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Tissue-Liquefaction Technology

TLT with HydraSolve® in St. Louis

Tissue liquefaction technology (TLT) represents one of the newest forms of liposuction technology currently available. Some devices rely on heat energy to dislodge fat cells, while others may rely on a water jet. But TLT is different. HydraSolve®, the only TLT device currently available, relies on a synergy between gentle suction and low energy pulsed packets of warmed saline to gingerly separate fat cells from the body. The applied energy and heat are low enough to avoid tissue trauma, and when they work together the result is liposuction with minimal bruising, swelling and pain.

Drs. Terry Myckatyn and Marissa Tenenbaum have the one of the largest worldwide experiences with HydraSolve®, having performed over 250 procedures with this device since 2013.

How TLT Works

First, a tiny incision, just a couple millimeters long, is placed near the area of desired fat removal. The area is then treated with a “wetting solution” that minimizes pain and bleeding. The HydraSolve® cannula is then placed through the same tiny incision. Packets of saline fluid, warmed to a balmy ≥100°F and pressured to ≥900 psi, separate nearby fat cells from one another. This tissue is then gently sucked into a blunt side-port located on the HydraSolve® cannula. This gentle process leaves the remaining normal tissue structure intact, leading to minimal bruising and bleeding.


TLT and Fat Grafting

HydraSolve® is an excellent device for harvesting fat cells for fat grafting – a process whereby fat cells are removed with liposuction and then transferred elsewhere in the body for cosmetic or reconstructive purposes. In fact, on April 24, 2013, the HydraSolve® device became the first and only device FDA-cleared for autologous fat grafting ( Fat transfer with HydraSolve® can be used to further improve the results of facelift surgery, breast surgery, and many other forms of plastic surgery. Dr. Myckatyn and Dr. Tenenbaum have also studied the effectiveness of the HydraSolve® device in more than 130 patients undergoing touch-ups following breast reconstruction and found it to be safe, efficient and effective. Compared to other technologies, fat transfer with TLT takes less time to perform with a quicker recovery.

Liposuction with a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Far more important than the specific liposuction technique are the skill and expertise of the surgeon performing it. Certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery demonstrates that a plastic surgeon has received extensive, rigorous education and hands-on training performing these procedures, and that he or she has successfully completed exams demonstrating their expertise in this area. For board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Terry Myckatyn and Dr. Marissa Tenenbaum, your safety and satisfaction are their foremost concerns, and they can help you determine which body-contouring procedure, or combination of procedures, would best achieve your individual goals.

To schedule a consultation at West County Plastic Surgeons to find out if liposuction with HydraSolve® is right for you, contact our St. Louis office by phoning 314-996-8800, requesting your consultation online, or emailing us today.

If you have questions or would like to book a consultation with one of the surgeons at West County plastic Surgery, please call (314) 996-8800

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Meet Our Surgeons

There’s something different about West County Plastic Surgeons of Washington University. Not only do our surgeons provide an accessible and patient-friendly atmosphere, but we uphold Washington University’s reputation for cutting-edge procedures. We invite you to learn more about our surgeons.
Dr. Terry Myckatyn

Voted among the "Best Doctors in St. Louis" and "Best Doctors in America" by Best Doctors, Inc. since 2008, Dr. Terry Myckatyn is no stranger to being recognized for his work in plastic surgery. A board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon in the United States and Canada, Dr. Myckatyn specializes in all forms of cosmetic surgery and breast reconstruction. Read On

Dr. Marissa Tenenbaum

Dr. Tenenbaum – a board-certified plastic surgeon – specializes in all forms of cosmetic surgery and breast reconstruction, employing techniques acquired through working with some of the most respected cosmetic and reconstructive surgeons in the country. She has been voted among the "Best Plastic Surgeons" and "Best Doctors in America" by St. Louis Magazine. Read On

Emily Weinhaus P.A.

A licensed physician’s assistant, Emily performs non-invasive cosmetic procedures, such as BOTOX® injections, fillers, laser skin resurfacing, laser hair removal and spider vein treatments. Read On