'Dr Pimple Popper' Season 8: Dr Lee helps Jessica to come out of her shell amid menacing surgery

Jessica doesn't want to live in hiding any longer despite the fact that Dr Lee could find it unsafe to remove the cyst as it is close to her eye

'Dr Pimple Popper' Season 8: Dr Lee helps Jessica to come out of her shell amid menacing surgery
Dr Sandra Lee's patient, Jessica in 'Dr Pimple Popper' Season 8 (TLC)
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UPLAND, CALIFORNIA: Dr Sandra Lee encounters a woman who has been hiding because of a lump on her face. The woman requests Dr Lee's assistance in having the cyst beneath her eye removed so that she may spend more time with her grandchildren.

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Jessica, 40, who is a resident of Bullhead City, Arizona, has a lump beneath her left eye. It's approximately an inch away from her face. It's both soft and firm, like a stale marshmallow (as compared to Jessica). Except when she touches it or attempts to move it, it is not painful for her - almost as if it is bruised. Not only is she in discomfort, but the lump also obscures her eyesight when she attempts to gaze down.

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Jessica's bump started in 2008 when she was assaulted in the face with a pistol. At that moment, the entire side of her face became black, and when it healed, it began to develop a bulge. Jessica claims that it has grown significantly in size over the last two years. She admits to having attempted to mend it before, but something hindered her from doing so. She was even involved in an automobile accident on her way to the doctor's office. Furthermore, she approaches Dr Lee for a lasting solution now that the lump on her face has prevented her from meeting her grandchildren.

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Dr Sandra Lee examining her patient, Jessica in 'Dr Pimple Popper' Season 8 (TLC)
Dr Sandra Lee examining her patient, Jessica in 'Dr Pimple Popper' Season 8 (TLC)

Jessica is concerned because of the position of the lump on her face and its closeness to her eye. She goes to Dr Lee in the hopes that she may help her get rid of it. Jessica informed Dr Lee that the lump ruptured once beneath the surface, but when it returned, it came back with a vengeance. When it ruptured, it flattened, leading her to believe it was gone, only to have it grow back in a few weeks. Dr Lee notes that she suspects the lump is a ruptured cyst, but because it was never actually exposed to the surface, Jessica didn't get any bacteria involved, so it formed a sterile inflammation, which helps it grow again. Cysts frequently have a wall, thus even if the cyst pops, the wall remains and the cyst fills up again. Dr Lee is concerned about how close it is to her eye, despite the fact that it is squishy and moves about readily. Dr Lee informs Jessica about the dangers involved before proceeding. The cyst is really close to several of her nerves and muscles in the region. In other words, the doctor is taking a risk by removing it, since she may experience diminished sensation in the region. The orbicularis oculi muscle, which permits you to open and close your eyes, may also be damaged as a result of the procedure. Dr Lee goes over all the dangers with Jessica, who is debating whether to have the operation. For someone anxious to reclaim her life, she agrees to the treatment.

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Dr Sandra Lee performing a surgery on Jessica in 'Dr Pimple Popper' Season 8 (TLC)
Dr Sandra Lee performing a surgery on Jessica in 'Dr Pimple Popper' Season 8 (TLC)

Dr Lee performs an incision after numbing the region to discover that it is an epidermoid cyst. Even though these are noncancerous tiny lumps beneath the skin, Jessica could lose mobility around her eye, so Dr Lee must continue with caution. Jessica could immediately feel the change on her face after squeezing the substance out, making her emotional mid-surgery. Dr Lee instructs Jessica to open her eyes to see if she has complete control over her eye muscles. The doctor then continues to remove the cyst sac, which requires great accuracy, patience, and care. Once the cyst is completely removed, Dr Lee sutures it up while designing the scar such that it is covered in a natural transition region. This will assist to draw the scar away from the eye, while also making it less visible.

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Before and After Jessica's surgery in 'Dr Pimple Popper' Season 8 (TLC)
Before and After Jessica's surgery in 'Dr Pimple Popper' Season 8 (TLC)

Jessica's eye looks fantastic four months after surgery. She appears to be more beautiful and joyful than before. Jessica is overjoyed and eager to spend more time with her family and friends.

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'Dr Pimple Popper' Season 8 airs on TLC every Wednesday at 9 pm.

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