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How Do You Treat a Dorsocervical Fat Pad Without Invasive Surgery?

back of woman's neck

What Is A Buffalo Hump?

A hump behind the shoulder, also known as a buffalo hump or dorsocervical fat pad, is caused by fat accumulating around the lower neck. The condition isn't of much medical concern in most cases.

Tumors, cysts, and other abnormal growths can form between your shoulders, forming a hump. Other causes of this growth can be a result of a curved spine. It could also be due to excess subcutaneous fat, often due to a combination of genetics and lifestyle factors. 

Therefore, you must speak to your physician to diagnose the reason behind these changes in your lower neck.

Causes Of A Buffalo Hump

A hump behind the shoulders can be caused due to the following reasons: 

  1. A side effect of medication such as those used to treat HIV or obesity.
  2. Cushing's syndrome, which is a rare condition in which the body has high levels of cortisol
  3. Osteoporosis
  4. Long-term steroid use.

Treatment For a Buffalo Hump

You should treat your buffalo hump by addressing the condition that causes it. In some cases, surgery may be needed, and sometimes it's not.

If your buffalo hump is caused due to the side effect of prescription medication, consult with your physician before changing the dosage or stopping the treatment.

For patients dealing with excess fat behind their necks, specific lifestyle changes can help reduce fat throughout their bodies, including the buffalo hump. 

How To Treat A Buffalo Hump Without Invasive Surgery

We understand the thought of undergoing surgery isn't pleasant, but you're still concerned about obtaining significant changes.

Here are a few lifestyle tips, followed by a minimally invasive treatment for sculpting away stubborn fat for good.


Dieting is a great option to lose your dorsocervical fat pad if it's caused by excess fat. To properly diet, you must enter into a caloric deficit, which is where you're consuming fewer calories than what's needed to maintain your current weight.

If you consume 500 fewer calories daily, you can lose up to a pound of fat per week. Crash diets do not actually burn fat; instead, they cause you to lose water weight. With a consistent caloric deficit, you'll be able to shed stubborn areas, including the buffalo hump.


Exercising can also help you enter a caloric deficit. Cardio, the optimal way to burn off calories, can help you achieve your fat-loss goals, especially if coupled with the proper diet.

Doing weight-training exercises on your back will not help you lose fat. It will only develop musculature in the area, which can help tone the regions and provide a sculpted look.

Buffalo Hump Fat Removal With AirSculpt®  

How do you treat a buffalo hump with cosmetic procedures? That's where Elite Body Sculpture can help.

AirSculpt® is designed to extract the subcutaneous fat deposits forming the growth on the back of your neck with a patented, minimally invasive technique.

Due to the advanced nature of our procedures, we don't use a scalpel, needle, stitches, or general anesthesia to remove buffalo hump fat permanently. Because patients remain awake, they incur far fewer risks than traditional liposuction and enjoy a much shorter downtime of just one to two days.

For more information on how we can help you, come to our Nashville body contouring office or one of our 20+ locations worldwide to conduct your first consultation. 


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