Welcome to L’Élixir de Vie
L’Elixir de Vie is a world-renowned Center of Excellence for Liposuction and Fat Grafting procedures. L’Elixir de Vie was founded by Dr Arthur Tjandra on 23 November 2008, in Medan, Indonesia. Initially, L’Elixir de Vie was a holistic anti-aging, cosmetic surgery and sports medicine center, complete with medical spa. In 2013, however, it morphed into a Liposuction and Fat Grafting Center of Excellence, as Dr Arthur Tjandra decided to focus on his forte: liposuction and fat grafting procedures. That was the same year Dr Arthur Tjandra started publishing video case studies of his surgeries on his now-defunct YouTube channel.
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Video Case Studies
This Video Blog (Vlog) is where Dr Arthur Tjandra publishes his surgical video case studies, after YouTube terminated his YouTube channel. While almost all plastic surgeons present their works in photo format, Dr Arthur Tjandra prefers to present his, in video format.
How to navigate through this site
There are 3 ways to navigate through this Vlog, to view our video case studies:
- To browse through our case studies list, click on: Elixir de Vie Video Case Studies Summary Index.
- To view case studies of a specific surgery on a specific anatomical region, scroll down to the drop-down “CATEGORIES” menu in the footer below, and choose the type of surgery and anatomical region you would like to see. E.g. Liposuction, female abdomen. You can then see a list of case studies based on the preference you have indicated. Choose the case study you are interested in, and click on Read More.
- Alternatively, you may use the “SEARCH” button in the footer below, if you know the patient’s identification number, e.g. “Patient No. 500”.
Viewing before/after surgery pictures properly on mobile devices by refreshing your browser
If you are reading this blog on a computer, there will be no problem viewing the before and after surgery pictures in the case studies summary index pages. However, if you are viewing those pages on a mobile phone, the before and after pictures appear extremely small even when you flip your mobile phone sideway into landscape view. In order to get the pictures to “blow themselves up” to fit your entire screen in landscape view, you have to “refresh” your browser.
Let’s try this with the following before and after pictures. Firstly, view this in portrait view, then flip your mobile phone into landscape view. After that, refresh the page to see the pictures blow up! In case you would like to view/read her case studies, she is Patient No. 344.
Important information about liposuction and fat grafting
We urge you to read the following 4 pages for comprehensive information about liposuction and autologous fat grafting procedures.
- Important Information about Liposuction and Fat Grafting
- All You Need to Know about Autologous Fat Grafting Breasts and Buttocks Augmentation
- Liposuction @ Elixir de Vie
- Autologous Fat Transfer Breasts and Buttocks Augmentation @ Elixir de Vie
Do not forget “Complaints” case studies!
Do not forget to go through case studies which are published under “Complaints” or “Unhappy Patients” categories. Because those published under “Complaints” or “Unhappy Patients” categories are supposedly Dr Arthur Tjandra‘s worst works! Therefore, by going through what his patients complained about, you can learn what Dr Arthur Tjandra‘s perception of beauty is. Like they said, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Hence, if you do not see eye-to-eye with Dr Arthur Tjandra in what defines beauty, it is best not to come to him for surgery. As what he considers as his masterpiece, may turn out to be your worst nightmare! The 2 bad reviews about Dr Arthur Tjandra on RealSelf.com below, illustrate our point. One of them is a fake review, though.
- Bad arms lipo – Arthur Tjandra – Review – RealSelf
- Abdominal Lipo Disaster – Arthur Tjandra – Review – RealSelf
The issue stems from different perception of beauty between Dr Arthur Tjandra and his patients. So far, he has had 3 complaints about the results of his arms liposuction, which he actually loves and labels as his masterpieces in his video case studies! One of those patients posted her negative review on RealSelf.com. As an athlete, Dr Arthur Tjandra loves muscle definitions. Within East Asian communities (Chinese, Japanese, Korean) however, muscle definitions are frowned upon, and skinny fat is considered beautiful, instead. Unfortunately, Dr Arthur Tjandra practices in South East Asia, and his patients are predominantly ethnic Chinese women, who may find muscle definitions unappealing. If you do not like muscle definitions and would still like to engage Dr Arthur Tjandra for your liposuction surgery, please state it clearly during pre-operative consultation. Otherwise, Dr Arthur Tjandra performs high-definition lipo-sculpting by default! The surgery fees, however, are the same, whether or not high-definition lipo-sculpting is being performed. It is actually much easier to perform liposuction only, without sculpting muscle definitions.
For those who are uninitiated, liposuction is different from liposculpting. In a liposuction surgery procedure, a surgeon simply aspirates fat. In a liposculpting procedure, however, besides aspirating fat out, a surgeon actually sculpts the body to allow muscle definitions to show. This is an advanced liposuction technique which only the experts and very experienced surgeons who have performed thousands of liposuction surgeries, can perform. In order to be able to sculpt, a surgeon needs to know the human anatomy in great precision. There are many courses which teach human anatomy, especially female human anatomy, to liposuction surgeons, because the truth is, even surgeons who offer liposuction surgeries may not know human anatomy well, especially the musculoskeletal system! That is the reason you can find so many courses which teach muscle definitions to liposuction surgeons, such as this one:
Therefore, go through as many case studies as you could on this Vlog, before making up your mind. At the same time, shop elsewhere. Ultimately, in order to avoid making a mistake which you may regret for the rest of your life, look for someone whose works you truly love. Go through all his works, preferably in video format, as pictures can be easily Photoshopped! Look for a surgeon who defines beauty the way you want it. Look for a surgeon who sees beauty the way you see it! If you love skinny fat, you may want to avoid Dr Arthur Tjandra altogether, because as an athlete, Dr Arthur Tjandra hates skinny fat! Remember, unless you specifically request to have a significant layer of fat retained in order to hide your muscles, Dr Arthur Tjandra performs high-definition lipo-sculpting by default, which may ultimately reveal all your muscle definitions! Unfortunately, a lot of women wrongly believe that women do not have muscles, only men do. In the event that you did not already know, yes, women, too, have muscles! Both men and women have muscles! The reason you hardly see any woman with muscle definitions in Asia, regardless of how slim they are, is not because they do not have muscles. It is because their muscles are all covered by a thick layer of fat! This is what we call “skinny fat”.
