Meet Dr. Christine Petti

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Screen Shot 2016-01-25 at 8.52.34 AMDr. Petti and her Daughter, Jacqueline Stoneburner co-authored a manuscript on laser cellulite treatment and laser-assisted lipoplasty of the thighs and buttocksin the latest Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. Read here.

I am honored you have chosen to learn about me and my philosophies as a plastic surgeon. I am devoted to excellence. I have worked to achieve a practice with only one thing in mind — helping you accomplish your cosmetic surgery dreams with minimal risk and maximum results. Using my skill as a surgeon who specializes in cosmetic procedures to assure you of a pleasing aesthetic result is only one part of my role as an exceptional plastic surgeon. I also commit myself to helping you look beautiful for years to come. That’s why I direct a medically based day spa, Spa Bella, dedicated to providing customized medical skin care treatment programs to help you continue your beauty infinitely.

I believe that beauty is twofold, combining aesthetic eye appeal with inner peace to create a feeling of complete well-being. My cosmetic surgery practice, Palos Verdes Plastic Surgery Medical Center, works in synergy with Spa Bella, our innovative medical day spa, to bring you the best of both sides of beauty. We work to achieve total enhancement in one beautiful setting.

My aesthetic instincts and my passion for excellence naturally led me to the specialty of plastic surgery. I am more than enthusiastic and feel very fortunate to be able to participate in this fabulous field as my profession. Each year, I am more convinced that what you believe, you can achieve.

During your consultation, you and I together will formulate a plan for your desired cosmetic enhancement.

Once your cosmetic image is achieved, your recovery process necessitates physical as well as emotional healing. My professional and caring staff will hold your hand every step of the way.

Last but not least, my greatest reward is the smile on your face when your beauty dream has been achieved.

I look forward to meeting you,
Christine A. Petti, M.D., F.A.C.S.


Dr. Christine Petti is a board-certified plastic surgeon who 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 a pioneer in that she was one of the very first plastic surgeons to have an on-site full service medical day spa, Spa Bella, which she serves as Medical Director since 1998. Her practice is an official training center for Cynosure lasers procedures including Smartlipo™, Cellulaze™, Precision Tx™ laser treatment of the neck, and SmartSkin™ fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing. 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. In her early career, she was a Clinical Instructor in Plastic Surgery at The University of Southern California, teaching plastic surgery residents during their clinical training. 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. She is active in community educational seminars, guest-speaking events, and she provides clinical internship opportunities, sharing her surgical skills and knowledge to teach college students who are interested in medicine and surgery.

Dr. Petti has been a guest speaker on the CBS television series, “The Doctors,” for four consecutive years. She has also appeared on ABC’s “20/20″ as a medical expert, and has been featured on NBC’s “Inside Edition.” She is currently working with other major television networks as a plastic surgery expert, as well. US News and World Report has named Dr. Petti as one of the Top Doctors in the country. Her medical spa, Spa Bella, was voted “Best Medical Spa” in South Bay by the Easy Reader, and Dr. Petti was voted as “Best in Cosmetic Surgery.” She has been quoted in The Los Angeles Times and The Daily Breeze of Los Angeles over the years, and continues to be a resource for many Internet medical journalists who write on topics concerning aesthetic plastic surgery.

Dr. Petti’s undergraduate education was at Saint Mary’s College of Notre Dame. She attended medical school at Georgetown University and The Medical College of Pennsylvania and completed her plastic surgery residency at The University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed a full five-year residency in General Surgery prior to her plastic surgery residency. She is a Fellow of The American College of Surgeons (F.A.C.S.), an active member of The American Medical Association and California Medical Association.

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™. She has participated in several studies over the years, including a year-long multi-center study follow-up for Cellulaze™ treatment. She also continues to present to her peers on laser-assisted body contouring, and recently lectured on this topic for both the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery as well as The Aesthetic Show.


Beyond Plastic Surgery

Outside of work, Dr. Petti enjoys spending her free time with her husband, Dr. John Stoneburner, a cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon and her two daughters, Lauren and Jacqueline. Lauren graduated from The University of Southern California with a double major. She has earned a B.S. in Environmental Studies and a B.A. in Human Evolutionary Biology. Lauren is pursuing a Master of Environmental Management at The Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Jacqueline graduated from The University of Notre Dame with a B.S. in Science – Business and a supplementary major in Spanish. Jackie is pursuing her Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) at The Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. Skiing, jogging and hiking have been family pastime activities. They especially love sharing their leisure time with their Siberian huskies, Bravo and Bambi. Tigger, their adopted orange tabby kitten is a new addition to the family. The Indian Wells BNP Paribas Tennis tournament is a must each spring and trips to the Stoneburner family cabin on the Chesapeake Bay are enjoyed each summer. College football and year-round tennis are the sports the family love to follow. The classic rivalry between The University of Southern and The University of Notre Dame leave the house divided for brief moments, but with celebration and pain comes family laughter and bonding! As an only child, Dr. Petti dearly misses her deceased father and mother, who have given her the intelligence, morals and stamina to pursue, succeed and remain passionate in her beloved field of plastic and reconstructive surgery. Education, ethics, integrity, humility, morality, patriotism, humanity, honesty, health and happiness are cherished by all members of the Petti-Stoneburner family.