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Laser Treatment

Published on November 18, 2020. Last Updated on June 21, 2021.

Patient before and after AKN treatment with laser
Patient before and after AKN treatment With laser

Lasers may offer an effective form of treatment for small Acne Keloidalis Nuchae (AKN) bumps. However, not all AKN bumps would qualify for this treatment approach. Dr. U has developed objective criteria for determining when to use lasers most effectively. [1] Dr. Bumpinator uses criteria such as lesion morphology, scalp location, and the choice of laser to determine if this a viable treatment option for you. Furthermore, Dr. Bumpinator has developed methods for optimizing the cosmetic appearance of the result post-laser treatment. He achieves this by taking into account the spread and location of qualifying AKN lesions. In the process, the patient is given a variety of choices of esthetic possibilities to choose from.

Animated clip of AKN laser patient at Dr. Bumpinator's office
Hair growth covers the thin linear scar following this patient’s AKN surgical removal by Dr.U.

Patient Selection Criteria Developed by Dr. Bumpinator

As you now know, Dr. Bumpinator’s amazing results are largely due to his surgical methods. But another important aspect is the selection criteria that he developed, matching the right patients with the right treatment approach for their needs[2, 3].

An important piece of information that often gets overlooked is that AKN comes in many different morphological forms, sizes, and distribution spreads. Furthermore, unwanted tissue growth appears throughout a variety of different regions on the back of the head. Due to all these individual factors, a one-size-fits-all approach will not work well in every single instance.

And yes, multiple or more customized forms of treatment are also possible. However, there still needs to be objective criteria, not a subjective or arbitrary assignment of one approach over another.

By pairing the right patient with the right technique, like a hand in a glove fit, Dr.Bumpinator helps his patients achieve reliable and consistent aesthetic outcomes that help them feel confident about their self-image once again.


  1. JAAD Volume 5, Issue 6, Pages 529–534,Selection criteria and techniques for improved cosmesis and predictable outcomes in laser hair removal treatment of acne keloidalis nuchae
  2. JAAD 2019 Jan; 5(1): 24–28,Patient selection criteria and innovative techniques for improving outcome and cosmesis in acne keloidalis nuchae lesion excision and primary closure
  3. PRS Global Open, 2019 May; 7(5): e2215,Innovative Surgical Approaches and Selection Criteria of Large Acne Keloidalis Nuchae Lesions