• Season 3 of Dr. Pimple Popper premiered on TLC Thursday night.
• On Twitter, its star—Dr. Sandra Lee, MD—shared some behind-the-scenes photos and videos.
• Get a behind-the-scenes look at Jennifer’s keloids, Juliet’s steatocystomas, and Gerald’s finger growth.
Rejoice! Dr. Pimple Popper is back! Season 3 of the horrifying-yet-strangely-addictive show premiered on TLC Thursday night, and viewers got to see Dr. Sandra Lee, MD tackle some pretty gnarly skin conditions.
Throughout the hour-long episode, Lee treated a patient named Jennifer with huge keloids on her ears from piercings-gone-wrong, and a patient named Juliet with steatocystomas and eruptive vellus hair cysts on her neck and clavicle area. She also met a patient named Gerald with a shockingly-large growth on his left middle finger, but she wasn’t able to help him—at least, not in the span of the first episode.
Amid all the Twitter fanfare around the season 3 premiere, the show’s star was tweeting some reactions of her own. Lee live-tweeted the episode, and shared some behind-the-scenes photos of all the blood- and pus-filled action.
Here’s what Jennifer’s left ear looked like after Lee removed the keloids. (On this side, Lee was forced to remove more of the patient’s normal ear than she expected. She ended up doing a skin graft to help restore its old shape.)
And here’s a video of the keloids after Lee removed them. “I think it’s important to let a patient hold whatever I remove from them (if they want),” Lee tweeted. “It’s kind of like you take back ownership of your body. Keloids, you don’t OWN me!”
Here’s Jennifer looking happy post-keloid removal.
And here’s a photo of Jennifer’s keloids on a scale. They weighed nearly 14 ounces altogether!
After Jennifer, we met Juliet—the patient with steatocystomas and eruptive vellus hair cysts on her neck and clavicle. Here’s a photo of some of the sebum Lee extracted from the steatocystomas (which Juliet pronounced as “Seattle-Tacomas,” of course).
In another tweet, Lee shared a microscopic video of the inside of one of Juliet’s cysts. “SCIENCE. IS. COOL. You can see tiny hairs wound up within these steatocystomas and eruptive vellus hair cysts,” she wrote.
And finally, there was Gerald, who had a massive growth on his left middle finger. The episode ended without Gerald getting help, but on Twitter, Lee offered some insight on his condition.
“His healthy nail indicated to me that this growth is not really invasive, but there are lots of fine nerves and blood vessels in this area reallyyyy close by,” Lee wrote in a photo.
Dr. Pimple Popper airs Thursday at 9/8c on TLC.