Buffalo Hump (Dorsocervical Fat Pad) Removal

What is ‘Buffalo Hump’ Removal Procedure?

Buffalo Hump
‘Buffalo Hump’ Removal is latest popular cosmetic procedure, that removes the build-up of excessive fat around the lower back of the neck between the shoulders.

The procedure is usually achieved by a simple Vaser Liposuction with 2-3 small skin incisions only. The recovery is relatively fast with minimal discomfort.

Is ‘Buffalo Hump’ removal procedure right for me?

This hump of build-up fat is not necessarily a serious condition, it is normally a result of obesity, but it could be caused from hormonal imbalance (e.g. Cushing Syndrome) and drugs’ side effects (e.g. steroid/AIDS medicines).

Tumours, cysts and kyphoscoliosis can cause similar hump shape but does not by itself cause excessive fat in the back of the neck and required a different treatments.

The hump can result in feeling self-conscious and miserable in men and women. In severe cases it can cause pain and restrictions their neck movements.


A relative simple Vaser Liposuction with 2-3 small skin incisions can remove excess build-up fat hump, smooth out the area and restore your normal body shape and function.

How soon will I see the results?

The recovery time is quick, usually back to work around 1-2 weeks, the final result about 3 months.

How much does Buffalo Hump removal cost?

The cost is depending on the methods and areas needed to treat.

  • Standard Liposuction: around $2500 inclusive all.
  • Vaser Liposuction: around $3500.

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Pre-op care

Prior to undergoing VASER® Liposuction, a thorough test is carried out to determine if, you are healthy enough for the procedure.

You should discuss your present medical history and medications including over the counter medicines, vitamins and herbs with your doctor.

To shorten the recovery time and reduce any chances of complications, you should stop taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory tablets e.g., Ibuprofen Naprosyn, St John’s Wart, Gingko, Fish Oil, Vitamin E and blood thinners.

Prior to stopping any medications please seek advice from your doctor.

Stop smoking for at least 2 weeks before and after the procedure.

Do not drink alcohol in excess for 2 weeks prior.

Drink lots of water in the days leading up to your procedure.

Pre-op Lipo body, hair and nostril chlorohexidine wash instructions:

Chlorhexidine 2-4% can be purchased from a chemist or please speak with your doctor.

Its purpose is to minimise common skin pathogens that may cause wound infection postoperatively.

How do I use Chlorhexidine?

You should start using Chlorhexidine 4 days before your procedure.

Chlorhexidine should be used undiluted as a liquid soap.

Apply it directly to wet skin with your hands or a cloth.

You should leave it on your skin for at least a minute.

You should apply Chlorhexidine all over your body.

You should pay particular attention to the areas around your nose (nostrils), between your legs (genitals and anus), under your arms and feet.

After the first application repeat the steps outlined above however, this time, use Chlorhexidine as a shampoo to wash your hair.

Hair should be rinsed well afterwards. Whenever possible, hair must be washed twice weekly.

You can wash off the Chlorhexidine either in a bath or shower.

You should dry yourself with a clean towel afterwards and put on clean clothes.

Post-op care

Arrange someone to take you home and take care of you for at least the first day and night.

Fill your prescriptions and place them within easy reach.

Have plenty of pillows, towels and spare compressions for nearby drainage.

There will be some bruising, swelling and pain after the procedure, however, if there is severe pain, you must contact us immediately.

Excess tumescent fluid will most likely drain from the access incisions for the first couple of days. The fluid’s colour is blood tinged.

After the first day you can shower.

It is necessary to neither work or engage in normal activities for approximately a week.

Wear compressive garments for at least 6 weeks to help reduce swelling and improve results.

Avoid high impact activities and jogging for around 6 weeks.


What happens if I gain weight after VASER® Liposuction?

Your treated areas should look good and retain their sculptured shape for as long as you remain the same weight. If you gain weight, you will generally gain it in areas that were not treated. The fat cells that are removed during a VASER® Liposuction procedure cannot be produced by the body again.

Excessive weight gain may lead to the expansion of other fat cells which will adversely affect the results of VASER® Liposuction.

Are there any side effects of VASER® Liposuction?

You may experience common side effects such as bruising, soreness and swelling after VASER® Liposuction.

What happens to the fat emulsified by VASER® Liposuction?

Most of the fat is suctioned out as it is the last step during the VASER® Liposuction Treatment.

The fat cells which are not suctioned on the day of the procedure are eliminated by the body naturally over the next few weeks.

The fat taken out may be injected into other areas to add volume if required.

Can I be treated with VASER® Liposuction on the same day as my consultation?

No, you cannot be treated with VASER Liposuction on the same day as your consultation. The reason is that, despite being a minimally invasive and low-risk procedure, VASER Liposuction is a medical procedure. You should consider all alternatives and risks before going ahead with the procedure.

Will the skin be flabby?

The skin will not be flabby as it is generally very elastic and tends to contract back.

The degree of skin contraction depends on an individual basis. VASER® Liposuction allows the best chance of skin contraction.

What happens to the excess skin?

Normally the skin shrinks back, however the amount of shrinkage varies individually. VASER® Liposuction allows the best chance of skin contraction.

Is there any age limit for the procedure?

There is no age limit to undergo this procedure as long as the adult is above the age of 18.

Does it hurt?

You will not feel any pain during the procedure as the area is numbed with local anaesthetic. However, you will be given analgesia and a sedative if needed.

How long does a VASER® Lipo procedure take?

On average about 3 hours, depending on the type of procedure and areas to be treated.

Are there any complications?

VASER® Liposuction is a safe procedure and the chances of complications are very low. This will all be discussed during your pre op health check.

Will I get skin irregularities?

Skin irregularities are rare after a VASER® Lipo procedure due to its advanced technology.

Will there be bruising or swelling?

There may be bruising and swelling which eases off in a few days.

Are bandages applied?

Thin strips of sterilised bandages are applied at the point of incision. However, if they come off, they can easily be replaced with a band-aid.

You may also need to apply sterilised absorbing gauze at the drainage sites.

How long do I wear the support garment?

For the first week you will have to wear a pressure support garment throughout the day.

After the first week, you will have to wear it for at least 12 hours a day for the next 4 to 6 weeks.

Do I need to take time off from work?

It is advisable to take time off work for 5 days although, there are people who start working the next day depending on the number of areas treated.

When can I do exercises?

You can start exercising in about 2 weeks after the surgery.

During this period you should go for leisurely walks to enable the removal of excess tumescent fluid.

When can I go out in the sun again?

You should protect the treated area from direct exposure to the sun for around 2 to 3 weeks.

Should I follow a special diet?

There is no need for a special diet but a healthy diet is recommended.

As some swelling is inevitable, you should avoid carbohydrates and sodium and eat foods rich in protein.

Are the results permanent?

The results are permanent because the removed fat cells cannot be reproduced.

However, excessive weight gain may lead to the expansion of other fat cells.

Will scarring occur?

The chances of scarring after VASER® Lipo are extremely low. The small incisions are usually placed in hidden areas of your body.

Can I drive home after my VASER® Liposuction surgery?

You should not drive for at least 24 hours after your VASER® Liposuction surgery.

Will I have to return for post-op care?

It is recommended that you visit your doctor a day, a week, a month, 6 months and 12 months after the surgery, in order for the doctor to monitor your progress.

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The content provided on this website is for informational purposes only and in no way intended to substitute the professional medical advice given by a physician during an in-office consultation and examination. Any photographs/illustrations on this website cannot be copied and reprinted in any way without written permission from Skinnotion.

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