Can you help me with a "buffalo hump"?

Dear Dr. Reichel:

I'm interested in a liposuction procedure that is not common(or is it?) I have developed a "buffalo hump" at the base of my neck,and would like it removed. I'm not sure why I have it, but conventional weight loss does not help. Can this be removed? And what would be an estimated cost? Thank you for any information you may have.

I definitely can help you with the "Buffalo Hump" at the base of your neck.  It is a deposit of excess fatty tissue, and is treatable by liposuction.

Having a "hump" at the base of the neck can happen as we get older. Although it can be associated with conditions, like diabetes, often it is just a genetic change. The hump is caused by excess fatty tissue, and may not go away with weight loss.

The liposuction procedure is fairly straight forward, and does not require general anesthesia. You would be in the surgery center for 2-3 hours. The procedure itself, will take about one hour. You should have a fast recovery. There will probably be some bruising, swelling, and tenderness for a few days.

As far as cost, it isn't usually covered by insurance. The entire cost will be around $3000. Please come in for a consultation, my office number is 206.859.5777.

Thank you for your question and I look forward to meeting you.
Dr R

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