‘Dr Pimple Popper’: Terry turns to Dr Sandra Lee for help with his rhinophyma

Terry began to notice the growth on his nose about 7 years ago but didn’t look too much into it and Dr Pimple Popper is here to help

                            ‘Dr Pimple Popper’: Terry turns to Dr Sandra Lee for help with his rhinophyma
Terry in 'Dr Pimple Popper' (TLC)

Terry has had a major case of rhinophyma for the major part of his life, causing him severe discomfort in the smallest of everyday tasks. Rhinophyma is a skin disorder that causes severe inflammation/enlargement of the nose, due to untreated rosacea.

For the most part, he has not got any sleep in years together. Breathing seems doable during the day but when it’s night, Terry finds himself gasping for air in the middle of the night. He even has to hold up his nose to take in air! Every time he falls asleep, he wakes up gasping, not knowing what to do.


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He seems to have difficulty eating as well, and is constantly gawked at by strangers. Due to his condition, his family has shunned him, being reluctant to meet up. In short, his life’s burden is his nose. Whie Terry didn’t know what his condition was at first, he was once prescribed a cream for his nose which did nothing and since then, he is uncomfortable seeing a doctor. As a last resort, he consults Dr Sandra Lee (aka ‘Dr Pimple Popper’) to look into his skin disorder.

She takes a look at his nose, asks a few follow-up questions and proceeds with Terry’s treatment right away. Dr Lee starts off by injecting numbing cream into the large, open pores on his nose (which are plentiful) and uses an apparatus to carefully eradicate the excess oil and tissues, in chunks (built up over the years). Not going to lie, the whole process isn’t pretty but looks similar to slicing a block of cheese. A little into the procedure, Terry points out that he has begun to feel lighter and therefore, a little relieved as well. She continues to pull out gunk, burn the bigger chunks and slice them off one after the other. 

A still of Dr Sandra Lee, popularly known as Dr Pimple Popper in the famous reality tv show 'Dr Pimple Popper' (Getty Images)

With this being Terry’s very first appointment with Dr Lee, she took it rather slow with the process and couldn’t finish his treatment. However, Dr Lee will schedule a couple more sittings with Terry to finish up his nose rather neatly. Looks like we’ll definitely get to see Terry and his new nose soon!

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Disclaimer : This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.