Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQs)


1. I would like to get Autologous Fat Grafting Breasts Augmentation. Could you tell me more?

Dr Arthur Tjandra of Elixir de Vie was the first surgeon to start performing autologous fat grafting breasts augmentation in South East Asia, back in 2008. Other surgeons in the region followed suit from early 2010s onward, after observing the good results he published on his website as case studies. …………………………READ MORE

2. I heard Dr Arthur Tjandra performs awake syringe liposuction under local anesthesia. What is that? How is it different from most surgeons?

Dr Arthur Tjandra of Elixir de Vie performs liposuction with just a plastic syringe, an outdated method which was practiced back in the 1980s and 1990s, which hardly any surgeon is trained to perform anymore these days. Machines have taken over syringe work since the early 2000s. 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: ……….READ MORE

3. What are tumescent, traditional, high-definition, 3D, 4D, 360, SAL, PAL and syringe liposuction? Are they all the same?

All these terms are extremely confusing and sometimes intentionally used to confuse prospective patients.

When Dr Arthur Tjandra popularized syringe liposuction back in the mid-2000s – after having learned it from Professor Fong Poh Him and Dr Pierre Fournier, the fathers of modern liposuction – touting it as the oldest method of performing liposuction, but the safest; many plastic surgeons around the region started telling their patients that they too, were doing traditional liposuction. ………………..READ MORE

4. Why is there a need for 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 professional photo editors 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

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

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

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“.

5. You keep bragging you have performed thousands of liposuction and fat grafting surgeries. Where is the evidence?

From 2007 to 2020, Dr Arthur Tjandra has performed more than 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 evidence 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 5,000 videos on this Vlog, from Dec 2016 till Dec 2019. ……….READ MORE

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

To learn about Dr Arthur Tjandra‘s academic qualifications, you may visit our official website. You may even examine all his diplomas, one by one, on his Linkedin account. 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, and fresh out of his residency training, 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

7. 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

8. I can’t stand your constant bragging. Show me evidence 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

9. Why does YouTube terminate your channel?

There are 3 main reasons, but mostly because the liposuction industry has been intensely lobbying YouTube to terminate our channel. This is because they do not want prospective patients to learn that liposuction can be performed with a cheap 2-dollar syringe! Not only can liposuction be performed with just a $2 plastic syringe, but plastic 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! It all depends on the skill of the surgeon!………..READ MORE

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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