• In a new Instagram video, Dr. Pimple Popper removes a large cyst that she compares to a “stuffed olive.”
• During the procedure, Dr. Lee removes the cyst’s sac wall, a step that helps reduce the odds that the cyst will return.
• Cysts are often filled with sebum, a yellow, oil-like substance that helps lubricate the hair, skin, and nails.
It might be hard for fans of TLC’s Dr. Pimple Popper to realize this, but not everyone is thrilled by the sight of the doctor’s frequent blackhead extractions, lipoma removals, and cyst pops. In fact, in her newest Instagram video, Dr. Pimple Popper—aka, dermatologist Dr. Sandra Lee, MD—deals with one such squeamish patient, who struggles to watch as she tackles what appears to be a large cyst located on the man’s arm. (In the post’s caption, she colorfully draws a comparison to a “stuffed olive.”)
“There’s our cyst,” she says, moments after carefully snipping away the sac wall using a pair of tweezers, a move that helps lower the risk of the cyst regrowing. She then proceeds to clean it out—much to the patient’s disgust—with a tight squeeze, secreting a thick white gunk that is likely a form of sebum, a type of oil that helps coat the hair, skin, and nails, according to Healthline.
And just in case—unlike Dr. Pimple Popper’s patient—you can’t wait until tomorrow night for more, we’ve got you covered.
Season 3 of TLC’s Dr. Pimple Popper airs on Thursday nights at 9/8 central.