Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
3400 W Lomita Blvd, Suite 305
Torrance, California 90505 US

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5 out of 5 stars Cellulaze

Cellulaze - Torrence, CA

I have had really bad cellulite all my life. I had been patiently waiting for a procedure that could address it for years - I tried creams, external laser treatments, diet and exercise. I even had lipsculpture but the surgeon said that he couldn't touch the buttocks area so I was at a loss. Scouring the internet one night, I came across Cellulaze and researched diligently, both on the...

5 out of 5 stars Smart Lipo

Upper and Lower Abs~Smart Lipo Totally Worth It

I had my smart lipo procedure done on Thursday September 25, 2008. The procedure took about 2 hours because my doctor was so precise. I went to an all women's surgery center in Los Angeles, and I could not recommend a better place. Not only was the staff and the doctor extremely professional, but they were all VERY warm, kind and caring. I had been to 4 other plastic surgeons in the Los...

5 out of 5 stars Cellulaze

Everything you need to know about this procedure :) - Torrance, CA

I survived! It has officially been a little over 24 hours since my procedure. I’m going to go in depth as far as what these past 24 hours have been like but here’s some info about me first: 29 years old, 105 lbs, 5'4, "moderate" level of cellulite. Cellulite since the age of 11. Area treated: back of both thighs, from just above my knee all the way up to just...

5 out of 5 stars Cellulaze

Very Happy With Results. Experience Counts! - Torrance, CA

Pros: - It definitely reduces cellulite - my Doctor set realistic expectations and did a little more (Smart Lipo around knees and at the banana roll under butt) because she listened to what I was really looking to achieve. Cellulaze alone would not have given me those results - my Doctor and her staff provided great service - my Doctor was in the original FDA trials and had so much...

5 out of 5 stars Breast Implant Revision

Looking good in CA

She spent a lot of time looking at me and figuring out what she could to to give me a nice result and then proceeded to do even better that that. Worth every penny! I should have given more info in my first review. Immediately after my first BA, I developed a terrible doulble bubble and capsular contracture on both sides. I waited 6 mos for them to "drop and soften", which they...

5 out of 5 stars Smart Lipo

Smart Lipo - Torrance, CA

My abdomen so big and bulging,smart lipo was done,all fats suctioned well by Dr. Petti, she did a good job in my stomach, she called me at home to follow up after surgery, she is good surgeon so far I have no complications,my clinic visit was pleasant, staff are professionals,the clinic is clean and nice decorations well done by Dr. Petti, my body is now like in 20"s,post op follow is...

5 out of 5 stars Latisse

it works! - Torrance, CA

After about 4 weeks I started seeing results. They look a little longer and darker. I have been using it now for 7 weeks and I am happy. I bought a smaller brush and use only one drop for both eyes every day to make product last longer. Im looking forward to seeing what they will look like in a couple months.I have had two different people ask me if i was wearing false eyelashes this week!!!! ...

5 out of 5 stars Latisse

Definitely Worth It!! - Torrance, CA

I started using Latisse in June after I received a promotional flyer from a local doctor in my area! I was very skeptic because I do have very small lashes (teeny) and thought it was very expensive but what the heck, I've been waiting for this since I first heard about it. I am enclosing some of my pictures to show just how amazing this has worked for me. I have my sister and mom...

1 out of 5 stars Breast Lift

Overburdened Sutures & Unnecessary Keloids - Torrance, CA

My breasts grew in very fast when I hit puberty and as such the skin stretched, leaving my breasts a little on the saggy side and not so round. Long story short (yes this is short) I went to Dr. Petti for a lift; she also recommended putting in subglandular implants to make them more round. I trusted her opinion so I decided to go through with it. After the surgery, I was left with MASSIVE...

