Pittsburgh, PA plastic surgeon Dr. James Fernau is proud to offer area patients a new, gentle way to remove fat through a controlled heating system that liquefies and removes fat without disrupting nearby tissue. HydraSolve uses the FDA-approved Tissue Liquefaction Technology (TLT) and a specially designed cannula, which delicately heats the internal fat pockets that reside under the skin and in certain areas that are resistant to natural weight loss. The HydraSolve system works differently than traditional liposuction because it eliminates the forceful movement that is required in traditional fat removal surgery, and instead targets certain areas with liquefaction of fat tissue. During a HydraSolve procedure, liquefaction occurs only to fat tissue — therefore nearby blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues are not affected or disrupted.
HydraSolve works best for patients who are at a stable, healthy weight. It is not intended to be a method for weight loss. The results following a HydraSolve procedure are generally long lasting, but your outcomes could be affected by new weight gain, pregnancy, and aging, so we encourage patients to maintain a healthy lifestyle to avoid additional weight gain. Patients should not smoke or use tobacco if undergoing HydraSolve as this can impair the healing process. Many of our patients who decide to undergo HydraSolve are also excellent candidates for a fat transfer procedure. HydraSolve's patented technology works great for autologous fat grafting.
"If you want to be treated like family and get world class treatment at a very very reasonable cost this is the place to be. Thanks a lot doctor, and you wonderful staff. The best experience I have had at any doctor's office."- P.G. / Facebook / Sep 02, 2015
"I had complications in thr OR with lipo and BBL yet he was able to get me stable and finish the surgery. I couldnt be happier with the results, the unexpected hospital stay, and the pain management afterwards. He is a geat surgeon with an excellent bedside manner."- J.G. / Google / Jun 18, 2019
"Excellent, Talented Surgeon - Dr. Fernau performed a rhinoplasty, septoplasty, and otoplasty on me. I am extremely happy with the result. In addition to being extremely talented, he is also very big on patient safety and I would recommend him 1000%. The office staff were always very kind and willing to answer any questions."- Anonymous / Vitals / Feb 26, 2019
"Awesome job! I would highly recommend Dr James Fernau and his staff - I would highly recommend Dr James Fernau and his staff. From the beginning, everyone was so nice and very knowledgeable about my procedure. This was a hard decision for me and they made it so easy, I wish I would have done it sooner. I had very little to no pain from my procedure, which I attribute to his protocol that he has you do before surgery. The office staff and nurses always greet you..."- D. / RealSelf / Jan 03, 2019
"Dr. Fernau and his staff are amazing! In June 2018 I had a no drain lipoabdominoplasty and the results are better than I ever could have imagined. During the consultation, I was given the options based on what I wanted to accomplish and Dr. Fernau was very honest with me in which procedures would get me the best results. In deciding to go through with the tummy tuck, Sheila was a wealth of knowledge in going over the paper work and preoperative procedures. On the day of the surgery at Trinity Hospital (and their staff was amazing too!), I was nervous, but knew I was in good hands because of how thorough and meticulous Dr. Fernau was before we went into the room for surgery. After surgery I couldn't believe how good I felt and already looked! The recovery process was much better than expected (I never took a pain pill!). I was walking pretty much normal after a week and back to normal activities within 6 weeks. My life has changed completely due to this procedure and the wonderful results thanks to Dr. Fernau. I am continuing to workout and watch my diet and after 5 months post-op I am down 20 pounds and look like a whole knew person! I highly recommend Dr. Fernau and his staff. They are truly AMAZING!"- A. / Google / Nov 26, 2018
About the Procedure
HydraSolve is performed under anesthesia. Depending on the body parts being targeted and if a fat transfer is also taking place, the patient will either be given local anesthesia or placed under general anesthesia. The cannula is inserted and gently glided under the skin where the heated saline melts the fat cells, which turns the fat into a liquid that is then removed. During a HydraSolve procedure, tiny incisions are made in the skin to allow the cannula access, but the technology is not designed to cut the fat for removal.
Many patients ask how the cannula does not affect nearby tissue once it is under the skin. This is because the pressure of the saline stream is low, therefore it is designed to avoid cutting tissue other than the targeted area. In addition, the opening to the HydraSolve cannula is rounded and dull, puposely manufactured this way to do its job without damaging or cutting tissue in the process. During the procedure, Dr. Fernau moves the HydraSolve cannula in a gentle, slow, and methodical manner so that the exact pockets of fat are correctly targeted, resulting in an aesthetic outcome the patient will be happy with. As a result, there is less tissue trauma made to the body and a faster recovery.
What to Expect
HydraSolve is designed with a gentle fat reduction system (which helps minimize bruising and bleeding) thus lessening the overall recovery time. Most patients who only have the fat removal surgery can return to work in a few days and resume physical activities within 2 – 3 weeks. The peak aesthetic outcome is typically seen within 1 – 3 months. If a patient is having a fat transfer at the same time as the liposuction treatment, the recovery process takes longer because there are multiple areas that require healing and post-op care.
Plan Your Procedure
Melt Away Fat
At the plastic surgery center of Dr. James Fernau, we are always looking for new methods to attain the aesthetic goals of our patients. HydraSolve can be used on most parts of the body including the abdomen, hips, back, arms, thighs, and buttocks. It is excellent for fat transfers and is the preferred system Dr. Fernau uses for most patients. If you would like to learn more about HydraSolve, please contact our Pittsburgh area office today to schedule your consultation.