• In a new video, Dr. Pimple Popper starts removing lipomas from a patient worried about pain and sensation from the surgery.
• Dr. Pimple Popper pulls out a chicken nugget-sized mass in her first extraction of the lipomas that line the man’s arm.
• A lipoma is a benign tumor that grows slowly over a period of years due to an overgrowth of fat cells and can lead to soft, movable bubbles of soft fat beneath the skin.
“What’s all the noises for?,” an exasperated Dr. Pimple Popper asks an anesthetized lipoma patient in an exchange that fills her new Instagram video.
“Am I going to feel this?” the man asks before Dr. Pimple Popper—aka, dermatologist and TLC host Dr. Sandra Lee, MD, makes her first incision into one of the bumps on his arm.
“No!” she retorts. “Are you feeling anything sharp or uncomfortable? Maybe that’s why they knocked you out the last time; because they knew they had to!”
We’re perhaps siding with the patient on this one. The video shows his entire arm with marker lines on bumpy spots. Lee, with the help of an assistant, eventually wrestles a chicken nugget-sized formation of loose fat out of the man’s arm. And that’s just the first one. Anesthesia or no, that’s gotta feel weird.
A lipoma is a benign tumor under the skin that occurs due to an overgrowth of fat cells. The unsightly bumps tend to appear on the shoulders, chest, trunk, neck, thighs, and armpits. Lipomas are soft and may move under the skin when pressed upon. They grow slowly over months or years and typically reach a size of about 2 or 3 centimeters. Doctors do not know the cause of them but some evidence exists that they are genetic. High cholesterol and unhealthy eating may contribute.
Speaking of indulgent habits, Dr. Pimple Popper informs us, “He just told us he had some vodka before this!” Drink up, guy who has lived with bubbly-muscled arms. You deserve it.