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This young woman in her mid-20s visited Dr Arthur Tjandra of Elixir de Vie for arms liposuction 2 years ago. Although she was slim and worked out a lot, she still had flabby arms. Her beautiful muscles were covered by a layer of stubborn fat. She realized that there was no other way out other than looking for Dr Arthur Tjandra of Elixir de Vie for his signature 3-dimensional liposculpting!

Lured by cheap surgery fees in China and naively thinking that all plastic surgeons have the same skill and expertise, she went to Shenzhen to get abdominal and thighs liposuction done one year after getting arms liposuction done in Medan and ended with botched job! She now returns to Dr Arthur Tjandra of Elixir de Vie, two years after her arms liposuction, to get revision abdominal liposuction done this time. Initially, she hides the fact that she has had abdominal liposuction done elsewhere, but Dr Arthur Tjandra of Elixir de Vie notices incision scars on her abdomen just as he is about to start the surgery! We advise all patients to be honest if they are visiting Dr Arthur Tjandra for a revision surgery and not try to lie just because they do not wish to pay revision surgery rates which are higher than primary surgery fees. Surgery will be cancelled and all surgery fees already paid in advance will be forfeited if Dr Arthur Tjandra finds out about the lie just before or during the surgery!

Despite having gained 5 kg of weight in the last 2 years, her arms remain as shapely as before. Why? Because once taken out, the fat cells are forever gone! Liposuction is the only permanent method to get rid of fat cells. When one exercises and goes on diet, one merely shrinks the size of fat cells. The fat cells will grow bigger again once they are fed with extra calories.

The videos below show the result of the botched liposuction. One can see the result of incomplete liposuction where liposuction was performed on only very small areas of the thighs, leaving most areas untouched! This is why Dr Arthur Tjandra of Elixir de Vie always emphasizes on the importance on getting 3-dimensional liposculpting done. One can also compare incision scars left by machine-assisted liposuction with incisions from syringe liposuction using micro-cannula which Dr Arthur Tjandra of Elixir de Vie adopts.

Video 8: Botched thighs liposuction caused by incomplete liposuction and uneven suctioning using powered device.


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3 Comments on “Patient No. 291: Liposuction complication: botched thighs liposuction done in China

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