Watch Dr. Pimple Popper Pull Out a Stuck 'Chewed Gum' Cheek Cyst

Katie Dupere
Photo credit: Mathias Genterczewsky / EyeEm - Getty Images
Photo credit: Mathias Genterczewsky / EyeEm - Getty Images

From Men's Health

  • In a new Instagram video, Dr. Pimple Popper pops a cheek cyst using a punch tool.

  • In a previous video, Dr. Lee explained she uses a surgical punch for cysts embedded deeply under the skin

  • The cyst is likely an epidermoid cyst, which usually contains a collection of wet dead skin cells and keratin.

In a new Instagram video, Dr. Pimple Popper—aka dermatologist and TLC host Dr. Sandra Lee, MD—pops a cheek cyst using a punch tool. And the resulting mangled mass looks something like a piece of aggressively chewed gum.

In the clip, Dr. Lee uses the punch tool to make a round incision right on top of the cyst, making it easier to reach the deeply embedded mass. She then uses tweezers and surgical scissors to dig out the growth, snipping it away from internal structures. It’s a stubborn one, looking something like a piece of stuck chewed gum.

In the comments of clips like this, some fans express distain for the type of tool used, claiming it looks too gruesome or harsh. But Dr. Lee explained in a previous video why she sometimes uses this punch-like tool for removals.

“If it is smaller and deeper under the skin, I use the punch,” she said. “For bigger pops, I use the scalpel. At the end of the day, I want to make sure that I can create the cleanest suture and the smallest, if any, scar for that area.”

The cyst featured in this video is an epidermoid cyst, which usually contains a collection of wet dead skin cells and keratin. Epidermoid cysts often occur on the face, neck, and body, which includes the back.

Watch the pop below:

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