• In her newest Instagram video, Dr. Pimple Popper removes a pair of lipomas from a patient’s back and shoulder.
• Lipomas are fatty growths that tend to emerge between the skin and the underlying layer of muscle.
• They’re typically benign, and don’t always need to be removed.
In her newest Instagram video, Dr. Pimple Popper—aka, dermatologist and TLC host Dr. Sandra Lee, MD—removes a pair of lipoma “nuggets” from a patient’s body. In the clip, Dr. Lee uses a scalpel to make a small incision before digging in to cut the growths free with her tweezers and surgical scissors.
Lipomas, according to Medical News Today, are benign, fatty tumors that tend to be situated between the skin and the underlying layer of muscle. (This is one reason they’re able to shift slightly under the skin—or why they’re “more mobile” as Dr. Pimple Popper puts it in the video.) Lipomas are also relatively common, affecting as many as 3 million people every year and mostly cropping up among middle age adults.
While lipomas don’t always require a dermatologist like Dr. Lee to intervene—some people simply choose to live with them—many opt for the procedure when they suddenly grow in size or become otherwise burdensome. And in this case, Dr. Lee manages to free them with no more than a couple of quick squeezes. Another satisfied patient.
Watch the video here:
Season 3 of Dr. Pimple Popper will return to TLC later this year.