2 out of 5 stars Cellulaze

Fatty Knees - Torrance, CA

I had Cellulaze done on October 15, 2012 by Dr. Christine Petti. I am 63 and had horrible cellulite for many years so I wasn't expecting a miracle. I just hoped for some improvement. The actual procedure wasn't bad and I word the stage 1 and stage 3 compression garments for four months. It is almost six months now and I am upset about the new lumps of fat that hang over the inside of both...

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery


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

Consultation Fee

$100. $50 consultation if you mention RealSelf

Awards & Recognition

Best of the Beach, Easy Reader, Best Cosmetic Surgeon, 2014 - 2015
South Bay's Best, Los Angeles Daily Breeze Readers Poll, Best Cosmetic Surgeon, 2014 - 2015
Top Surgeon US News and World Report, 2013
Los Angeles Daily Breeze Readers Poll, Favorite Cosmetic Surgeon, 2009 - 2013
South Bay's Best, Los Angeles Daily Breeze Readers Poll, Best Cosmetic Surgeon, 2004 - 2008

Hospital Privileges

Dr. Petti has hospital affiliations at Torrance Memorial Medical Center & Providence Little Company of Mary Hospital.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: BS in Biology, St. Mary’s College of Notre Dame University
    Medical: MD, Medical College of Pennsylvania
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Internship: General Surgery, Drexel University College of Medicine, 1982
    General Surgery, Drexel University College of Medicine, 1986
    Plastic Surgery, University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, 1988
    Fellowships: Research, Georgetown University and National Institute of Health

Treatments offered at Palos Verdes Plastic Surgery Medical Center Inc.

Blog Posts and Articles


Voluma™ ( also know as Juvederm Voluma™) is a recently FDA-approved facial volumizer that consists of cross-linked hyaluronic acid that can be used as a subcutaneous injection to fill a deflated face to create a natural and youthful contour. I am excited about this new facial volumizer. I am a firm believer and have mastered the technique for a natural and appealing liquid facelift. Voluma™ can be placed in the cheekbone area to highlight the face and restore...

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How Can I Tighten Sagging Skin Without Surgery?

I have a large practice with patients who ask this same question. Additionally, I myself ask the same question when I look in the mirror, as the years... READ MORE

Best Wrinkle Filler

I am a board-certified plastic surgeon practicing in the Los Angeles area for 20 years. I have a vast experience with dermal fillers. For... READ MORE

What is Smart Lipo MPX?

I am a board-certified plastic surgeon in Los Angeles, South Bay area, and I have performed Smartlipo of the neck and body -- initially with the... READ MORE

Who Can Perform Smart Lipo?

It is my opinion, that Smartlipo is best performed by plastic surgeons experienced in all techniques of liposuction & body contouring. A great... READ MORE

How Much Does Smart Lipo Cost?

Smartlipo is laser-assisted liposuction. The Smartlipo MULTIPLEX (MPX) utilizes a blend of 2 laser wavelengths that have different qualities and... READ MORE

How to Detect a Rupture in a Breast Implant?

The majority of silicone gel breast implant ruptures are "silent", i.e., the patient, nor the surgeon or examining physician can... READ MORE

Bumps, Lumps and Roping After Smart Lipo: Is This Normal?

I have found Smartlipo of the arms to be very effective and in many instances a "wow". Of course, the patients who may benefit from this... READ MORE

What is the Best Alternative to a Face Lift?

In my practice, I call this "the holding pattern," where all efforts are made to keep the skin up and tight against the bony contours of the... READ MORE

What Happens when Liquefied Fat is Not Suctioned Out?

Liquified fat is aspirated to prevent collections of fluid and or blood; these collections can interfere w/ healing and the ultimate body/facial... READ MORE

Can you give me some advice on sizing for a breast augmentation on small frame? (Photo)

Breast augmentation can be tailored to your frame--communication of your desired size to your chosen surgeon is key.I think that communication is key... READ MORE

Before and After Photos by Dr. Petti

Christine A. Petti, MD has shared 50 before and after pictures with 444 helpful votes from the RealSelf community.

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