Liposuction of Buffalo Hump / Dowagers Hump - Marietta, GA

So I started noticing a hump in high school. It...

So I started noticing a hump in high school. It made me very self-conscious. When I got married, my dress had a beautiful open back, but I wore my hair down to hide the hump. I gained a lot of weight and got up to 265lbs. I'm sure that contributed to the hump growing. From what I've learned, the hump of thick fibrous tissue forms to protect neck vertebrae that your body thinks is weak. I had horrible posture. Since losing about 70lbs, the hump is more visible. My high weight honestly seemed to hide it better. I can't wear my hair up unless I'm wearing a certain kind of shirt or hoodie. It makes me feel so ugly. I should be happier after losing weight, but this was something that obviously is not going to go away without surgical intervention. I just couldn't take it anymore and sought out removing it.

My doctor chose local anesthesia. I took a prescribed xanax prior to the procedure to calm my nerves. I laid down on my stomach and they gave me about 20 shots to numb the area. This was pretty tough, because the solution burns pretty bad. Someone else said it felt like a tattoo, but since I don't have a tattoo, I'd say it was like getting stung by a lot of bees in the same place. The doctor asked me if I needed a break from the shots if he thought I was in too much pain. After all the shots and the burning subsided, he started the liposuction.

A small incision was made and the cannula insterted. This was a pretty bizzarre sensation. It didn't hurt, but I could feel how hard he was having to push through the tissue. It was pretty rough and vigorous, since it's not regular fat. If I were to describe it, it would be like if I had really tough bubble wrap under my skin that he was trying to pop with a stick. I felt all the little pops. When he got to the top where it is tapering off and is really close to my spine, it hurt a bit. I was in and out in 45 minutes.

After the were done, I my husband drove me home and I snapped that after pic. The swelling hadn't really started yet. Obviously, I wish I could have a beautiful swan neck, but I just don't think that's possible with the permanent hunch of my spine. It is an incredible improvement though. It started getting very sore that evening and was tough to sleep on. He prescribed me some percocet (hydrocodone +acetaminophen) I would say i felt my best about 4 days post-op, and did too much. I even wore my 20lb infant in a baby carrier, which was a really dumb idea. It was pretty painful that night and my incision bled a little.

Now I'm 6 days post-op and it is pretty sore and swollen almost to as big as it was before. He said to expect that it may swell even be bigger than when I started, but I know it will get better. I have a follow up tomorrow.
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