Acne Keloidalis Nuchae (AKN)  starts off as pimple-like bumps on the back of the head. Without treatment, they eventually merge into a large tumor. Sufferers typically undergo a common course of events. This usually starts off with a haircut using a blade or tight clippers. Months later, there is the onset of pimply growths in the back of the head. Many individuals attempt to use over the counter treatments expecting their lesions to disappear, only to find that they persist and get larger over time.  Common searches on the internet to find a solution for this condition includes “how to get rid of bumps on the back of my head by laser,” or even “bumps on the back of the head laser.” Common query results include many forms of home remedy  DIY advice or the direct sale bump treatment creams and lotions. However, these purported solutions do not work to get rid of AKN. Some provide temporary relief, but the lesions never go away. One possibility for addressing these types of bumps is laser treatment.  If executed properly on the right situation, an acne keloidalis nuchae laser treatment can offer an effective cure.

Several key caveats include:

  1. when the treatment is started
  2. the choice of laser used

AKN Laser Treatment for Bumps on the Back of the Head Should Begin Early

If you seek a cure for painful bumps on back of head,  AKN laser treatment options should be considered as priority course of action once symptoms arise. Acne keloidalis nuchae starts out as discrete or isolated small bumps that can eventually fuse into a single large bump if the condition is not addressed. There are many ways individuals attempt to cure AKN, but every patient’s case is different and requires a particular treatment.

When it comes to lasers, treatment must begin in the early stages of the disease to be effective. So, a laser treatment should begin when the lesions are small bumps and presented to a doctor is knowledgeable in diagnosing and treating the condition. Lasers have the potential to work well when the bumps are still small and isolated, in the papular stages They are not as effective if the lesions have already coalesced into a flat plaque or mass. At an advanced stage, surgical excision of the AKN tissue is the only way to remove the tumor.

Dr U's acne keloidalis nuchae chart shows what bumps on back of head can receive laser treatment

Dr. U’s AKN classification chart illustrates different variations in bumps on the back of head; not all can be treated with laser.

How Acne Keloidalis Nuchae Laser Treatment Works to Get Rid of Bumps on the Back of the Head

In many cases of AKN, the lesion is often caused by an ingrown hair that triggers the body’s immune system and causes inflammation of the surrounding tissues. The most effective laser treatment in principle works by targeting and releasing the hairs that exist inside the AKN bump, eliminating the aggravating factor, allowing the lesion to subside and flatten. This process is much like laser hair removal. Dr. U favors the ND: YAG laser for this purpose and has had routine success with this approach.

If the condition is past the papular stage,  the laser would be incapable of reaching and killing the hair at the root of the problem. It is also possible at that stage, that simply eliminating the hair alone would not decrease the size of the AKN mass.

How to Get Rid of Small Bumps on the Back of My Head by Laser: Dr. U’s Method

Dr. U uses the ND: YAG as an acne keloidalis nuchae laser treatment to produce excellent outcomes for the right candidate, during the initial signs of the disease. The features of this long pulse laser allow it to deliver prolonged pulses of energy to allow the follicle to permanently release the hair shaft.

Another rationale for using the ND: YAG as the preferred choice of laser treatment is that it is safe for all skin types. This is important considering that the demographic of most AKN sufferers that present for laser treatment for their bump on the back of the neck and head are individuals with types 5-6 Fitzpatrick skin types (African, Hispanic and Asian descent).

In addition to Dr. U’s own experience using laser on AKN patients, research in the medical community has shown positive results for this approach when applied during the early stages of Acne Keloidalis Nuchae.  Recent studies on the use of the long pulse ND: YAG show that the laser is quite effective in treating papular and plaque stages of AKN. The success of the acne keloidalis nuchae laser treatment is evident in various dermatology case studies.

One study featured 16 patients individually treated in the papular stage in 5 sessions, spread in intervals of one month apart. The lesions flattened into remission in over 90% of the subjects after 5 the five treatments. Also, this intervention showed 70% improvement with flattening of the plaques.

To find out if you can achieve relief from your acne keloidalis nuchae symptoms with “painful bump on the back of the head” laser treatment, schedule a complimentary initial consultation to speak to Dr. Umar

Hard Bump on the Back of the Head Removal by Laser: Dr U’s AKN Laser Treatments Results

The following are photos of Dr U’s patients treated using the long pulse ND:YAG laser, starting with pre-treatment images:


Pre-treatment with painful bumps on back of head laser cure

One patient before seeking bump in the back of head treatment with laser.


Patient before undergoing bumps on back of head laser treatment for AKN or acne keloidalis nuchae laser treatment

Photo shows the papular stage before patient’s acne keloidalis nuchae laser treatment.

Patient Examples Demonstrating When Painful Bumps on the Back of the Head Works With Laser Cure

Post painful bump on back of head laser treatment with Dr U

Here are a patient’s AKN laser treatment result images, 2 years after visiting Dr U*

An early-stage AKN bump in the back of head treatment with laser result after two years

Early stage papular AKN 2-year results after AKN laser treatment with the  ND YAG laser*


Patient before and after his AKN laser treatment

Patient before and after his AKN laser treatment*

VIDEO: Hard Bump on the Back of the Head Undergoes Removal By Laser

Learn more about this patient’s overall experience and his outcome using laser to treat his Acne Keloidalis Nuchae condition.

In this video you can examine one of Dr U's recent patient's Acne Keloidalis Nuchae laser treatment results. After decades of struggling with AKN caused bumps, he turned to Dr U for laser treatment. Dr U was able to reduce this patient’s symptoms by using a specifically selected Acne keloidalis nuchae laser tool.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: Acne Keloidalis Nuchae Laser Treatment

What type of AKN bump on the back of the head is best for treatment with laser? 

Laser can offer a very effective form of treatment if the AKN bump is caused by a hair shaft that has grown into the skin, causing an inflammatory reaction. Energy from the laser would work to remove the hair, causing the inflammation and swelling to subside.

How much does acne keloidalis nuchae laser treatment cost?

AKN laser treatment cost is determined by the stage of the condition and the number of laser treatment sessions required. For more information regarding the cost of bumps on the back of the head laser treatment, you can do a consultation with Dr. U. You and Dr. U can discuss the optimal treatment choices for your AKN. If a laser is the best treatment for you, the type of laser and the likely number of sessions would be determined at consultation. The total cost for treating the bumps on the back of your head can be deduced from the aforementioned information.

Are there any side effects of undergoing the ND: YAG laser cure for painful bumps on the back of the head?

Long pulse ND: YAG acne keloidalis nuchae laser treatment works similarly to laser hair removal. By targeting the hair follicles to eliminate the source of some AKN conditions and symptoms, ingrown hairs and follicle inflammation, the follicle shaft is released and hair removed. Thus, a side effect of this treatment would include loss of hair in the treated areas. Most patients, however, would not mind this side effect because of the many failed treatment attempts using other methods; painful symptoms associated with AKN and other uncomfortable symptoms like a persistent itch, discharge and the unsightly appearance of the lesion as well as the depressing psychological trauma an individual must have already suffered.

What is the healing process after undergoing a treatment with laser for a bump on the back of the head?

After choosing and undergoing painful bumps on the back of the head laser cure, or acne keloidalis nuchae laser treatment, the area should heal with ease. Hair loss in the treated area can occur, but patients do not need to be concerned about resuming their daily lives after the procedure.

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Further Reading

Watch additional Dr. U acne keloidalis nuchae patient result video on YouTube

Learn more about the general condition of acne keloidalis nuchae or AKN

Read about this patient’s case as he underwent laser treatment for clearing his AKN lesion bumps