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How Can Acne Keloidalis Nuchae Razor Bumps Affect Your Military Career?

This Man No Longer Stresses About Military Shaved Head Regulations, Thanks to Dr. Bumpinator’s AKN Removal

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This gentleman, a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, developed AKN bumps on the back of his scalp. Due to military shaved head requirements, these tissue lesions became a major source of distress. After undergoing failed treatment at a different provider, he then decided to seek help from none other than Dr.Bumpinator himself.

 

 

Before Photos – A Growing AKN Problem Prevents This Patient From Having A “Career Must” Military Crew Cut

Acne Keloidalis Nuchae bumps started to grow and merge on the lower part of this patient’s scalp, forming an awkward-looking region of thick, bumpy collagen.

Contrary to urban myth, this had nothing to do with dirty clippers. According to Dr. Bumpinator, AKN is a genetically predisposed condition that causes the skin to react adversely to a close razor shave.

Due to his Acne Keloidalis Nuchae lesion, this patient would not be able to wear his hair short, according to military shaved head requirements. His condition became an issue for his career path in the military.

Although another provider had prescribed Accutane, a toxic oral medication recommended for acne vulgaris (i.e., common acne), this treatment did not eliminate this patient’s AKN bumps.

 

Patient's AKN lesions would show through a short military-style hair cut

The patient’s AKN lesions would show through a short military-style haircut.

The patient's genetic predisposition led to the development of Acne Keloidalis Nuchae bumps

The patient’s genetic predisposition led to the development of Acne Keloidalis Nuchae bumps.

 

Procedure Photos – Removing Troublesome Acne Keloidalis Nuchae Bumps- Meeting Military Haircut Regulations

One of the reasons why Dr.Bumpinator succeeds in permanently removing AKN where others fail is that he classifies each patient case to pair them with the right surgical method. He can achieve permanent, long-term remission (i.e., bumps do not come back), whereas standard conventional treatments only keep the AKN at bay.

For this particular patient case, Dr.Bumpinator decided to apply a surgical technique that he developed at his clinic, along with a proprietary tool that he invented [1]. Here he is at work.

 

 

Dr. Bumpinator assesses the affected AKN region on the back of this patient's head

Dr. Bumpinator assesses the affected AKN region on the back of this patient’s head.

Measuring the AKN tissue, relative to scalp landmarks such as the occipital notch is an important step

Measuring the AKN tissue relative to scalp landmarks such as the occipital notch is an important step.

 

Dr. Bumpinator at work to remove the patient's Acne Keloidalis Nuchae once and for all.

Dr. Bumpinator at work to remove the patient’s Acne Keloidalis Nuchae once and for all.

Before and After Photos – Dr.Bumpinator’s Natural Looking Signature Scar Replaces This Patient’s AKN Worries

Dr.Bumpinator’s special surgical approach not only eliminated the unwanted AKN tissue but also left a clean linear scar aligned with the patient’s posterior hairline. See his before and after photos below.

A straight, clean linear scar now replaces the former AKN region

A straight, clean linear scar now replaces the former AKN region.

 

 

 

Dr.Bumpinator made sure that the edges of the patient's AKN surgery wound closed into a natural-looking scar

Dr.Bumpinator made sure that the edges of the patient’s AKN surgery wound closed into a natural-looking scar.

Dr.Bumpinator's final linear scar aligns inconspicuously with the patient's posterior hairline

Dr.Bumpinator’s final linear scar aligns inconspicuously with the patient’s posterior hairline.

VIDEO – No More Military Shaved Head Career Stress Thanks to Dr.Bumpinator’s Triumphant AKN Removal

Watch the video below to learn more about this military patient’s journey with AKN and the feedback he provides about his experience with Dr.Bumpinator.

Military Man Seeks AKN Removal By Dr. Bumpinator

Frequently Asked Questions – Needing to Meet Military Crew Cut Regulations? What to Know About Treating Acne Keloidalis Nuchae

Why do drugs not work for treating AKN?

Acne Keloidalis Nuchae is a condition where the skin overreacts and profusely produces collagen. Drugs can’t subtract or eliminate this unwanted tissue. They can only address the issue of inflammation and symptoms of discomfort, such as pain, itching, and swelling.

It seems that everyone says that dirty razor clippers cause razor bumps and Acne Keloidalis Nuchae.  Is this actually true?

AKN can develop whether or not the clippers used are clean or dirty. The real cause is not bacteria or microbes but how your skin reacts to the ingrowth of hair. This response is different from person to person and determined by genetics.

Are there any at-home treatments or over-the-counter products that can help with AKN?

Unfortunately no. Again, Acne Keloidalis Nuchae is really a condition that is contingent on how your skin behaves and responds to ingrown hair shafts. No topical treatment, kitchen ingredient, or DIY formulation can change this.

