- In a new YouTube video, Dr. Pimple Popper treats the nose of a man with rhinophyma, peeling off “bacon bit-like pieces" of skin with a hot surgical loop.
- Dr. Lee says the patient was extremely nervous about the procedure, so she used laughing gas to relax him.
- Rhinophyma is an especially severe form of rosacea resulting in skin thickening on the nose
In a new YouTube video, Dr. Pimple Popper — aka, dermatologist and TLC host Dr. Sandra Lee, MD — treats the nose of a man with rhinophyma, peeling off “bacon bit-like pieces” of skin with a hot surgical tool. The seemingly gruesome removal method is actually startlingly effective, giving the patient a totally new nose.
Dr. Lee says the patient was extremely nervous about the procedure, so she used Pro-Nox, also known as nitrous oxide or laughing gas, to relax him. During the procedure, Dr. Lee uses a heated loop cautery tool to shave off excess skin on the patient’s nose. The surgical tool both removes tissue and caurterizes blood vessels in one motion. Her assistant can been seen using a vacuum-like device to cool the area during the procedure.
During the procedure, the patient’s wife asks Dr. Lee how she can tell what is excess skin and what is rhinophyma. The famed dermatologist responds that you “don’t always know,” but that the excess skin just looks a little different. In caption commentary on the video, she describes it as like “chewing gum that you just stick to the nose.”
After the procedure, the patient looks at his new nose in the mirror, which is considerably shaved down. His wife comments that he looks “totally different,” while the patient marvels at how symmetrical his nose now is.
Rhinophyma, according to the National Institutes of Health, is an especially severe form of rosacea resulting in a “bulbous, cosmetic nasal deformity,” or skin thickening on the nose. Besides being cosmetically undesirable for some patients, severe rhinophyma can also block the nasal passages, making breathing difficult. Contrary to myth, rhinophyma is not caused by alcohol use and abuse.
Watch the crunchy bacon removal below:
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