Complements Dr. Emily Peterson: Looking and feeling better, more than skin deep


Feeling good about who you are on the inside – as well as on the outside – is important to overall wellbeing. At Mount Nittany Physician Group Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgery, Emily Peterson, MD, and team understand that the decision to undergo a cosmetic procedure can be a difficult one. That’s why it’s their number one priority to listen to their patients. It’s about finding a look that makes each person comfortable.

Meet Dr. Peterson

Dr. Peterson has been a trusted professional in the area for 10 years. She performs all types of reconstructive and cosmetic surgeries, as well as non-surgical procedures such as Botox®, Coolsculpting®, Juvederm®, Ultherapy® and Cellfina®, through the Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgery practice.

A graduate of Cornell University, Dr. Peterson earned her medical degree at Drexel University College of Medicine.  Her residencies included general surgery and plastic & reconstructive surgery at Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown. Dr. Peterson is a member of several professional medical associations, including the American Medical Association, American Board of Plastic Surgery, and the Association of Women Surgeons. She is board chair for Mount Nittany Physician Group and serves as vice president of Robert H. Ivy Pennsylvania Plastic Surgery Society.

The eyes have it

The area around the eyes is often one of the first to show the signs of aging, and eyelids can have a major effect on the way a face is perceived. Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is an outpatient procedure that normally takes between one to two hours under general anesthesia.

A drooping upper eyelid can be corrected using an incision following the upper crease of the lid. Once the incision has been made, Dr. Peterson tightens the muscles and tissue in the lid and removes the excess skin. Upper eyelid procedures may be covered by insurance if found to be affecting vision. Work done on the lower eyelid is generally accomplished using an incision made just below the lash line.

When less is more

Excess breast tissue prevents many women from leading the active life they desire and can cause significant pain and discomfort in the neck, shoulders and back.

Overly large breasts can also lead to a poor self-image. It can be difficult to find flattering clothes, and many women with large breasts feel extremely self-conscious about their figure and appearance.

Gynecomastia is a condition in which a man's breasts become overly developed due to factors including a change in hormone balance, simple heredity, disease or the use of certain drugs. The condition is very common in adolescent boys but usually disappears by adulthood.

Breast reduction surgery, or reduction mammoplasty, is performed under general anesthesia and takes between three to four hours for women and around 90 minutes for men. Some insurances cover this procedure if symptoms cannot be managed conservatively, i.e., with physical therapy, over-the-counter pain medicines, etc.

To learn more about services offered at Mount Nittany Physician Group Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgery, or to schedule a consultation, call 814.231.7878 or visit

This article originally appeared in Town & Gown.