- Dr. Pimple Popper treated a woman with a “bossy” lipoma, or fat-filled growth.
- The lump grew for six years and was embedded under the skin, so it was difficult to remove in a pop.
- Instead, Dr. Pimple Popper used scissors, tweezers and his fingers to loosen the lipoma.
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Celebrity dermatologist Dr. Sandra Lee, better known by her name Dr. Pimple Popper, has not lacked lumps and bumps to get through the entire pandemic.
In a March 24 YouTube video, Dr. Pimple Popper shared his last patient’s treatment, which involved cutting an orange lipoma on the shoulder blade.
A lipoma is a fat-filled growth that sits between a person̵
In this woman’s case, her lipoma grew for six years and became larger and more visible, so she decided to have it removed. According to Lee, some lipomas, even if they are not cancer-free, can feel uncomfortable if they grow in certain areas such as the base of the neck.
In such cases, removal may help.
To treat the woman, Dr. Pimple Popper first injected an anesthetic solution around the area. She then made an incision through the center of the lipoma with a surgical blade that revealed a lumpy and yellow fat deposit under the skin’s surface.
Then Lee used his fingers and the tip of the scissors to dig into the cut. She also squeezed around the outside of the growth in an attempt to push it out of the woman’s skin.
Lipomas are encapsulated in a thin sac beneath the surface of the skin, which often allows them to “pop” out of the skin at once, Dr. Pimple Popper explained in the video description.
After struggling with the lipoma for a few minutes, a fat deposit broke the surface and Dr. Pimple Popper managed to cut it off. Still, she did not get the lipoma in its entirety because the fibers under the woman’s skin acted as “netting,” holding the lipoma in place, Lee said.
As she continued to squeeze and squeeze around the skin, Lee called the growth “a pest” and “bossy” because of its difficult to remove nature.
Ten minutes later, Dr. Pimple Popper managed to grab the remaining lump of fat with tweezers and pull it out of the skin, leaving a gaping hole.
She sews the wound with surgical stitches and asks the patient to minimize shoulder movement for the next 10 days.
Lee also explained to the patient that her difficult case was not surprising, since the skin on her back is usually thicker and makes lipomas more prone to getting stuck like hers did.