Dr. Sandra Lee has earned herself the nickname Dr. Pimple Popper from popping countless pimples for those who so desperately need her help. In this video, she compiled the ten best (or grossest) cysts she popped in 2015. Here’s what she had to say in the video description:
This has been a year of so many blackhead extractions and cyst excisions!! Many more than all my years as a dermatologist (over 10 years) combined! I didn’t realize something that I may do or see on a regular basis as a dermatologist would be so interesting to so many people, and this fascinates me. For many of you, my videos are exciting and you describe them as “gross but oddly satisfying”, and for others, you actually watch them to relax you and to help to sleep! Still others have dermatillomania, which is an obsession with and a compulsion to pick your own skin, and these videos help you to diminish this urge.
Most importantly, this has hopefully been an educational experience for you, (which is what this all is about, after all). Do you know the difference between a blackhead and a whitehead? Between a comedone and a milium? A pilar cyst versus an epidermoid cyst? An abscess versus a lipoma? If you’ve watched most of my videos… you BETTER! So I thought to thank you and to also review what we all have learned this last year in dermatology, I would put together a collection of my 10 favorite blackhead extractions AND my 10 most interesting HardPops, that I did this year, 2015. Do you know the difference between a “SoftPop” and a “HardPop”? I would classify a softpop as a simple blackhead extraction or a removal of milia. These are classified as procedures and not surgeries. There is usually no knife involved (maybe a sharp blade to pierce the overlying skin), and no sutures placed. A hardpop is usually a surgery, a removal of a growth that is deeper in the skin, deeper than the superficial dermis/papular dermis. Often times, these are surgeries done using sterile technique, local anesthesia is placed, and often sutures are used to close the wound made to pop the growth out.
Hopefully, these examples will show you how I properly and in a sterile and safe environment, remove HardPops, , aka cysts, lipomas, abscesses, etc. As you know, ALL of this is done by a board certified dermatologist (me), in the medical office setting. The intent is to remove these unwanted growth with as little risk as possible of scarring or other unwanted complications. Hopefully, these videos help you identify issues you may have with your own skin and understand what treatment options you have as well as help you to understand when it’s time to see a dermatologist!
Thank you for an amazing year, and THANK YOU for watching!!
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