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What is a ‘buffalo hump’?
A buffalo hump is the build-up of fat on the back of the neck, but it is not necessarily a serious condition. This build-up of fat may be caused due to obesity or hormonal imbalance or even side effect from drugs like steroids. It may cause many to have the dreaded ‘hunch back’ look making them feel anxious and stressed and may even have an impact on their self-esteem.
If the size of the hump is quite big then it may be difficult to tilt your neck backwards and can seldom be painful. If these complications occur then the best option would be to speak to an expert right away who will be able to diagnose the reason behind the hump and recommend appropriate treatments to get rid of it.
Buffalo hump is usually removed with various Liposuction techniques but here at Centre for Surgery we perform tumescent Liposuction using Lipomatic only. Lipomatic involves gently removing fat with the power of vibration and rotation that allows meticulous body sculpting safely and with precision. The patient will be under local anaesthesia which means he/she will be fully aware, relaxed and comfortable throughout the procedure.
Liposuction can fix your posture after removing the bulge of unwanted fat as well as give you a youthful appearance. The treatment is permanent as fat cells are broken down in the process and is unlikely to reoccur in the treated area.
All patients should be in good health and have realistic expectations about what can be achieved with buffalo hump removal.
We do not treat patients below the age of 18 years of age.
Healing is better if patients refrain from or quit smoking.
The buffalo hump removal procedure is performed purely for cosmetic purposes, to help improve one’s image and self-esteem.
- Ideal for those who have a lump of fat accumulated on the back of their neck and have been experiencing pain or discomfort.
- Someone who suffers from Cushing’s syndrome can also opt for the treatment.
The consultation begins by having an opportunity to discuss your ideas, concerns and expectations about the buffalo hump removal procedure with your surgeon, and ask any relevant questions you may have.
Your plastic surgeon will:
- Take a focused history and examine you
- Explain the buffalo hump removal procedure
- Take your needs and preferences into account when deciding on the most appropriate treatment option for you
Like any other liposuction procedure, patients will experience some swelling and bruising for a week or two following their buffalo hump reduction surgery. Although swelling should be subdue within 2 weeks, patients will be advised not to do strenuous activities for at least 6 weeks. Ice pack can be placed over the treated area to promote quicker healing.
Am I am good candidate for buffalo fat removal?
If you have accumulation of unwanted fat on the back of your neck that may make you look hunched and even cause discomfort then the procedure is a suitable treatment for you.
How is the procedure performed?
Buffalo hump removal is performed under local anaesthesia using tumescent liposuction (Lipomatic).
How long does it take?
The procedure may take up to an hour to perform.
What is the recovery period going to be like?
Like any other liposuction procedure, expect some swelling and bruising for a week or two and you will have to avoid strenuous activities for at least 6 weeks until you are fully recovered.
What are the complications associated with buffalo hump removal?
- Infection but can be completely avoided with safety optimisation
- Swelling and bruising that heals within a week or two
Are the results permanent?
Yes, the results can be permanent if performed correctly.
Will I be left with a scar?
Each liposuction incision is less than 4mm in length and the scar can be covered by normal clothing. In most cases, the scar tends to heal and disappear over time.