Jessyka G. Lighthall, MD, FACS

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Jessyka G. Lighthall, MD,  FACS
Employed by Penn State Health
Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Chief, Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

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About Me

Jessyka Lighthall, MD, FACS, is an associate professor in the Department of Otolaryngology ─ Head and Neck Surgery and the division chief of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. She is fellowship-trained and holds two board certifications in both otolaryngology ─ head and neck surgery and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Lighthall founded and currently directs the multidisciplinary Facial Nerve Clinic and is the medical director of the Penn State Health Esteem Cosmetic Center. She specializes in treating patients with aesthetic concerns related to aging, as well as reconstruction of head and neck cancer defects, facial skin cancer defects, traumatic facial injuries and congenital deformities.

Dr. Lighthall provides the full spectrum of aesthetic facial surgical procedures, including facelift, rhinoplasty (nose reshaping), blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), brow lift and facial augmentation. She is also trained in neuromodulator and filler use to treat wrinkles, as well as chemical peels, dermabrasion and lasers.  

Her additional expertise is in the reconstruction of Moh's skin cancer defects, microvascular free tissue transfer for reconstruction of large head and neck defects, and reconstruction of post-traumatic soft tissue and facial skeletal injuries.

Her clinical interests are in rhinoplasty, including cosmetic nasal reshaping, functional nasal surgery for difficulty breathing, and complex nasal reconstruction after cancer resection, trauma, or prior nasal surgery, as well as in the treatment of congenital deformities, such as cleft lip, cleft palate and external ear abnormalities.


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Professional Education


Medical School, Oregon Health Sciences University School of Medicine (Portland) - 2008


Fellowship, Surgery, Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinics (Minneapolis) - 2014


Residency, Surgery, Otolaryngology Oregon Health Sciences University (Portland) - 2013

Research Interests

  • Facial plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • Improving function and quality of life of patients with facial paralysis
  • Surgical outcomes and quality of life after facial aesthetic and reconstructive surgery


  • Best Doctors in America
  • Castle Connolly Top Doctors – 2020-2024
  • Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Penn State College of Medicine - 2019
  • Health Care Hero, Central Penn Business Journal - 2023