Dr Arthur Tjandra of Elixir de Vie performs liposuction with just a plastic syringe, an outdated method which was practiced back in the 1980s and 1990s, which hardly any surgeon practices anymore these days.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” is 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“. You will never be able to find this page on all major search engines, because it has been black-listed. Why? Because the liposuction industry, which is worth billions of dollars a year, does not want prospective patients to learn the information on this page! After all, a set of liposuction device costs at least US$100,000, while a piece of plastic syringe costs less than US$2. There is too much to lose if patients start asking for syringe liposuction!

Dr Arthur Tjandra of Elixir de Vie also performs all his liposuction cases under awake anesthesia, which means that patients are completely awake during the procedure! But, as local anesthesia, also called tumescent anesthesia, is administered, the procedure is painless. Almost all surgeons in the world perform liposuction under deep sedation or general anesthesia. Performing liposuction with a mechanical device under deep sedation/general anesthesia is a recipe for disaster, as the first liposuction death case in Singapore has shown. The patient ended up dead because he could not breathe due to deep sedation and his intestines were punctured multiple times with ultrasound-assisted liposuction device. As the patient was under deep sedation, he could not respond as the surgeon punctured his intestines times and times again.

What are the benefits of performing awake liposuction with just a plastic syringe?

  1. It is much safer, as it is almost impossible to cause internal injury with just a microcannula and a plastic syringe.
  2. As patient is awake, it is possible to perform 3-dimensional liposuction.
  3. In order to produce excellent result, patient needs to be able to flip round, sit up and even stand up during the surgery, which cannot be done when the patient is deeply-sedated or under general anesthesia.
  4. Faster recovery.

With the raves surrounding the latest high-tech devices in liposuction: powered-suction, laser device, ultrasound device, water jet device, you name it, Dr Arthur Tjandra of Elixir de Vie went against all odds by sticking to his guns and attempted to popularize the concept of liposuction with just a plastic syringe, after learning it from A/Prof Fong Poh Him, a plastic surgeon who introduced liposuction surgeries in Singapore back in the late 1980s. To prove his points, Dr Arthur Tjandra went on to publish some 3,000 videos on his YouTube channel showing the results of syringe liposuction which he performed, which resulted in the channel being terminated by YouTube, in December 2016. Dr Arthur Tjandra of Elixir de Vie launched this video blog (Vlog) one week after his YouTube channel got terminated. Within a year, he has published another 3,000 videos on this video blog (Vlog). Unlike YouTube, where Dr Arthur Tjandra is at their mercy, because he is getting free hosting for his videos, no one can take down his video blog this time, as he pays for his own web-hosting.

Today, more and more surgeons are going back to basics and re-learning the syringe method of performing liposuction. We are seeing more and more surgeons offering syringe liposuction in the United States now, although ultrasound and laser methods are still the most popular methods in Europe, Asia and Australia.

Patients have also become more knowledgeable and realize that good result depends not on the type of devices used to perform liposuction, but rather the skill and experience of the surgeons performing liposuction. Modern fanciful devices have been shown to increase the risk of complications. Most importantly, to achieve good result, liposuction has to be performed in a 3-dimensional way, respecting the nature of our bodies, which are 3-dimension. We have discussed this concept in great detail on our website: “Liposuction Case Studies @ Elixir de Vie“.

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