Pittsburgh Plastic Surgeon
1000 Cliff Mine Road, Park West One, Suite 120
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15275 US
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5 out of 5 stars Voluma

Voluma - Pittsburgh, PA

Dr. Fernau and Sheila made me feel comfortable and amazing. Entire staff friendly and knowledgable. I cannot recommend them enough.

5 out of 5 stars Microneedling

52yo Looks 102 Yo - Pittsburgh, PA

Amazing experience. Staff fabulous but Cindy Scozio could not have been more knowledgable or reassuring. I will never go anywhere else for treatments

5 out of 5 stars Age Spots Treatment

Unsightly Age Spot Removed from Lip! - Pittsburgh, PA

Personable, knowledgeable, considerate

5 out of 5 stars Breast Implants

20 Year Old, Athletic, No Kids, Breast Augmentation - Pittsburgh, PA

Dr. Fernau is a highly professional and personable individual. He did an excellent job choosing the right implants for me and I am beyond happy with the results. I would recommend him to any friends or family looking for cosmetic surgery.

5 out of 5 stars Injectable Fillers

Late Forty's with Forehead Wrinkles - Pittsburgh, PA

Dr. Fernau was very pleasant and kind. He was intelligent and very knowledgeable and answered all my questions in a gentle way that I can understand him. He helped me understand what was going to be involved and made me feel very comfortable and at ease. He has a caring way about him and I only felt a couple of pinches and hardly had any swelling. He definitely is my Doctor of choice here on in. I would definitely recommend him to my family and friends.

5 out of 5 stars Bellafill

Brow Wrinkles - Pittsburgh, PA

Dr. Fernau is amazing. He is so attentive, gentle and kind. He is very intelligent and knowledgeable and explains everything clearly and concisely. He injected Bellafill and Botox in my brow lines and I have had amazing results. He is the best! :)

5 out of 5 stars Arm Lift

Amazing Results! - Pittsburgh, PA

Dr Fernau is an amazing surgeon! Nice Guy! He will get you results!!

5 out of 5 stars Breast Implants

In Desparate Need of Cleavage - Pittsburgh, PA

Dr. Fernau is hands down one of the best plastic surgeons in USA ! He took over one hour explaining the procedures and was so kind, patient and caring. Great staff ! He did a breast augmentation and Smartlipo of my abdomen and hips and I look fabulous! Size 8 to size 2 ! He also lasers over any scar free of charge. I give him 20 stars ! All of his equipment is state of the art. I am recommending family and friends to him.

5 out of 5 stars Laser Surgery

Laser Scar Revision - Pittsburgh, PA

They were great. Dr. Fernau is very kind and down to earth. He was personable and easy to talk to.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Reduction

40 Years Old - Pittsburgh, PA

Dr. Fernau is truly an incredible physician. I am always amazed at his knowledge base and how he is always going to different courses and coming back with cutting edge technology. I have referred multiple friends and they also have had incredible results. Trust me, Dr. Fernau is the greatest plastic surgeon you will ever go to and his staff is incredible as well. They truly care about all of their patients and their well being. I have been to other plastic surgeons before I met Dr. Fernau and none of them could compare to him. He is the best at what he does and will do whatever it takes so that his patients have the best results possible.

*Your results may vary. Any specific claims or permanence length of results vary for each patient and are not guaranteed.

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and American Board of Plastic Surgery


American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS)

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Awards & Recognition

-American Society of Plastic Surgery Certificate of Special Recognition for Community Service and Volunteerism, December 2005
-ASAPS Certificate of Advanced Education in Cosmetic Surgery, 2002-2015
-Consumers Research Council of America, "Top Surgeon", 2007-2015
-Excellence in Plastic Surgery Award, by National Institute of Medicine, 2013
-Distinguished Consultant to the National Institute of Medicine, 2013
-Patient Safety Committee American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, 2013-Pres
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Hospital Privileges

Dr. Fernau has hospital affiliations at Heritage Valley Sewickley, Trinity West Hospital, Sewickley Surgical Center.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: BS in Zoology, University of Wyoming, 1981
    Medical: MD, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1986
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Internship: General Surgery, Mount Carmel Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio, 1987
    Otolaryngology, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine Eye and Ear Hospital, 1991
    Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Utah School of Medicine, 1993
    Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, with Richard A. Mladick, MD, 1993
    Brazilian Buttock Implants and Body Contouring with Raul Gonzalez, MD, Ribeirao Preto, Brazil

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3 weeks post op Brazilian Butt Lift with hip fat transfer. When can I start sitting and sleeping on my back? (photos)

Hi there,You are allowed to sit and lay on your back after 3 weeks following the surgery. However, even though it has been three weeks, try to put the... READ MORE

Recommended Pillow for Sitting After Brazilian Butt Lift?

You can sit on the Booty Buddy if you need to sit down for an extended period of time. You should under no circumstances sit directly on your buttock... READ MORE

What vitamins should I be taking prior to getting a bbl? And what vitamins should I take after bbl?

Thank you for your question.This really differs per practice seeing as every surgeon has a slightly different post operative protocol. Vitamin C can... READ MORE

Will Tightening Arm Skin Leave Severe Scars?

In the plastic surgery literature 40% of patients who undergo a standard full length brachioplasty develop unsatisfactory scars. When scars can be... READ MORE

What is the Best Non-surgical Treatment for Sagging Underarms?

If your arms have very minimal skin laxity you could do a combination of weightlifting to build the tricep muscle and the bicep muscle and obtain some... READ MORE

Can somebody refer me to a doctor in the Dominican Republic who will give me just lipo and a bbl?

Thank you for your question.I would highly recommend that you have your surgery done in the US by a board certified plastic surgeon. This will reduce... READ MORE

Will my butt drop? 5 days post-op. (photos)

Thank you for your question and photographs.I would consult with your surgeon for a physical examination if there are areas of your buttocks that you... READ MORE

When can I stop wearing a bra at night after Breast Augmentation? My operation was 7 weeks ago and all is well.

Thank you for your question.Ultimately, this is up to your plastic surgeon. I would recommend discussing their post operative protocols with you so... READ MORE

Why am I in so much pain? (Photo)

Thank you for your question.You may have an infection and possible suture granulomas. I would recommend getting cultures taken to see if there is any... READ MORE

Would fat transfered to my hips live after a Brazilian butt lift, even though I've never had fat on my hips? (Photo)

Thank you for your question and photographs.I would recommend that you schedule a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon so they can... READ MORE

Before and After Photos by Dr. Fernau

James Fernau, MD, FACS has shared 50 before and after pictures with 137 helpful votes from the RealSelf community.

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