A buffalo hump is a condition where subcutaneous fat deposits have enlarged the area behind the upper neck and back. It is a cosmetic disfigurement that can affect the mobility of the person afflicted. Extension of the neck and head can be limited, causing one’s head to droop downward. In the most extreme cases, the hump can affect a person’s ability to walk upright or adequately fit standard clothing. Buffalo hump removal is not routinely offered by many plastic surgeons; however, at Ideal Face & Body in Beverly Hills, CA, we treat this common cosmetic condition.
What Causes a Buffalo Hump?
A buffalo hump is caused by genetics, diseases such as Cushing’s, and certain medications. It is also believed that extended steroid use for illnesses such as asthma and arthritis could be a contributing factor. It is possible to correct the condition, relieve symptoms, restore proper function, and create a natural, healthy look to the area.
What Can I Expect with Buffalo Hump Removal?
During a buffalo hump removal procedure, the natural contour of the back and neck areas will be smoothed and restored. Liposuction is the most effective method for removal of the fat tissue.
The method of liposuction used will depend on your particular treatment needs and the results of your clinical examination. However, whenever medically possible, we encourage our patients to use laser-assisted liposuction. It reduces the invasiveness of the procedure and encourages increased skin tightening and healing.
The buffalo hump removal surgery is generally performed on an outpatient basis. You will receive the highest level of evaluation, supervision, and overall medical treatment we can offer. Your comfort is our priority, as well as your safety. Following your buffalo hump removal procedure, your neck will be able to maintain proper position, and you will enjoy measurable aesthetic benefits after you have fully recovered.
For more information about buffalo hump removal, and to see if you are a candidate for the procedure, schedule a consultation at Ideal Face & Body in Beverly Hills, CA. Contact us today to book an appointment!