Viewers love to watch as Dr Pimple Popper oozes puss from various growths, cysts and spots, and the latest story did not disappoint.
A mother who had to wear a hat to hide her orange-sized cyst on her head had it drained of yellow liquid by the dermatologist.
Irais, whose surname is unknown, came to Dr Sandra Lee with what the doctor described as a ‘serious fatty bump on her head’.
It had started as a zit, Irais, who lives in Laguana Hills, California, explained, but had soon grown to almost the same size as her hand.
The huge bump oozed a runny substance when it was cut into, leaving Irais with a lack of self-confidence.
A mother has had her orange-sized cyst on her head has drained of yellow liquid by Dr Pimple Popper in the latest episode
Irais, whose surname is unknown, has had to wear bandannas and hats to cover her growth
Millions of viewers love to watch as Dr Sandra Lee, AKA Dr Pimple Popper, (pictured) oozes puss from various growths, cysts and spots
It had started as a zit, Irais, who lives in Laguana Hills, California, explained, but had soon grown to almost the same size as her hand
The episode was the third in the latest season, titled ‘The Last Unicorn’. It featured three patients all suffering with similar growths.
Spanish-speaking Irias, from Mexico, came to see Dr Lee with her cousin Gil, from Acapulco, who translated her story for the viewers.
‘Like many of us, she is here for the American Dream,’ she said.
But her dreams were being held back by the sack-like bulge on her scalp. Gil said: ‘At first, she thought it was just a zit.
‘It just kept growing and growing. She hasn’t been able to save money to see a doctor because she has to buy the essentials for her young daughters.’
Irais is forced to wear a hat or bandanna to hide the lump, causing serious issues with her self-confidence.
Dr Lee assumes the lump is a pilar cyst because they normally grow on the scalp.
They can occur after a hair follicle has been inflamed, so they are common in acne. They are also hereditary.
The following gruesome scenes showed the bump start to ooze a strange, runny bright-yellow liquid when she sliced into it.
Dr Lee believes the lump was a pilar cyst because they normally grow on the scalp, calling it a ‘serious fatty bump’
The lump starts to ooze out runny yellow liquid when Dr Lee slices into it
Dr Lee manages to remove the full, tumour-like scalp growth
Irais, who came to the US for the ‘American dream’ said her confidence had been effected
WHAT IS A PILAR CYST?
Epidermoid and pilar cysts are common, not cancerous, harmless and not contagious.
Epidermoid cysts affect young and middle aged adults. They can come up after a hair follicle has been inflamed, so they are common in acne.
Pilar cysts affect women more often than men, and tend to come up in middle age.
They run strongly in families, being inherited as an autosomal dominant trait – which means that there is a 1 in 2 chance that each child of an affected parent will inherit the condition.
Both types grow slowly. Some become infected. They may then discharge cheesy foul-smelling pus.
They are round, sometimes dome-shaped bumps, lying just under the skin surface.
A small dark plug is often present, through which it may be possible to squeeze out the contents.
The cysts range in size from those that are smaller than a pea to those that are several centimeters across.
Source: British Association of Dermatologists
Dr Lee managed to remove the full, tumour-like growth, and was delighted Irais’ head returned to normal.
Irais, who was overcome with emotion, said: ‘I want to show off my hair because now I am pretty.’
Dr Lee began documenting her procedures on social media, and soon gained popularity as millions of viewers found satisfaction in the popping.
This series, on TLC, has shown some of the most extreme cases, with Dr Lee performing on the largest cyst she has ever seen in episode two.
American exotic dancer Yamileth, 22, showed the dermatologist a large itchy bump on her collarbone, ‘the size of an avocado’, which had been there since she was 10.
Yamileth revealed that it had prevented her from pursuing her dreams of becoming a backing dancer and saw her bullied at school.
She said: ‘It has really affected me and my studies.’
In a shocking clip, Dr Lee sliced into the cyst before it releases a stream of thick, yellow puss.
‘I’ve never seen anything like this,’ exclaims the pimple popper, as it continues to ooze out. ‘It’s like chives.’
Yamileth, from the US, appeared on Dr Pimple Popper with a large itchy cyst on her collarbone, which has prevented her from pursuing her dreams of becoming a backing dancer
Before: In emotional scenes, Yamileth explains how she got bullied: ‘This kid would say ‘argh that’s nasty. That’s disgusting’
Yamileth was thrilled when she looked in the mirror and thanked Dr Lee for changing her life and making her feel ‘unstoppable’