References

  1. Umar, Sanusi et al. “Innovative Surgical Approaches and Selection Criteria of Large Acne Keloidalis Nuchae Lesions.” Plastic and reconstructive surgery. Global open vol. 7,5 e2215. 16 May. 2019

Read More »This Man No Longer Stresses About Military Shaved Head Regulations, Thanks to Dr. Bumpinator’s AKN Removal

Terminated Acne Keloidalis Nuchae Bump Still Gone 14 Years Later makes Man Happy

Can You Tell That This Man Had AKN Surgery? See His Final Scar Outcome

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This patient first came to see Dr.Bumpinator after an eight-year struggle with Acne Keloidalis Nuchae – AKN. Before this, he tried a nonsurgical approach at a different clinic using steroid injections. However, this did not get rid of his bump lesion. He then decided to choose Dr.Bumpinator as his service provider, hoping to achieve a discrete and inconspicuous linear scar. With Dr.Bumpinator’s surgical method to produce the best Acne Keloidalis Nuchae treatment results, this patient would also be able to have his final scar covered with his own hair growth.

 

 

 

Before Photos – AKN Class I Plaque

Due to the size and location of this patient’s bump lesions, this patient was categorized as an AKN Class I Plaque, according to Dr.Bumpinator’s system of classification.

The patient's AKN bump is vertically narrow and located in the upper nuchal region

The patient’s AKN bump is vertically narrow and located in the upper nuchal region.

This patient's AKN is classified as a Class I plaque, according to Dr.Bumpinator's categorization schema

This patient’s AKN is classified as a Class I plaque, according to Dr.Bumpinator’s categorization schema.

Dr.Bumpinator’s categorization schema helps patients by allowing them to be matched with the most appropriate treatment format. By pairing specific cases with fitting methods, it is possible to expect the best possible cosmetic outcome (1) reliably.

Procedure Photos – Dr. Bumpinator’s Acne Keloidalis Nuchae Treatment Results – A Thin, Discrete Linear Scar

For this patient’s procedure, the most obvious starting point was to remove the actual AKN bump lesion through surgical excision. Dr.Bumpinator’s innovative surgical method would then result in a thin linear scar covered by the patient’s own hair growth.

Dr.Bumpinator at work to TERMINATE this patient's AKN for GOOD!

Dr.Bumpinator at work to TERMINATE this patient’s AKN for GOOD!

Using his trichophytic wound closure technique, this patient had the edges of his wound sutured on the same day right after his excision.

Using his trichophytic wound closure technique, this patient had the edges of his wound sutured on the same day right after his excision.

After Photos – A Well Camouflaged Final Linear Scar

Here are images of this patient’s outcome, taken 14 years after his procedure with Dr.Bumpinator. Due to the successful growth of hair through the final linear scar, it is not even obvious that this patient had undergone any surgical removal or that AKN was even a problem in the first place. Can you tell that he even had a procedure done?

AKN Patient With Thin, Unnoticeable Linear Scar

AKN Patient With Thin, Unnoticeable Linear Scar

VIDEO: Acne Keloidalis Nuchae Treatment Results – No More Embarrassing Bumps

Watch this video to learn more about Dr. Bumpinator’s surgical journey and final scar outcome.

Frequently Asked Questions – AKN Removal

Should I see a dermatologist get rid of my AKN bumps?

Acne Keloidalist Nuchae removal requires a specialized treatment approach. Many doctors (dermatologists included) lack the expertise required to eliminate lesions and keep them from coming back permanently.  Patients are often prescribed drug medications, injections, topicals, etc. However, these will not actually get rid of the unwanted tissue. Although AKN can be excised using surgery, Dr.Bumpinator recommends classifying each patient case to determine specific protocols for removal. It’s important to realize that the end goal is not just to get rid of the Acne Keloidalis Nuchae bumps but also to leave behind the most natural-looking final scar.  This will require more advanced surgical methods. You will need to see a true specialist.

Is Acne Keloidalis Nuchae the same as razor bumps?

AKN starts as tiny bumps, resulting from close razor shaves on the back of the head. However, what makes them different from ordinary razor (shaved haircut) bumps is how the person’s skin responds. Affected individuals have a genetic predisposition to produce prolific collagen as a reaction to ingrown hair. Their immune systems mistake the hair shaft as a threat. The collagen is intended to heal the damage resulting from these attacks. So really, AKN does start as what appears to be regular razor bumps. But the bumps themselves (in predisposed individuals) are really starting a progressive and chronic skin issue.

Does AKN come back after surgical removal?

It really depends on how the surgical excision and wound closure was performed. Bumps are more like to return if the surgeon does not excise deeply enough to remove the affected tissue. Also, they can come back if the wrong wound closure method is used. Dr.Bumpinator has developed methods that aim towards long-term and permanent outcomes that patients can be happy with in the end.

References

  1. Umar, Sanusi et al. “Patient selection criteria and innovative techniques for improving outcome and cosmesis in acne keloidalis nuchae lesion excision and primary closure.” JAAD case reports vol. 5,1 24-28. 4 Dec. 2018

Read More »Can You Tell That This Man Had AKN Surgery? See His Final Scar Outcome

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