'Dr Pimple Popper': Sandra Lee likens Leonardo's head bump to 'custard with cream frosting'
Dr Sandra Lee is easily one of the best dermatologists out there, aside from her impressive skill with scalpels and needles, what makes her truly a great doctor is the extra effort that she puts in to make her patients feel as comfortable as possible. Many patients who are featured on Dr Lee's popular show 'Dr Pimple Popper' have a very painful and sad back story that involves discrimination and being made fun of on the basis of their appearance. Dr Lee's new patient Leonardo is no exception.
The latest episode of 'Dr Pimple Popper' featured Leonardo and his sister knocking at Dr Lee's door for help with a fist-sized bump growing on his head. Fans of the show might remember Leonardo from an old episode of 'Dr Pimple Popper: Before the Pop'. The earlier episode featured Leonardo getting a consultation from Dr Lee to determine whether his lump could be safely removed or not. Since 'Before the Pop' was filmed during the pandemic, an in-person consultation wasn't possible, but the latest episode featured Leonardo not only getting an in-person consultation from Dr Lee but also getting surgery to get the bump removed from his head.
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Leonardo's bump has been growing on his head for the past 30 years, and he has suffered greatly due to it. He explained how the bump started off as a pimple-sized growth on his head as a result of a cut. The cut healed well from the outside, but according to Leonardo, it didn't heal from the inside. He also shared how over the years he was bullied and called names because of the growth on his head. His work in the hospitality sector too took a hit due to it. What made Leonardo's case challenging for Dr Lee was his intense fear of doctors.
He revealed on 'Dr Pimple Popper: Before the Pop' that he isn't a fan of someone performing a procedure on his head, and also recounted the times when he fainted while doctors were examining it. His sister shared that Leonardo was reluctant to get his bump examined due to it. Dr Lee explained in the green room interview that she would have to provide him with extra care so that he doesn't feel uncomfortable or is further stressed by it.
As soon as Leonardo got approved for the surgery to get the bump removed from his head, Dr Lee came up with a plan to help him stay and calm during the entire process. She gave him a pipe of nitrous oxide, also popularly known as laughing gas, to help numb his pain. While Leonardo was still awake, Dr Lee began performing the procedure to remove the bump, she kept constantly checking on him to make sure he was alright.
After detaching the bump from his head, she bandaged it so that there wouldn't be any accumulation of fluids like the blood which in turn might lead to hematoma. Robert was so relieved and happy by the end of his surgery that he joked about not being able to see anything on his head. Dr Lee then showed him that bump that was removed and asked him if he would like to touch it. The squishy texture of the bump made him compare it to a brain. Dr Lee took a picture of Leonardo with the bump. His sister too was delighted on seeing it off his head. Dr Lee then proceeded to cut open the bump to examine it.
When Dr Lee made an incision on the bump, a thick gooey substance began oozing out of it. She explained that it was the skin that had been collecting inside, and some of it was liquified. She jokingly compared it to custard with cream frosting. Dr Lee often compares her patient's skin conditions to various food items, so it wasn't a huge surprise when she compared Leonardo's bump to custard with cream frosting. Hopefully, Leonardo feels better and more confident about himself after the bump on his head has left him forever.
You can watch a clip of Leonardo's surgery performed by Dr Sandra Lee on 'Dr Pimple Popper' here
'Dr Pimple Popper' Season 6 airs every Wednesday at 9/8c on TLC.