Every week on Dr. Pimple Popper , dermatologist Sandra Lee, MD, meets with men and women suffering from rare, often confidence-crushing skin conditions. The boils they carry are massive. The cysts are bubbling up to balloon-sized. But it’s the people underneath the incredible lumps and growths that make the show worth watching. Just cover your eyes through the pus-filled eruptions, if you must.
This week on Dr. Pimple Popper, the cosmetic dermatologist extraordinaire deals with some of the most unusual growths we’ve ever seen on the show — and loyal fans know that’s saying a lot. From a woman with a long, curved horn growing out of the back of her head to teenage brothers with matching mystery body lumps, it’s a full hour of drama and medical marvels. Read on for the details on everything that went down…
Case #1: Lisa
On a tree-lined path in Litchfield, New Hampshire, we meet 34-year-old Lisa, who has a quite peculiar horn-like mass growing on the back of her head. “It started growing about a year ago, and it gets a little longer every day,” Lisa says. “I don’t want anyone to see it, so I wear my hair up. It hurts, especially if I bump it against anything, but more than anything, it makes me feel gross. Like, who has a horn growing out of their head?”
Lisa has been engaged to her fiancé for over a year now, but she has been putting off the wedding because of her lump. “I want to feel my best on my wedding day,” she says. “But when I’m standing with my back to my friends and family, I feel like the first thing they’ll see is this big horn.” Plus, with a family history of cancer, she’s concerned about what the doctor might find. So, a very emotional Lisa heads to California to see Dr. Lee, in hopes of figuring out what’s really causing her horn and to hopefully get it removed.
After listening to Lisa’s story and feeling around her fingernail-like growth, Dr. Lee is fairly confident that it’s a rare form of pilar cyst, called a cutaneous horn. “I’ve seen a few cutaneous horns before, but nothing this big,” Dr. Lee says. “I can’t be exactly sure that’s what it is. It could be the angriest form of a cutaneous horn I’ve ever seen, or it could be a form of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma, which presents similarly.”
Lisa’s surgery is surprisingly quick, because Dr. Lee is able to jiggle and yank the crusty horn right off Lisa’s head — it’s hard and dry, almost like a knobby, dilated pore of Winer (remember that ancient ear blackhead?). After the extraction, Dr. Lee digs underneath the exposed hole in Lisa’s head, just to make sure nothing suspicious is hiding under the skin, before she sews Lisa up. After the surgery, all signs of Lisa’s horn are gone, and all that’s left to do is wait for the definitive pathology results …read more