Mayha Patel, DO, FAAD & Christine Petti, MD, FACS

California Skin Institute–Skypark’s team consists of board-certified dermatologists and a plastic surgeon who are experienced in a wide range of advanced services including medical dermatology, cosmetic dermatology and aesthetic plastic surgery.

Board-certified cosmetic and medical dermatologist Mayha Patel, DO, has been practicing for six years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and biology from the University of California, Davis, and completed her dermatology residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Her research has focused on acne, psoriasis, eczema and basal cell carcinoma, and she is the author of numerous articles and book chapters in scientific literature.

Christine Petti, MD, is an aesthetic plastic surgeon who has worked in the medical field since 1988. She attended medical school at Georgetown University and the Medical College of Pennsylvania and completed residencies in general surgery and in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Petti had a solo practice of plastic surgery in the South Bay for 30 years and joined California Skin Institute in May 2020.

What is your specialty service?

Dr. Petti: “I specialize in aesthetic plastic surgery of the face, neck, breast and body contouring, as well as laser surgery and nonsurgical treatments including Smartlipo, CoolPeel, SmartSkin, Vivace radiofrequency microneedling, laser hair removal and other advanced aesthetic injection services. I have undergone plastic surgery myself, and I can relate to what my patients are going through. I grew up with humble beginnings in a steel mill town near Pittsburgh, which makes me very approachable, authentic, nurturing and grateful. I do have a good eye for aesthetic beauty and love plastic surgery—and it shows. Patients feel the vibe and remain with my practice for decades.”

Dr. Patel: “My expertise includes diseases of the skin, hair and nails, as well as surgical and cosmetic procedures such as Botox, fillers, microneedling, Kybella and a variety of lasers to suit each patient’s unique cosmetic concerns. I evaluate the body as a whole unit and diagnose with the notion that all things are connected and influence each other. This is imperative to understand the etiology behind a disorder or disease. Everyone’s face is naturally asymmetrical; the goal with facial sculpting is not perfect symmetry but rather improving and defining the natural angles of the face.”

What changes have you made due to COVID-19?

Dr. Patel: “COVID-19 has changed many things, particularly the way we see patients on a regular daily routine. All patients are required to wear a mask and have their temperatures checked. We are taking proper precautions to protect our staff and patients daily. We remind patients to wash their hands and sanitize before adjusting their mask, and to ensure their mask is oriented correctly.”

Dr. Petti: “I was fortunate to have an opportunity to end my solo private practice and join California Skin Institute during COVID-19. My private plastic surgery practice specializes exclusively in aesthetic plastic surgery. Due to the orders of our governor, I was not able to perform elective cosmetic surgery for more than two months. This time allowed me to transition my practice and patients to a new office and structure. I kept my two key employees with me and financially supported them entirely during the shutdown period. We were all in this together, and we united to restart the practice.”

What is your #1 piece of advice during this unprecedented time?

Dr. Petti: “Make it Happen—MIH. Whatever you need to get through each day, go forward, jump the hurdles, nourish, exercise and rest, preparing yourself for the next day’s race—MIH. Make each day better for all of us who share this beautiful America and this precious earth.”

Dr. Patel: “Focus on the future, try to remain hopeful about the unknown and motivated about what is to come from all the havoc we are feeling in this unprecedented time.”

Tell us about the heroes on your team at California Skin Institute.

Dr. Petti: “The heroes on my team are our patient coordinators, surgery schedulers and my dedicated manager. They service patients at the office and are dedicated to representing me at all times, even when I am in the OR for days. Also of great importance are the RNs, surgical technicians and anesthesiologists at our surgery center in Torrance. They are my essential team that help me execute the best results for my patients with only customized care.”

What are you grateful for?

Dr. Patel: “I am especially grateful to be able to work in a specialty that I truly have a passion for and love every part of. I feel privileged to wake up every day feeling excited about going to work and the endless new adventures in my career that await me. I am so thankful for my lovely patients and my loving husband and family.”