'Dr Pimple Popper' Season 8: Michael meets Dr Lee to get rid of his 22-year-old cyst on his head
Even those who can't stand the term "pus" will find it difficult not to grin while watching 'Dr Pimple Popper,' TLC's long-awaited — dermatological makeover series. On the season premiere of the TLC medical series tonight, July 13, viewers were treated to the sight of pus oozing from a golf-sized cyst.
Every week, dermatologist Sandra Lee, MD (aka Dr Pimple Popper) deals with men and women who have unusual, often self-defeating skin disorders. The boils they carry are enormous. The cysts are growing to the size of a balloon. The individuals beneath the extraordinary bumps and growths, though, are what make the show worth watching. The first episode of Season 8 featured a funny guy from Texas with a bump on his head.
Dr Lee's final patient of the premiere was Michael from Fort Worth, Texas. He's seeing Dr Lee because he's had a peach-sized lump on his head for 22 years. Michael became aware of the growth after banging his head, which he believes caused it to develop. He sought medical attention for it approximately 15 years ago and was directed to a dermatologist. Sadly, due to his dread of needles, he never followed up. Michael is ready to confront his anxieties with Dr Lee and get the lump removed after receiving a reality check from his sister. This extraction, while not a blackhead removal, did delight 'Dr Pimple Popper' fans.
When he takes off his camo bucket hat at Dr Lee's, the spherical cyst is adorned in its own small fedora. "This is the cutest cyst with the cutest little fedora," Dr Lee said. While Michael noted that most people shudder or express concern when they see his bump, Dr Lee exclaimed in delight. "He doesn't take his hat off!" Michael makes a joke. Dr Lee instantly recognizes the cyst as a pilar cyst, a kind she is familiar with. The doctor claims she won't know for sure until she removes it, but it feels that way. There is some hair loss around the cyst, which the doctor compares to an inflated balloon "because it's filling with contents."
Michael is ready to rid himself of it. "Michael is such a fun-loving, wonderful guy, but I do think that it's time for this bump to take its final bow," Dr Lee adds. The surgery, however, will be challenging. Because the cyst has been growing for years, there is a lot of extra skin covering it. How will she get the additional skin to rest flat on his scalp? Dr Lee seems puzzled. Dr Pimple Popper, on the other hand, relishes a challenge. "We're gonna have some fun!" she exclaims to Michael. "And hopefully, we'll be able to take this off successfully without any issues." Michael recalled his previous experience with the cyst. He's had his hump for 20 years and is eager to get rid of it. I'm anxious to go into this procedure. I'm excited, scared, I'm everything. I'm all of it at one time."
When dealing with a trypanophobic like Michael, Dr Lee takes extra precautions. She numbs the region in order to open up the skin and remove the cyst. She creates an even larger incision since she knows she will have to remove a lot of the excess skin, so she can extract the entire cyst at once. Dr Lee eventually gets it out solid after some difficulty. Then she attempts to seal the region properly and reposition the skin, since the doctor wants to keep the rotation of the hair the same while also removing any obvious lumps. Michael's bulge was completely gone two months after surgery.
'Dr Pimple Popper' Season 8 airs on TLC every Wednesday at 9 pm.