Dr. Pimple Popper Squeezes ‘Mashed Potatoes’ from a Giant Cyst

By | July 8, 2019
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• In a new Instagram video, Dr. Pimple Popper cuts into and drains a large cyst.
• She also cuts away the sac wall, which helps prevent the cyst from returning.
• Most of the time, cysts are benign and don’t always need to be removed.


After spending Independence Day weekend celebrating some of her most memorable cyst pops to date, Dr. Pimple Popper returned to business on Monday with a classic cyst extraction. In the new Instagram video, Dr. Pimple Popper—aka, dermatologist and TLC host Dr. Sandra Lee, MD—skips her usual helpful commentary in favor of a soaring orchestral backdrop, as she squeezes the seemingly never-ending innards out of what appears to be a large epidermoid cyst.

These types of cysts can form for all kinds of reasons, according to MedicalNewsToday, and thankfully, they’re almost always benign and harmless. Most often, the formation is due to a duct or a pore that’s become clogged with oil or dead skin cells. In many cases, patients can safely leave them untreated, and they’ll go away on their own. In more rare cases where a cyst suddenly grows in size, they’re relatively easy for a dermatologist to treat during a brief in-patient procedure. While Dr. Pimple Popper always makes it look easy, however, it’s rarely a good idea to try and pop one on your own.

And if you’re eager for even more in-depth segments from Dr. Pimple Popper, you’re in luck: Her TLC show returns to the air on July 11.

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