The Typical Patient

  • Excess fatty accumulation usually in the neck and referred to as a "buffalo hump" deformity.
  • Often associated with steroid use or HIV disease and medications.
  • Features of localized excess fat in the neck or in other areas of the body.

The Procedure

  • Anesthesia is usually a very light general and the procedure takes about two hours.
  • The incision is very inconspicuous and about 1/8th inch in length.
  • The procedure involves ultrasonic liposuction.
  • No drains are used.
  • Dressings and a light compression garment are used for several days.
  • This can be combined with other cosmetic surgical procedures.

The Recovery

  • You can go home after several hours or can stay overnight.
  • You can shower on the second day after surgery.
  • There is only minimal pain that is mostly gone by the second or third day and easily controlled by medications.
  • Swelling is mild to moderate and peaks at two to three days then disappears rapidly over the next three weeks.
  • Minimal or no bruising is the usual.
  • You can resume many activities within the first week, and most by at least three weeks.
  • You can resume many activities within the first week, and most including exercise, by at least three weeks.
  • The stitches are dissolvable.
  • Expect to be off of work for only two to three days.

The Result

  • Beautiful, balanced and proportioned contour.
  • More confident and comfortable in clothing, especially collared shirts.
  • Lasts the rest of your life and always looks better than if you didn't do it.
  • Natural and presentable appearance in the first week that just gets better over the next three to six months.