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WARNING: This is a medical blog intended ONLY for medical professionals!!! This blog contains nudity and graphic images of cosmetic surgeries. If you are offended by nudity and graphic images, or if your religion does not allow you to look at such images or to get cosmetic surgery done on yourself, please leave NOW!!! 

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Welcome to L’Elixir de Vie

by Arthur Tjandra, a video blog (Vlog) which contains case studies of cosmetic surgeries performed by Dr Arthur Tjandra, mostly liposuction and autologous fat transfer surgeries. Please scroll all the way down to the bottom of this page to see the drop-down list of videos/cases we have published, based on anatomical regions.

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For those who are just interested in Autologous Fat Grafting Breasts Augmentation, you may go straight to:

All you need to know about autologous fat grafting breasts augmentation.

What method of liposuction does Dr Arthur Tjandra practice?

Dr Arthur Tjandra of Elixir de Vie performs liposuction with just a plastic syringe, an outdated method which was practiced back in the 1980s and 1990s, which hardly any surgeon practices anymore these days. However, he has explained in great detail why “back to basics” may still be the best and safest method in liposuction, with the highest satisfaction rates and lowest risk of complications: “Liposuction Case Studies @ Elixir de Vie“. ……….READ MORE

Why the need of a video blog (Vlog)?

Because photos can be, and as a matter of fact, often edited! Do you have any idea how many surgeons actually “Photoshop” their before and after photos? There are many providers who offer Photoshop services to cosmetic surgery clinics. Below is one of the many emails we received from one of them. Go to YouTube and try to find videos showing results of cosmetic surgeries. There are plenty of videos out there. But, there is hardly any video which shows real video-recording of the body from all angles like what we do on our YouTube channel!  There are plenty of videos showing results of liposuction, but the results are shown in still pictures, not in video format. In other words, the results are showed in video slide show. What difference is this from showing photographs? ………..READ MORE

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When you choose a plastic surgeon to perform your autologous fat grafting breasts augmentation, you don’t really care if he has performed 10,000 rhinoplasty surgeries in the last 10 years. What you want to know is how many fat grafting breasts augmentation he has performed in the last 1 year, what the outcomes are, and how many complications he has. It is best if he could show pictures. But if he could show videos, that’s the best! This Vlog is created exactly to serve these purposes. This Vlog is created to showcase Dr Arthur Tjandra’s works in mostly liposuction and autologous fat grafting surgeries, as well as “Barbie Chee-Bye-plasty“.

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I would like to get liposuction done. I can go to any plastic surgeon, right? As long as he is “board-certified” the result will be good, no?

Board-certified Plastic Surgeons Receive the Least Training in Aesthetic Surgery!

Providing adequate training in plastic and reconstructive surgery is fraught with several challenges and this survey was performed to investigate the various shortcomings in training perceived by the trainees.

When plastic surgery residents were asked to specify specialties they were least trained in; aesthetic surgery was the most commonly reported specialty (53.7%) followed by burn surgery (45.4%) (see Fig. 7).

Reference: Asra Hashmi et al: A Survey of Current State of Training of Plastic Surgery Residents. BMC Research Notes. 2017 10:234 

A large percentage of plastic surgeons feel inadequately prepared to perform aesthetic surgery

Aesthetic surgery training remains uniquely challenging for plastic surgery residents.

High-demanding patients and limited aesthetic surgery volume at academic medical centers restrict the aesthetic experience of many residents.

A large percentage of plastic surgery residents feel inadequately prepared to perform aesthetic surgery upon graduation.

Reference: Jason Silvestre, BS Joseph M. Serletti, MD, FACS Benjamin Chang, MD, FACS: Disparities in Aesthetic Procedures Performed by Plastic Surgery Residents. Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Volume 37, Issue 5, 1 May 2017, Pages 582–587.

