Buffalo Hump Liposuction Before And After

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The buffalo hump is an accumulation of adipose tissue in the region of the seventh cervical vertebra.

In fact, it is a fat trap, which is not a disease, but brings significant aesthetic discomfort.

This is hypertrophied fatty tissue, which has clear boundaries and does not lose its volume even in the case of a strong weight loss.

However, the formation of adipose tissue in the cervical collar zone often occurs in men, including in young people who are overweight, but this term is not applied to them.

What is the buffalo hump?

The buffalo hump is a large lipoma, a tumor of adipose tissue, which is located deep beneath the skin. In its origin, several causes are distinguished, the most common cause is hormonal restructuring.

In young women, the buffalo hump does not practically meet; this is prevented by estradiol and progesterone, but during the menopause synthesis of these hormones decreases, and the amount of testosterone (male sex hormones) remains at the same level.

Over time, in women, fat begins to be deposited according to the male type, i.e. in the upper half of the body. The reasons for the development of the buffalo hump:

  • Genetic predisposition – if the next of kin had a fatty hump, the chances of its appearance increase dramatically.
  • Cushing’s syndrome or increased formation of the hormone cortisol.
  • The side effects of certain medicines, for example some drugs for HIV treatment, lead to lipodystrophy, a condition in which fatty tissue accumulates unevenly in different parts of the body.
  • Strong obesity.
  • Steroid hormones.

Buffalo hump treatment

Before starting the treatment of the buffalo hump, other diseases should be eliminated, manifested in a similar way. This may be a curvature of the cervico-thoracic spine, osteoporosis. These diseases require completely different treatment for specialized specialists.

As for the buffalo hump, hormone replacement therapy can be useful for women during the menopause, with the help of which it is possible to increase the level of estrogen. It is also necessary to normalize body weight. Sometimes a positive effect is provided by massage and physiotherapy.

If conservative methods can not get rid of the problem, then surgical removal of the hump using plastic surgery – liposuction of the buffalo hump.

How to remove the buffalo hump by an operation?

Traditionally, liposuction is used to treat a widow’s hump – an operation aimed at destroying and removing local fat deposits. The operation is technically quite simple and rarely causes complications.

A small puncture is made on the skin through which a cannula with apertures at the end is inserted into the subcutaneous space. The doctor makes the cannula progressive, destroys the adipose tissue, which is immediately sucked through the openings from the cannula.

For better separation of fat cells, they are pre-treated with a special solution. With the help of this solution, the fat tissue is emulsified, as it were, liquefied, and the blood vessels in it are narrowed. All this in a complex makes it easier to suck off fat with minimal injuries and blood loss.

Currently, there are non-surgical methods of liposuction, which are more sparing and conducted in a cosmetology clinic. They are based on the destruction of fat cells by ultrasound (ultrasound) or radio waves (radiofrequency liposuction). Decay products are either aspirated or removed from the body by themselves. In the case where the volume of tissue to be removed with this tissue is limited to 300 ml, several procedures may be necessary.

In conclusion, it should be said that the widow hump can bring not only aesthetic discomfort. With it may be associated with problems with pressure, headaches, back pain and so on. In this case, the operation is performed for medical reasons.

The presence of the surgeon’s extensive experience in treating this problem virtually guarantees an easy flow during the non-surgical period and patient satisfaction with the results. The right choice of a specialist is the determining factor of qualified care. Each patient must take this decision himself, having weighed all the advantages and disadvantages of each specialist.

Before and after buffalo hump