HydraSolve - Gentle liposuction for Fat Transfers

HydraSolve® System Overview

The Selective, Gentle & Non-Destructive Fat Harvesting Technology

In autologous fat transfer, the clinical goal is to harvest the fat in a manner that is gentle and less traumatic for the fat tissue and the surrounding donor site tissues. That goal has now been achieved with HydraSolve®. Instead of cutting and shearing, HydraSolve® liquefies fat tissue but in a manner that retains the utility of the fat cells for grafting. HydraSolve® liquefies only the fat tissue and does not liquefy non-target tissues such as blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue. This mechanism should significantly reduce your post-op pain, swelling and bruising in the donor site tissues.

The Donor Site

The donor site is the operative field where the surgeon harvests fat, it consists of target and non-target tissues. Target tissues are pieces of anatomy that the surgeon wants to remove or alter, while the surgeon does not want to remove, change or damage non-target tissues.

The donor site includes six separate tissues: 1. Skin, 2. Fat tissue, 3. Connective tissue, 4. Blood vessels, 5. Nerves, and 6. Muscle. Whitish strands of connective tissue meander and course throughout the fat. The larger blood vessels, and the nerves, run inside the connective tissue strands. Only the tiniest blood vessels emerge from the connective tissue strands to supply the fat cells; these very small vessels cannot be seen by the naked eye. Also, very tiny nerves emerge from the connective tissue strands.

Of the 6 types of tissue in the donor site field, only one is a target tissue, the fat tissue. The other 5 tissues are all non-target tissues. Ideally, surgeons would prefer to work only on the target tissue (the fat tissue) and leave the rest alone, but to date that has been a very challenging goal to achieve.

The Fat Harvesting Process

To understand how fat harvesting works you need to understand and recognize a few simple concepts. First, surgeons are trying to remove cell clusters of a very large, solid tissue out of the body through a very small incision. Your surgeon would not want to make a larger incision because that could create a noticeable scar and would prolong your healing and recovery time.

Second, suction power alone is not strong enough to remove fat from the body; so the surgeon can’t just make a small incision in the skin, insert a cannula (hollow metal surgical tube) into the incision and then suck out the fat.

Because of the above two points, for surgeons to be able to remove that large, solid tissue from the body through such a tiny incision using suction power, they need to either:

  1. Cut the fat up into tiny pieces or
  2. Liquefy the fat.

Only by changing the fat through one of the above methods, will it be able to be removed from the body through a narrow diameter cannula inserted into the body via a tiny incision.

The essential problem with using the cutting option to remove fat tissue (which all non-HydraSolve® methods of fat harvesting do at some point in the procedure) is that blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue are cut along with the fat tissue. It is not possible to cut only the fat tissue and spare the other tissues.

HydraSolve’s Gentle, Selective “Tissue Liquefaction Technology”

HydraSolve®  utilizes “Tissue Liquefaction Technology” to selectively liquefy the fat tissue by adding low levels of heat and pressure to natural salineIt changes the fat from a solid to a liquid; it does that so the liquefied fat can then be easily suctioned out of the body through a narrow diameter cannula inserted via a tiny incision.

Artist rendering of tissue liquefaction

Artist rendering of tissue liquefaction

HydraSolve® is based on an innovation in Ophthalmology that has successfully and gently removed tens of thousands of cataracts in delicate eye surgeries in over 50 countries.