Buffalo Hump Liposuction
Conveniently located to serve Houston and Sugarland
With buffalo hump liposuction, Houston patients can address the appearance of a buffalo hump. Have you noticed that an area of your back below the neck and between the shoulders has a curved hump-like protrusion? This is called a buffalo hump or a dowager’s hump and is technically known as a dorsocervical fat pad.
This medical condition can affect your quality of life and self-confidence. Dr. Mark Hennessy has extensive experience using liposuction surgery to help people remove their buffalo hump.
How Does a Buffalo Hump Form?
While bad posture is the most common cause of a buffalo hump, other reasons for hump formation include osteoporosis, obesity, various other medical conditions, certain medications, or a hormonal imbalance.
While a buffalo hump is not life-threatening, people with this problem choose to get it removed for aesthetic purposes. It can also affect the ability to turn one’s head properly.
Buffalo hump liposuction is the quickest and most effective way to take care of a buffalo hump. If it is being caused by an underlying condition, this must be addressed first.
Am I a Good Candidate?
You are a good candidate for dowager’s hump liposuction if you:
- Are at a healthy weight
- Have good skin elasticity
- Do not have any serious health conditions
- Are not pregnant
- Are a non-smoker
- Have realistic expectations
- Are able to maintain a BMI of 25
Your Initial Consultation
Before a date is set for the procedure, you will undergo a physical exam and lab tests. Discuss your medical history with Dr. Hennessy, including any medications you are taking, any allergies, and any past procedures.
If you have been cleared for buffalo hump liposuction, you will have to stop taking certain medications for two weeks prior to and following the procedure. Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
The Buffalo Hump Liposuction Procedure
Buffalo hump liposuction is done under local anesthesia with sedation. During the procedure, small incisions are made in the area. Tumescent fluid is injected to make the fatty tissue swell for easier removal and to reduce blood loss.
A thin tube called a cannula is then inserted to loosen and suction out the fat. Dr. Hennessy typically uses power-assisted liposuction for his procedures, which involves a powered cannula for more efficient fat removal. Care is exercised to ensure even removal of fat from the area. Once the fat is removed, the incisions are closed with sutures.
Recovering from Buffalo Hump Liposuction
Once you recover from the anesthesia, you can go home. Help around the house can make a major difference in the first couple of days after the procedure, so make sure to arrange for this in advance. Patients must wear compression dressings for a week after the surgery.
Common side-effects from the procedure are bruising, swelling, and soreness. Take the prescribed medications and wear support garments as instructed during recovery to control swelling. Keep extra pillows and towels handy for comfort and drainage.
Rest often after the procedure. You can take a shower on the second day. Avoid exercise and lifting heavy items for six weeks after your buffalo hump liposuction; this reduces the risk of bleeding and speeds up healing.
The full results of buffalo hump liposuction will be visible once the swelling subsides. The skin in this area also takes time to contract and regain tightness. Maintaining a healthy weight after the procedure can help prevent a recurrence of the buffalo hump.
How Much Does Buffalo Hump Liposuction Cost?
The price of buffalo hump liposuction is determined by numerous factors. Overall cost is impacted by the amount of fatty tissue removed, the time needed to perform the surgery, the techniques used, and more.
Schedule an Appointment
Speak with Dr. Mark Hennessy about buffalo hump liposuction in Houston – contact our office today to set up your helpful consultation. Dr. Hennessy has years of experience and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.