Dermatologist Sandra Lee, MD, a.k.a. Dr. Pimple Popper was in for a surprise with her new patient, Yami.
Yami had a seriously massive lump that sat right above her clavicle—and Dr. P wasn't quite sure whether it would turn out to be a lipoma or a cyst.
Upon incision, it was immediately clear that it was no lipoma. The cyst just came gushing out!
When my girl Dermatologist Sandra Lee, MD, a.k.a. Dr. Pimple Popper says she’s “never seen” a cyst quite like this one before, best believe I am all ears!
In a two-part Dr. Pimple Popper Instagram special, Dr. P gets down and dirty to help a patient with a massive lump on her neck.
Yamileth, who goes by Yami, was super nervous waiting in the doctor’s office, to have surgery on a lump on her clavicle. “[When it’s gone] I’m going to have more confidence,” Yami said. “I’m going to feel a lot better about myself.” YGG!
Yami said she’d had the lump since around age 10—and it has grown bigger and bigger since then. Dr. P was honest. The bump was in a precarious position: right next to her neck. But that did not deter our pimple-popping queen!
Once the procedure started, Yami started to panic, saying she didn’t want to die. And it broke my heart! But I knew she was in safe hands. I would truly trust Dr. P with my life.
To calm Yami's nerves, the doctor tried what she called "talkesthesia," where she asks a lot of open-ended questions to get her patients to relax. Once Yami started talking about her first date with a man who “looked like a spoon” (I love this girl) she started to relax and the work began!
Though Dr. P thought this lump was a lipoma (i.e. a fatty growth underneath the skin), she changed her stance after the first slice. “I lost my bet!” she told Yami. “It’s a cyst.”
And then, just WOW. After barely a squeeze, Yami’s cyst started pouring out a mashed potato-like substance with flecks Dr. P called “chives.” Excuse me while I lose my lunch. After a few minutes, and what looks like dozens of pieces of gauze, the cyst was drained and Yami was stitched up.
“I feel like a new person...I looked at the mirror for the first time and I saw a new person in me—a new confidence,” she said. “You changed my life. Thank you.”
I love a happy ending—even if it involves a cyst that looks like “grits and chives,” in the words of the almighty Dr. P!
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