Will Liposuction Get Rid Of My Buffalo Hump?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in Liposuction of the Dorsocervical fat accumulation.  I am curious if you do this procedure and what ball park of cost would this procedure be in. Please advise as I need your help. 

A: Liposuction is an excellent option and often preferred treatment for neck fat. I believe when you refer to the dorsocervical fat accumulation, you seek the classic ‘Buffalo Hump’ reduction. This is a procedure that I have done numerous times (most commonly in the HIV patient although not always) and I have found that the use of laser liposuction (Smartlipo) can give a very effective reduction without the need for an open operation with a long incision. This is a procedure that takes less than an hour to do, often under sedation or general anesthesia. (it is helpful to have the patient have a good anesthetic depth so the liposuction procedure can be aggressive) Buffalo humps consist of a very fibrous type of fat (often looking more white than yellow) as opposed to a softer and more buttery type of fat more commonly seen in many areas of the body including the anterior neck. This is why laser liposuction or power-assisted liposuction (PAL) is used as it is more effective at breaking up this more dense fat that is held together by fibrous tissue bands. Buffalo humps can be very effectively reduced by this liposuction approach. In my experience, patients have not reported a recurrence of this posterior neck fat accumulation. The ballpark cost would be in the $4,000 to $4,500 range.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana