A buildup of excess fat at the base of the back of the neck and between the shoulder blades is commonly referred to as a buffalo hump. This unsightly mound is a source of embarrassment for those who have it. If you suffer from this condition you may try to cover it with concealing clothing and avoid wearing revealing outfits that you would normally.
At Avalon Lip & Aesthetics, Dr. Reza Tirgari understands your frustration with this condition and is happy to provide liposuction as a solution to remove the excess fat. At our office, we make it our goal to provide our patients with the most advanced procedures coupled with a highly-trained staff so that you can trust that you’re receiving safe and quality care to help you look and feel great.
If you’d like to learn more about liposuction for buffalo hump and if this procedure is right for you, please contact us today at 619-436-5224 to schedule your free consultation. We happily provide services to those who live in San Diego, Carlsbad, Oceanside, and nearby areas of California.
What is a Buffalo Hump?
As we age, our metabolism slows and we begin to develop deposits of fat around our body. For most this happens in the usual areas of the abdomen, legs, and buttocks but for some, this excess fat can develop in less common areas. A buffalo hump is a term most cosmetic surgeons use for the fat that develops on the dorsocervical fat pad, which sits at the base of the back of the neck and between the shoulders.
The most common cause for this fatty development is obesity. However, other lifestyle and medical conditions may cause this as well. Some of these causes may include:
- Poor posture leading to fatty accumulation
- Genetic predisposition to fat in this area
- Cushing’s syndrome, which is associated with an excess of the hormone cortisol
- Medications for HIV such as lipodystrophy
- Tumor or pituitary dysfunction
- Other glandular problems
If you have a hump at the base of your neck, it’s recommended that you see a medical doctor first to determine if it’s caused by a medical condition. Once it’s been determined that the underlying cause of the hump is not medical but a result of a buildup of fat, then cosmetic surgery can help alleviate this condition with liposuction.
Liposuction for Buffalo Hump
At Avalon Lipo & Aesthetics, Dr. Tirgari specializes in performing liposuction on nearly every area of the body that can develop excess fat. For many people, diet and exercise alone won’t eliminate the enlarged fat in this area. This is because the fat that develops here is often more fibrous than in other areas as the neck contains more scar tissue and other dense materials. In these instances, an incision into the overlying skin and soft tissues may be required to aid in the removal of fat.
During your consultation, Dr. Tirgari will go over the details of the procedure and what you can expect in terms of recovery and results. These will depend on your specific situation, especially the size and density of the fat in this area. After a thorough examination, Dr. Tirgari will decide on the best liposuction technique to use so that he can eliminate this unsightly hump and give you the beautiful, contoured neck you desire.
While you may see a slight reduction in the amount of fat in this area after the procedure, results generally take a few weeks up to a couple months to fully show. During this time you’ll see this area lessen as the fat dissipates and the surrounding skin tightens.
Please view our before and after gallery to see results from other areas of the body treated with liposuction at our office.
As with any liposuction procedure, it’s important to make sure that you are a candidate for treatment. During your consultation, Dr. Tirgari will conduct an examination of your current health status and review your medical history to determine if this is the right procedure for you, as your safety is our utmost concern.
To be a good candidate for liposuction, you must meet these general qualifications, including:
- Being at or near a healthy weight
- Having firm, elastic skin
- Not currently suffering from any major illnesses or diseases which inhibit healing
- Not currently pregnant or planning on being pregnant in the near future
- Nonsmokers or those who can quit for a significant amount of time prior to and after the procedure
- Those who have positive and realistic expectations for the outcome
Contact Our Cosmetic Surgeon Today
If you’re interested in learning more about the buffalo hump procedure and wish to determine your eligibility, please contact us by filling out the form on this page or calling us at 619-436-5224 to schedule your free consultation. We proudly help those who want to look and feel their best in the San Diego and Carlsbad areas of California.