Buffalo Hump Correction Surgery

by Martina Gonzalez

Buffalo Hump Correction Surgery

As people grow older, fat tends to accumulate more easily throughout the body. While most people expect the fat to show up on their hips or stomach, others see it in some less common places. Lipodystrophy, or buffalo hump, is a condition in which excess fat gathers in a hump right below the neck on a person’s back. Buffalo hump can be rather embarrassing, and cause a person to take on a slouched appearance.

What is a Buffalo Hump?

A buffalo hump may start as a small raise section, but over time can extend all the way up to the posterior neck, onto the back of the head and around the ears. Buffalo humps have a number of possible causes.

  • Extreme weight gain
  • Steroid use
  • HIV medication
  • Cushing’s disease

Buffalo humps are often mistaken by the misinformed as symptoms of scoliosis or other spinal disorders. Some buffalo humps can even cause limited mobility.

How To Remove A Buffalo Hump

Buffalo hump removal is a fairly simple procedure that will have the patient back on their feet within a couple of days. The procedure is performed under a general anesthesia and the incisions are just large enough to accommodate a liposuction cannula. A board-certified plastic surgeon will position you in a way that allows him or her to work around the buffalo hump with ease. The main difficulty in buffalo hump surgery is the fact that the upper neck contains a large amount of scar tissue and other fibrous material, making liposuction more difficult than the usual areas. However, successful buffalo hump removal is possible with a trained and experienced plastic surgeon. The upside to buffalo hump surgery is that while fibrous, the tissue in that area does not contain any vital organs that lead to a painful recovery. Some patients can even return to their exercise routine in one week.

Finding a Buffalo Hump Plastic Surgeon

It can be difficult to find a plastic surgeon that performs buffalo hump removal. Use Plastic Surgery Portal to find a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area with experience in buffalo hump or lipodystrophy removal. Contact our representatives now to get started!

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