'Dr Pimple Popper' Season 8: Dr Lee helps Dwayne regain confidence by removing his nose bumps
Dwayne wants the bumps on his nose to be removed, but he might not be able to endure the painful treatment
UPLAND, CALIFORNIA: What happens when you can't handle the pain of the needle that is used to ensure you don't feel any more pain? That's the case of a man with Trypanophobia and nose bumps who visits Dr Sandra Lee for help.
Dwayne, 40, of Floral City, Florida, has bumps on his face. The bumps around his nose vary in size and aren't always squishy. He can feel it dragging on his skin as it grows, which is incredibly bothersome to live with. He saw the first lump when he was 21 years old. These bumps are inherited because both his mother and grandmother have them. The doctor verified trichoepithelioma after a biopsy, but he stated that removing it might cause more to grow over time, so Dwayne never pursued it.
Dwayne has always wanted to get rid of the bumps on his face, so he can walk out in public without worrying about what people think of him. Dr Lee believes he has trichoepithelioma based on the placement of the bumps. When Dwayne expresses his anxiety about them returning after removal, Dr Lee reminds him that there is never a 100% guarantee that they will not return. Upon closer inspection, Dr Lee informs Dwayne that trichoepithelioma occurs in concave areas, but that it does not require sutures because it cures on its own. According to Dr Lee, Dwayne has multiple trichoepitheliomas, so many that they're growing on top of one other. Dr Lee believes that because they are confined to one area, a single treatment might benefit him.
To make matters worse, Dwayne is frightened of needles, so the numbing procedure takes longer than intended. Dr Lee is able to numb the spots after a second try. Dr Lee then resculpts the nose and mouth region using her loop cautery tool. She begins with a little area to examine how it looks. Dr Lee wants the region to seem as natural as possible. Given the sensitive nature of the procedure, Dr Lee attempts to dig deep enough to remove all of the trichoepitheliomas but does not go so far as to leave him with skin dips. Dr Lee moves on to the next side, checking that it matches the prior one. She tries to be precise because if she does too little, Dwayne will have some bumpiness there, but if she does too much, he will receive the same amount of attention as he does now since he will have a huge conspicuous indented scar.
Dwayne no longer feels the need to hide from the public after visiting Dr Lee. With the lumps gone, his skin seems less weird.
'Dr Pimple Popper' Season 8 airs on TLC every Wednesday at 9 pm.