A buffalo hump is exactly what it sounds like. It is a deposit of extra fat at the base of the nape of the neck and between the shoulder blades. Here at JustGoLipo, we understand your frustration with this problem and are pleased to provide advanced liposuction technique, state-of-the-art surgical equipment, and highly trained staff, you can rest assured you are in good hands. No large scar, minimal downtime, and recovery from the comfort of your home!

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The Buffalo Hump Liposuction At JustGoLipo

Awake Liposuction for a faster recovery If you have tried non-surgical treatments, including physical activity, diet, or posture correction, you might want to consider awake liposuction for buffalo hump reduction. This reduction is made with tumescent liposuction and a local anesthetic like Pro-Nox, with no need for general anesthesia. The process entails injecting a diluted local anesthetic into the treatment location, in this case, the buffalo hump. This injection causes the area to become tumescent, big, hard, and bloated. This makes liposuction easier and safer for surgeons to perform. Combining tumescent liposuction with Pro-Nox allows you to be awake throughout the process. Tumescent liposuction prepares large volumes of subcutaneous fat for liposuction. While Pro-Nox provides fast-acting pain treatment using inhaled oxygen and nitric oxide. Using this technology, we do not have to give our patients general anesthesia

The surgeon will make minor incisions once the area has become tumescent. This will allow for the insertion of a tiny cannula. This will get rid of the extra fat around the neck and shoulders. After the treatment, the region is wrapped with sterile dressings, and you must wear a compression garment.

The use of Pro-Nox and tumescent makes our Liposuction the most patient-friendly experience. It can help you relax and manage your pain. Our treatment requires little time for recovery, and the patients can walk out of the office on their own.

VASER Liposuction for better results
VASER Liposuction is an ultrasonic fat removal procedure that eliminates stubborn fat deposits from the body, especially the Buffalo hump. This cutting-edge, minimally intrusive device carefully melts the fat before extracting it. Because it burns your fat, VASER Liposuction produces better outcomes than standard liposuction.

In addition, it does not harm surrounding body tissues since it is a very gentle and precise procedure. Downtime is only 2-3 days, with minimum bleeding, scars, and bruising, and recovery is faster than with standard liposuction. After the surgery, you will be given a compression garment to help reduce edema and enhance healing and skin retraction.

Recovery After A Buffalo Hump Liposuction

Patients are discharged a few hours after the surgery if they can walk comfortably and their pain is under control, which typically is the case. The recovery time following buffalo hump liposuction is usually 2 to 3 days, depending on the size of the treated area. However, the patient is encouraged to relax at home and avoid physical effort for 4 to 6 weeks to reduce the chances of any complications (in particular bleeding, increased swelling, and fluid collections). Patients can generally return to office work within a week of surgery. Post-operative pain, bruising, and swelling are usually mild. Post-operative pain is moderate in most cases, and the patients can resume their normal activity the next day.

Who Is A Candidate For Buffalo Hump Liposuction?

While almost every patient who presents with a well-localized fatty deposit in the upper back and neck region can be considered a candidate, whether or not they are suitable for this surgery is dependent on a number of parameters that will be discussed during the consultation. To reduce the risk of complications, it is recommended that you reduce your BMI to less than 30, preferably as near to 25 as possible, before surgery. A thorough medical examination will be performed during your consultation to better understand your medical history. Some medical issues may necessitate optimization before elective surgery in an out-of-hospital setting. Smoking should be avoided for at least one month before and after surgery to reduce the risk of infection and other healing issues

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Buffalo Hump Liposuction

A buffalo hump is caused by a fat deposit. Our metabolism slows as we age, and fat deposits build around our bodies. While most people gain excess fat in the typical locations of the abdomen, legs, and buttocks, others gain excess fat in unusual places. One such unusual place is on the dorsocervical fat pad, which rests at the base of the back of the neck and between the shoulders. The collection of fat in this area is sometimes referred to as a buffalo hump by cosmetic surgeons.

​​​​​​​Obesity is the most common cause of this fatty buildup. Other lifestyle and medical issues, however, may also contribute to this. Some of these causes could be:

● Cushing’s syndrome, characterized by an excess of the hormone cortisol

● A genetic predisposition for fat to develop in this location

● Poor posture that leads to fatty buildup

● Pituitary malfunction or tumor

● Osteoporosis

● HIV medications

● Other glandular disorders

If you have a hump at the base of your neck, you should have a doctor evaluate if a medical condition causes it. Consulting a medical professional before going for a liposuction procedure is important to rule out other causes and confirm the diagnosis as abnormal fat deposition. Liposuction can help alleviate the condition once it has been determined that the underlying cause of the hump is not medical but rather a result of fat buildup.

Yes, buffalo hump can be treated and reduced. The treatment for a buffalo hump is primarily determined by its cause. If the underlying cause is drug use, a healthcare provider may wish to adjust the medication dosage or discontinue it entirely.

To alleviate the increased cortisol levels in Cushing syndrome, surgery or prescription drugs may be required. Cosmetic surgery to remove the fat deposits may be used to treat Madelung disease.

A healthcare physician may also recommend a diet and exercise routine to help minimize fat storage. Certain drugs may also be provided to help ease the signs and symptoms associated with the condition. Liposuction can be used if the buffalo hump is still not diminished.

​​​​​​​Liposuction is a good way to get rid of a buffalo hump. It contours the upper back and neck while minimizing scars. While there are various forms of liposuction, the two options we provide are awake liposuction and VASER liposuction which are among the advanced and safer procedures.

​​​​​​​Since a buffalo hump is a fat deposition at the upper back between the shoulders, it can lead to problems with posture. Liposuction can help you improve your posture by removing the root cause of your poor posture. This treatment for your buffalo hump might boost your self-esteem and enhance your general posture. A buffalo hump can also be quite uncomfortable and painful since it can interfere with normal movement.

While there is an obvious noticeable change after a liposuction procedure, the swelling after buffalo hump liposuction can take many weeks to months to resolve. The bulk of swelling goes down within a few weeks of surgery, nevertheless, ultimate contour improvement can take 6-12 months. After suctioning out the extra fatty deposit, the underlying skin must tighten and contract. Scar maturation can take a year after surgery.

The underlying cause determines the risk of a buffalo hump recurring. Managing the underlying medical problem may reduce the likelihood of a recurrence. For example, if the buffalo hump is caused by Cushing syndrome, it will certainly recur if the disease is not managed properly.

If the buffalo hump presents as a side effect of some medication, it would be best to change the prescriptions – either by treating it with an alternative medication or by changing the medication dose. Consult your healthcare provider to get a prescription based on your specific situation.