If you are looking for the most-qualified and experienced surgeon for liposuction and/or autologous fat grafting surgeries, you have come to the right place! Not all plastic surgeons are created equal. Every surgeon has his own area of expertise which he is most passionate about. If you wish to get liposuction done, you do not want to go to a surgeon who is good at rhinoplasty, but performs only a handful of liposuction surgeries annually, and vice versa. You do not want to look for a surgeon who is the jack of all trades. You want to look for the master of a specific surgery!

Surgeon Who Specializes in Only One Particular Surgery Could be Best for the Job

A new retrospective analysis shows that the best surgeon for the job is one who specializes in that particular operation.

More than 695,000 operations performed by 25,152 surgeons were analyzed for the study, published in the July 2016 issue of the British Medical Journal.

The study authors say their results suggest that a surgeon who performs only a particular surgery 20 times day in and day out but no other surgery, may end up with better outcomes than a surgeon who does the same surgery 40 times among a mix of 60 other types of surgeries.

If the same surgeon who performs your blepharoplasty tells you that he can also do rhinoplasty, otoplasty, surgical face lift, breast implants, autologous fat grafting, liposuction and buttocks augmentation for you with equivalently good results and confidence, RUN! 🙂

Reference: British Medical Journal. 2016 Jul 21; 354:i3571

There is a misconception that plastic surgery is identical to cosmetic surgery. Cosmetic surgery is but one very small component (less than 5%) of plastic surgery training. The term “plastic surgery” and “cosmetic/aesthetic surgery” cannot and should not be used interchangeably. As a matter of fact, a board-certified plastic surgeon may not even have the necessary exposure and training to be a good cosmetic surgeon. ………..READ MORE

Plastic Surgeons Feel Most Uncomfortable with Facial Aesthetic and Liposuction Procedures

Training in cosmetic surgery is especially challenging to implement for many programs due to the lack of patient volume or staff support to train plastic surgery residents.

Furthermore, many residents do not get aesthetic exposure until the end of their training. Even in the senior levels [postgraduate year (PGY) 5 and PGY6], the exposure to cosmetic surgery is limited with regard to the breadth of procedures performed and the time spent on dedicated cosmetic surgery rotations.

Studies analyzing the quality of aesthetic surgery training have shown deficits in training satisfaction and low confidence in performing common cosmetic procedures upon graduation. This is not only limited to the United States but also Europe and Canada.

Although in recent year there is an increase in dedicated cosmetic surgery rotations, the comfort level of performing facial aesthetic and body contouring (liposuction) procedures remains low particularly among independent residents.

Reference: Colton H. L. McNichols et al: Cosmetic Surgery Training in Plastic Surgery Residency Program. . 2017 Sep; 5(9): e1491. Published online 2017 Sep 26. doi:  [10.1097/GOX.0000000000001491]

You keep bragging you have performed thousands of surgeries. Where are the proofs?

Between 2007 and 2016, Dr Arthur Tjandra has performed approximately 10,000 liposuction and autologous fat transfer procedures. Well, anyone can brag about having performed thousands or tens of thousands of surgeries, but Dr Arthur Tjandra also provides proofs of his works! He has published approximately 5,000 pictures on Elixir de Vie official website from 2008 to 2011, and 3,000 videos on Elixir de Vie YouTube channel from 2013 to 2016, and more than 3000 videos on this Vlog, from Dec 2016 till Jan 2019. ……….READ MORE

Are you even “qualified”? Can I see your diplomas?

To learn about Dr Arthur Tjandra‘s academic qualifications, you may visit our official website. But, who really cares about paper qualifications? Academic qualifications are important when one is fresh out of school trying to look for a job. A surgeon who does not have a track record will have to fall on his paper qualifications to convince a patient to get surgeries done by him. A confident surgeon with proven track records will ask prospective patients to do their own research to study his track records. When you look for a lawyer to fight a case in court, you do not look for one with the highest GPA and attended an Ivy League law school, but without track records, do you? You look for one with the best track records, winning the most cases in courts, regardless of what paper qualification he has, don’t you? ………..READ MORE

What is/are your specialty(ies)?

