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What is a buffalo hump and can it be removed?

What is a buffalo hump? 

A buffalo hump is the lump of excess fat that is located underneath the neck between the shoulder blades. This hump can often make you appear aged beyond your years. 

It is a fairly common condition – spend a moment thinking about it and you’ll be able to recall knowing or seeing someone who has a buffalo hump. 

There is a range of causes for buffalo humps, including:

 – Genetics

– Bad posture: leaning forward and looking at your phone and slouching at your desk in front of the computer

– Weight gain

– Medications

– Injuries

– Excess hormones 

– Osteoporosis

While buffalo humps do not cause any other health problems, they can be seen as aesthetically unappealing. After all, it can be an area of the body which is very noticeable. It is also an area which is difficult to lose weight through diet and exercise. Fortunately, buffalo hump removal is a solution. 


Can I have buffalo hump removal? 

Buffalo hump removal is a suitable procedure for those who have a buffalo hump with they do not like the appearance of and wish to have removed.

You will need to ensure you have a buffalo hump – in some cases, the lump may not be fat. Some people may have other medical conditions, such as Cushing’s Syndrome or Cervical Kyphosis

You will need to be at least 18 years old to undergo buffalo hump removal. 


What does buffalo hump removal involve? 

If you have tried non-surgical options, such as physical exercise, diet or posture adjustment, you may wish to undergo surgical buffalo hump removal. 

Buffalo hump removal is done through liposuction

At London Lipo Institute, this is done through using tumescent liposuction. This involves injecting a dilute local anaesthetic into the treatment area – in this case, the buffalo hump. This causes the area to become large, firm and swollen, otherwise known as tumescent. This makes it easier and safer for the surgeons to undertake liposuction. 

Tumescent liposuction means you will be awake throughout the duration of the procedure. However, due to the local anaesthetic, you will not be able to feel any pain or discomfort. 

Once the area has become tumescent, the surgeon will make small incisions. This will allow for a small cannula to be inserted. This will be used to suck the excess fat from the neck and shoulders. 

Once the procedure is complete the area may be bandaged and you will have to wear a compression garment. 

What happens after buffalo hump removal? 


It is normal to experience some swelling following this procedure. This will only last the first few days. 

You will be wearing a compression garment which will help to reduce swelling. 

You may notice an immediate reduction in size to the buffalo hump area. However, over the next few months results may continue to increase as swelling decreases and skin tightens.

Are you interested in buffalo hump removal? This is a procedure London Lipo Institute currently offers. Contact us today to find out more information or to book a consultation.