Christine Petti, MD

Christine Petti, MD, FACS

Plastic Surgery Torrance, CA

Palos Verdes Ambulatory Plastic Surgery Medical Center

Office Address

  • 3400 Lomita Blvd. Suite 305
    Torrance, CA 90505
    Phone: (310) 539-5888

Christine Petti, MD, FACS

Plastic Surgery Torrance, CA

Palos Verdes Ambulatory Plastic Surgery Medical Center


  • Dr. Christine Petti is a board-certified plastic surgeon that has had a private practice in the South Bay and Los Angeles area since 1988. She specializes in aesthetic plastic surgery, aesthetic laser surgery and non-invasive surgical cosmetic rejuvenation procedures. Dr. Petti is the Medical Director of the Palos Verdes Ambulatory Surgery Medical Center, a private, on-site AAASF certified plastic surgery center with a staff of specialized plastic surgery registered nurses and board-certified anesthesiologists. Dr. Petti is a member of the medical staff of both Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Hospital. She is an expert reviewer for The Medical Board of California. Dr. Petti is a member of the Advisory Board for The Wellness Cancer Community of The South Bay. Dr. Petti is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. She is an active member of The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ASPS) and The California Society of Plastic Surgeons (CSPS). Dr. Petti has achieved the honor of being named the #1 Cosmetic Surgeon and Favorite Cosmetic Surgeon in the South Bay by the Daily Breeze of Los Angeles for over six consecutive years. Dr. Petti has been a guest speaker on the CBS television series, "The Doctors" for 4 consecutive years and US News and World Report have selected her as one of the Top Doctors in the country. She has been on NBC "Inside Edition". Dr. Petti is one of six clinical investigators in the FDA study of Cellulaze™, the revolutionary minimally invasive laser treatment of cellulite, and she currently trains plastic surgeons around the world in the laser-assisted cellulite treatment, as well as laser-assisted lipoplasty, Smartlipo™. For more information about her practice, visit .

Clinical Specialties & Interests

  • Plastic Surgery: General Plastic Surgery
  • Clinical Interests: Facelift; Necklift; Blepharoplasty; Fractional Laser Resurfacing; Botox; Juvederm; Sculptra; Laser Hair Removal; Abdominoplasty; Breast Lift; Smart Liposuction; Breast Augmentation; Cellulaze

Faculty Appointments & Work History

  • Assistant Clinical, Professor, Surgery (Plastic)University of Southern California
    Los Angeles, CA

Education & Medical Training

  • Drexel University College of MedicineDrexel University College of Medicine
  • Drexel University/Hahnemann University HospitalDrexel University/Hahnemann University Hospital
  • Georgetown Univ Hosp
  • Medical College of Pennsylvania
  • Saint Mary’s College of Notre Dame
  • University of ChicagoUniversity of Chicago

Certifications & Licensure

  • CA State Medical LicenseCA State Medical License1986 - 2016
  • American Board of Plastic SurgeryPlastic Surgery, 1990
  • American Board of SurgerySurgery, 1988

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Top Doctors:LA AreaCastle Connolly, 2013
  • Top Doctors:Southern CaliforniaCastle Connolly, 2012
  • Favorite Cosmetic SurgeonLos Angeles Daily Breeze, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

Publications & Presentations

Journal Articles

  • Assessment of Acute Microcirculatory Changes by Computed Doppler Sonography.  Petti CA, Koudsi B, Halpern DE, Backus A, Nichter LS, The Journal of Hand Surgery, Vol. 19A
  • Assessment of Acute Microcirculatory Changes by Computed Doppler Sonography.  Petti CA, American Society for Surgery of the Hand. Vancouver, B.C.
  • Non-invasive Rapid Prediction of Venous Occlusion in Digital Replantation.  Petti CA, American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgeons. Orlando, FL


  • Multi Center Evaluation for the Treatment of Cellulite Using a New Minimally Invasive Laser Approach. Barry DiBernardo, M.D., Gordon Sasaki, M.D., Bruce Katz, M.D., Joseph P. Hunstad, M.D., Christine Petti, M.D., A. Jay Burns, M.D., American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Vancouver, Canada


  • Lidocaine is Not Necessary in Liposuction. American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Boston, MA
  • UltraPulse Carbon Dioxide Laser Resurfacing -The War On Wrinkles, The Best Defense is a Good Offense. American Society of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Nurses, San Francisco, CA
  • Assessment of Acute Microcirculatory Changes by Computed Doppler Sonography. American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Vancouver, B.C (1990)


  • Banish Cellulite, Lose Weight & Look 10 Years Younger. Petti, CA, The Doctors. TV Program
  • Solve Your Biggest Double Dilemmas. Petti, CA, The Doctor. TV Program
  • Biggest Makeover Show Ever. Petti, CA, The Doctors. TV Program


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