Dr Arthur Tjandra of Elixir de Vie is world-renowned for his expertise and experience in dealing with anything to do with fat! ………..READ MORE

I can’t stand your constant bragging. Show me proofs of your works!

When Dr Arthur Tjandra finally published more than 5000 photographs of before and after liposuction surgeries on his website in early 2010s, followed by another 3000 videos on his YouTube channel by mid-2010s, he took the world by storm! He quickly became a sensation! A lot of people suddenly felt threatened by the existence of his photos, but especially the videos! It is the first time in the world, a surgeon is being so transparent! Dr Arthur Tjandra of Elixir de Vie takes videos during every single stage of his surgeries, from the moment he does pre-operative marking, until the completion of the surgeries, as well as follow-up videos taken months and years later, when patients return for other procedures or subsequent surgeries. ………..READ MORE

You claim you have 3,000 videos on YouTube. I can only see 2,170 videos. Where are the rest?

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They have been deleted by YouTube. Why would “people” lobby YouTube to remove our videos and even shut down our channel, you may ask, while many other similar videos published by other surgeons, and even outwardly pornographic videos are allowed on YouTube? ………..READ MORE

Why would YouTube remove all your videos?

We suspect that YouTube decided to delete many of our videos, including the ones which obviously contain no nudity at all, such as facial fat grafting, neck liposuction and calves/ankles liposuction, because they do not want patients and the general public to learn that liposuction performed with a cheap 2-dollar syringe can achieve much better result than, and can even be used to correct liposuction result performed with expensive liposuction devices which cost hundreds of thousand of dollars! ………..READ MORE

Disclaimer: Elixir de Vie does NOT accept Indonesians as patients! Elixir de Vie does NOT offer its services to Indonesians. This blog is not meant for Indonesians. If you are Indonesian, we respectfully request you to leave this site now!

The bottom line is very clear, as what the preachers have preached in the videos. Due to the sensitive issue of cosmetic surgery, and in view of recent developments in Indonesia, Elixir de Vie Indonesia has ceased its operation since 1 January 2017, and has been re-branded as Elixir de Vie Singapore. All inquiries should now be directed to Elixir de Vie Singapore. Just like its predecessor, Elixir de Vie Singapore does NOT offer its services to Indonesians.

Patients of other nationalities should disclose to us if their religion forbids them from getting cosmetic surgeries done on themselves, so that we can refuse to accept them as patients, or cancel their surgeries, if a booking for surgery has already been made. The last thing you want is to get imprisoned or caned!

At Elixir de Vie, we adopt “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy. We cannot be expected to play the role of a moral police. If no such disclosure is made, we cannot be held responsible should your religious chief finds out about your surgery!

Moreover, our surgeon is a Buddhist. And the last time we heard, cosmetic surgery is not forbidden in Buddhism! Neither is a Buddhist surgeon forbidden from performing cosmetic surgeries on a Buddhist patient. 

Professor Tommy Koh says it rightly, “Singapore is a secular state by choice. Our laws are a living document that is geared to move with time and public sentiments, not to be dictated by any religion“.

Finally, to those religious extremists out there, who think they are moral police and decide what people who do not even share the same belief as them, can or cannot do to their own bodies, what people can or cannot see and watch on the internet, if you feel disturbed with our blog and videos, instead of keep coming to our clinic to extort money from us, please appeal to the authorities to block YouTube and this blog in Indonesia! You may even want to visit YouTube office to extort money from them, instead. After all, they are much wealthier than us! If you think that what we do is illegal, because we change what God has created, please get the Ministry of Health to shut us down! This Vlog is NOT meant for you! It is meant for medical professionals! If you are not a medical professional, please LEAVE NOW!!!!!!!

Namo Amituofo

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WARNING: This is a medical blog intended ONLY for medical professionals!!! This blog contains nudity and graphic images of cosmetic surgeries. If you are offended by nudity and graphic images, or if your religion does not allow you to look at such images or to get cosmetic surgery done on yourself, please leave NOW!!!