Lastly, do all our patients have to strip naked for pre- and post-operative photo and video taking?
The answer is YES! By going through the fake review case study above, you would understand why it is imperative for us to strip you naked for pre-op and post-op photograph and video taking. If you do not wish to give consent for the photos and videos to be published, you may do so. Photos and videos will be taken but they will not be published without your signed consent. But, these photos and videos still need to be taken to protect ourselves, medicolegally. As a surgeon, you would never know what a patient is up to, and may do in order to tarnish your reputation.
Another reason for taking before and after surgery pictures/videos fully-naked, is to show that we do not condone the practice of passing off pictures/videos of 2 completely different persons, wearing the same underwear, as the same person, being taken before and after surgeries. This practice is particularly common in weight-loss advertisements, especially in video format, where advertisers engage 2 different models, one fat, and one slim, of the same skin color, wearing the same underwear, and pass them off as the same person. By comparing special discerning individual characteristics, such as the shape and position of breasts, presence of breasts asymmetry, the position, size and color of nipples, presence of prominent hip bones, the pattern of pubic hair, C-section scar, moles, and even the appearance of external genitalia, one can tell if the persons in the before and after pictures/videos are the same person! All these discerning characteristics can, unfortunately or fortunately, be conveniently hidden with underwear! So, beware of what you are seeing! The phrase “Seeing is believing” does not apply here! A video of before and after procedures can be shot with 2 completely different persons wearing the same outfit or underwear! This is also why we always take videos half-way through our liposuction surgeries, to show the difference between both sides, before and after liposuction.
In the case study shown above, this particular patient from Medan, refused to take her underwear off during pre-op photo and video taking, and we allowed it to happen. It turned out to be a big mistake to allow her to keep her underwear on. Had it not been for the fact that Dr Arthur Tjandra pulled her underwear down during pre-operative video taking to reveal her pre-existing C-section scar, she would have gotten away with her fake review which alleged that Dr Arthur Tjandra had created a long depression on her lower abdomen, which resembled a C-section scar. Her underwear conveniently covered her pre-existing C-section scar in all the pre-operative photographs and videos taken before her surgery. There would be no evidence at all to prove that the scar was pre-existing, had Dr Arthur Tjandra not pulled down her underwear accidentally during pre-operative filming, for just a few seconds! Those few seconds of filming captured in the video we have published in the case study above, saves Dr Arthur Tjandra‘s reputation! She might have planned this. We understand that not all patients plan to frame their surgeons. But things like this do happen, from time to time. Especially now, that it is so easy to tarnish a surgeon’s reputation with the availability of review sites like RealSelf.com. We have requested RealSelf.com to take down the fake review and even referred them to the patient’s video case studies, to prove that it is indeed a fake review. Unfortunately, RealSelf.com refuses to take the post down. It is most likely because Dr Arthur Tjandra is not a fee-paying member of the site. This is a good marketing strategy to encourage doctors to pay for membership, by refusing to entertain doctors who are not fee-paying members, who complain about fake reviews on a medical/surgical review site.
This fake review serves as a reminder for everyone that there are indeed such patients in the world. They are everywhere! But, luckily due to our stringent selection criteria for surgeries, we have only encountered one patient who posted fake review about Dr Arthur Tjandra on the internet since 2008, the year Elixir de Vie was established. Most of the time, these patients have underlying psychiatric disorders or are depressed because of marriage or relationship issues. A lot of them are women whose husbands or boyfriends are having extra-marital/extra-relationship affairs. When their relationships or marriages fall apart, they take it out on their surgeons, by making up stories. They feel that it is their surgeons’ fault that their relationship falls apart, because their surgeons are unable to make them attractive enough to “win back” their husbands/boyfriends, even after they have spent so much money on cosmetic surgeries. Hence aesthetic plastic surgeons have to take all necessary steps to protect themselves, medicolegally. Recording evidence in the form of photographs and videos when the patients are fully naked, both before and after surgery, is one of the most important steps a liposuction surgeon should take! If you would not strip down for pre- and post-op photo and video taking, we would recommend you to go to someone else for your surgery. We cannot take the risk of you hiding some pre-existing scars and defects under your underwear, and later on accuse our surgeon of creating those scars and defects years after your surgery, when you relationship or marriage does not go well, like what the patient who posted the fake review on RealSelf.com did! Worse still, you may even blackmail us to pay for compensation!
In the fake review case above, Dr Arthur Tjandra performed her abdominal liposuction in 2018, but strangely, she waited 2 years, till 2020, to post a bad review, using post-operative pictures taken just a few weeks after her surgery back in 2018. The pictures show obvious evidence of post-operative bruising and swelling, which is very common after liposuction surgery, and but she passed those off as the final result of her abdominal liposuction surgery. Strange, right? But, the strangest thing of all is that RealSelf.com allows that to happen, and chooses to ignore the evidence which we have presented to them!
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