She’s the scalpel-wielding doctor annihilating any stomach-churning, pus-filled lump and bump she’s presented with.
Now Dr Pimple Popper may have been given her biggest challenge yet – a jaw-dropping 400g fatty lump the size of a bowling ball.
Her latest viral video shows her removing the bulge from the back of a man’s neck, which she describes as ‘a bear of a lipoma’.
Dr Sandra Lee, aka Dr Pimple Popper, hoped it would come out easily – but the monster growth didn’t want to budge.
Eventually she is forced to put down her surgical tools and yank the fatty cells out with her bare hands.
WHAT IS A LIPOMA?
Lipomas are soft, fatty lumps that grow under the skin.
They are harmless and can usually be left alone if small and painless.
Lipomas are non-cancerous (benign) and are caused by an overgrowth of fat cells.
They can grow anywhere in the body where there are fat cells, but are usually seen on the shoulders, neck, chest, arms, back, buttocks and thighs.
Lipomas feel soft and ‘doughy’ to touch and range from the size of a pea to a few centimetres across.
Occasionally, lipomas can develop deeper inside the body, so you cannot see or feel them.
They can be removed surgically by a procedure called a lipoma excision.
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The California-based dermatologist starts by numbing the area and reassuring her patient, an unidentified father-of-five from London, that he shouldn’t feel any pain, just ‘a little tightness’.
As she slices into the huge lump, the man’s wife tells her: ‘Everybody has been saying “get it out, get it out”‘.
The doctor then warns the couple that she won’t be able to remove the lump in one go, explaining that the fatty cells had grown so much they were deeply embedded in his back.
After sewing up the huge wound, she shows the man the gooey mess she removed and he rather casually exclaims: ‘It looks like curried shrimp.’
Dr Sandra Lee said it was a ‘very frustrating’ surgery.
‘I didn’t want to create a scar line that spanned his entire upper back but I wanted to reduce the size of this lipoma as much as possible and as safely as possible,’ she said.
Not for the faint-hearted: The dermatologist wasn’t able to remove the lipoma in one piece
The procedure was a success but Dr Lee jokes the patient misses his ‘built-in pillow’
She said: ‘I didn’t get the area completely flat, but it does look much better and most importantly, I believe the patient is pleased.’
Afterwards, Dr Pimple Popper joked the patient misses his ‘built-in pillow’.
‘He said that he is doing well, and the only thing he misses about his lipoma was his “built-in pillow”, but he uses his wife for that now,’ she said.
Uploaded on May 14, the video has already amassed more than 1.8 million views on her popular YouTube channel.
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