Acne Keloidalis Nuchae Surgery Results For Bump on Back of Head
Acne Keloidalis Nuchae Surgery Results For Bump on Back of Head : Acne Keloidalis Nuchae is a chronic and progressive condition where hair follicles become inflamed. The exact causes are not clear. And it may even be the case that different patients have been affected by different causes. Among them include:
(1) irritation from clothing
(2) close shaving from hair cuts
(3) ingrown hairs that the immune system does not recognize
AKN often occurs in males of African descent. Curly hair is likely to grow back into the skin, causing an inflammation reaction of the hair follicles. However, the condition can also occur in males of other ethnic backgrounds who have straight hair.
Medications can help reduce some of the symptoms associated with Acne Keloidalis Nuchae: itching, swelling, pain and discharge. Although drugs can be helpful in the early stages of the condition, they cannot clear away the tissue growth. At best, they may flatten the lesions or reduce their size.
At first, Acne Keloidalis Nuchae manifests as bumps that look like regular acne. If treatment is not started right away, the lesions will get bigger in size and become large masses on the back of the head.
Surgery For Acne Keloidalis Nuchae
The successful removal of Acne Keloidalis Nuchae requires surgical excision. The affected area is removed by the doctor. The wound can be allowed to heal without closure and new skin will grow in its place. However there is a very high risk of the AKN returning.
Complete closure immediately after the surgery will restrict the normal range of head movement. Instead, the wound must be allowed to close on its own over the course of several weeks.
The results on this patient were achieved through serial tension stitching. Although this resulted in a horizontal, linear scar, it can also be deliberately positioned to align with the posterior hairline. With this strategy, the scar is far less noticeable.
Here are before and after images of his procedure. The results are seen eight weeks after his surgery.
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