DR Pimple Popper always knows how to surprise and delight her fans – so her brand new TV series definitely won’t disappoint.
The LA-based dermatologist kicked off season 5 of her show in the US last night with one of her most stomach-churning cyst removals yet.
She was visited at her clinic by 32-year-old Juan, from Texas, whose body was covered in golf ball-sized boils.
He told the medic, real name Dr Sandra Lee, that the lumps started to emerge when he was just 13 which led to him being bullied at school.
After being told she would examine the growths, Juan flipped his long hair over his head and leaned forward.
Dr Lee says: “Oh yeah, you’ve got kinda big ones. Have you ever had any of them removed before?”
Juan tells her: “I’ve had them drained out, but not removed with the sac.”
She explains that it’s important to have them removed with the sac – a pocket of membranous tissue – so that they don’t grow back.
“Juan has a mixture of different kinds of cysts. When he was younger he had bad acne, which led to cysts with scarring,” she tells producers.
“I do think that I’ll be able to relieve some of Juan’s discomfort and remove these cysts, but I am really concerned about the scar tissue.
“There’s a lot of scar tissue in this area and that really increases the complications here and the difficulty and increases the rate of occurrence.”
Juan explains that he has had his cysts pops several times in the past, but they always return within a couple of months.
“I hope this is the last time this happens to me,” he says.
Once in the operating room, Dr Lee starts by injecting the largest cyst at the base of his neck with anaesthetic before using a scalpel to cut it open.
A cream-coloured chunky liquid came bursting out of the gap, and Dr Lee tells Juan: “It looks like mashed potatoes.”
As more pus seeps from the growth, the patient tells her he can feel an instant relief.
Dr Lee then finds another cyst which had been hidden behind the first one.
In the same way as the first, she uses her scalpel to slice it open – but this time it spurted its contents directly into her assistant’s face.
“It’s never fun to get splashed, but it’s never dangerous. I mean, just close your eyes and don’t open your mouth,” Dr Lee says.
Once the liquid was drained from the cyst, she used scissors to cut out the sac to give every best possible chance of not reoccurring.
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After draining one more smaller cyst, Dr Lee then used sutures to close up the incisions she made.
Speaking after the surgery, Juan said it was “such a big relief” to be able to turn his head again.
Feeling more confident about his appearance, he added: “Soon as I get back to Texas, I’m going to my barber and I’m going to get my hair cut.”