‘Buffalo Hump’ Is the Latest Physical Flaw the Surgery-Industrial Complex Wants You to Obsess About

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American Bison (Buffalo)

Good news! The International Shadow Consortium of Malevolent Plastic Surgeons has come up with something new for you to obsess about as you rise early each morning to hatefully scrutinize your entire body, inch by inch, in your enormous, custom-built compound mirror. The “buffalo hump” is not a club-ready Black Eyed Peas/Neneh Cherry mashup, but an abnormal fat deposit on the neck and upper back. Procedures to remove it saw a staggering 350 percent bump in the UK last year.

Here’s an example, pictured before and after liposuction.


The buffalo hump, technically known as a dorsocervical fat pad, doesn’t pose a health risk in and of itself. Nevertheless, if you believe you suffer from this condition, consult a doctor – the underlying causes can be serious. The hump may result from steroid use, Cushing syndrome, or severe obesity. It’s also a side effect of certain AIDS medications.

To be clear, people in need of medical interventions should seek out those medical interventions. (Please, seek out those medical interventions.) And more broadly, as we’ve said before, there should be an amendment that specifically grants you the right to do whatever you want to your face and body without anyone throwing shade at you. (America!) But the last thing our image-obsessed society needs is more flaw-mongering to fuel the fire. I strongly doubt that the combined incidence of Cushing syndrome, severe obesity, and so on also rose an uncanny 350 percent in Britain in 2013.

Cosmetic surgery trends to look out for in 2014: thumb-lengthening, nostril-deepening, the systematic replacement of individual eyelashes with miniature titanium rods.

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