she says are the three main concepts of breast surgery that also apply to breast reconstructive surgery and that can lead to possible revision work down the road if ignored initially. WATCH VIDEO

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