Is Liposuction of the Buffalo Hump Dangerous?

Q: “I am considering this procedure in addition to chin liposuction. As I’ve gotten older in combination with larger breasts, the buffalo hump and bad posture my spine has curved a bit- the hump is there when i straighten my back and when you feel it you can feel tissue but you can also feel my bone. My concern is does this put me at a risk for injury to my spine? is it possible to hit my bone while performing the liposuction and god forbid cause paralysis or something? thank you!”

Dr. Yovino’s Answer:This is a common and quick procedure that is almost always performed under local anesthesia with light sedation. In this setting it is very safe and the risk for spinal injury is close to 0% since you are able to communicate with the surgeon about comfort level. 

-Justin Yovino, MD

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Beverly Hills, CA

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