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This woman in her early-30s visits Dr Arthur Tjandra of Elixir de Vie for the 5th time now, barely 4 months after her outer half of thighs liposuction. One can observe the extremely loose skin she has on her thighs after liposuction.
She started her whole body liposuction journey 2 years ago. She had 1 session of fat transfer to her breasts 1.5 years ago, during her second session of liposuction. The result is shown below. The fat retention rate is 100%. In fact, her breasts grow even bigger now compared to the condition immediately after fat transfer.
Though the result of her autologous fat grafting breasts augmentation is fantastic, the same cannot be said for her whole body liposuction. There are 3 reasons for these:
- She has gained significant weight in the last 2 years. It is very important for patients undergoing liposuction to understand that although fat is permanently removed through liposuction, unlike with exercise and dieting where fat cells only shrink in size, there are still remaining fat cells which may grow bigger if they are fed with excess calories. Therefore, one must still maintain a healthy lifestyle and watch her calories intake even after liposuction, as existing fat cells can still grow big! It is impossible to take out all the fat, leaving behind nothing but skin and muscles! But, despite having gained significant weight, her arms still appear defined, and her hour-glass figure with slim waist is still maintained! This is also another advantage of liposuction compared to exercise and dieting. With exercise and dieting, the body size shrinks because fat cells shrink as they are deprived from calories. The number of fat cells, however, remain constant. Once the body is fed normal diet, or the subject stops working out, the shrunken fat cells will grow back to their original size. With liposuction, however, the fat cells are aspirated out from the body, and the number of fat cells is permanently reduced. The remaining fat cells can still grow bigger as they are fed extra calories, but not to the extent as before liposuction. The new shape after liposuction will also be maintained, even with subsequent weight gain, as we show in the post-op video below. Although her arms have grown fatter in the last 2 years, they still appear defined and toned!
- Excessive amount of fat was removed from her thighs all at once, leaving behind extremely loose, dangling skin. On normal circumstances, Dr Arthur Tjandra of Elixir de Vie would perform 3D liposuction of the entire thighs within the same session, removing only 2 liters of fat, for safety reason. If one has much more than 2 liters of fat, one has to get another session performed in the same areas again 6 to 12 months later. This also means that one has to pay 3D liposuction fee again for the second session. To get the biggest bang for her buck, she decided to get all fat in her inner half of thighs, the volume of which was 2 liters, taken out within just 1 session. Barely 5 months later, she returned to have all the fat in the outer half of her thighs, approximately 2 liters, taken out within the same session. Her skin has no ability to retract back to conform to the new anatomy, as 4 liters are really huge amount! She is, therefore, left with loose, dangling skin now. It is better to aspirate 2 liters from the entire thighs in one session, followed by another 2 liters from the same areas again 6-12 months later. This allows the skin some time to retract. So, this is a choice between getting a better bang for your buck or getting a better result. If you would like to get better result, by doing staged liposuction, it would cost twice as much.
This is a list of all her case studies:
Video 39: Result of autologous fat grafting breasts augmentation 1.5 years later
For more Liposuction Case Studies, please visit our website: http://elixirdevie.sg/liposuctioncasestudies.html
More liposuction before and after surgery photos can be see here: http://elixirdevie.sg/liposuction%20before%20and%20after.html
Combination of liposuction and autologous fat grafting to breasts or/and buttocks can be seen here: http://elixirdevie.sg/autologousfattransferforbreastaugmentation.html
A list of our patients’ blogs: http://www.elixirdevie.sg/blog.html