Watch Dr. Pimple Popper Squeeze Out a 'Bendy Straw' Cyst

Katie Dupere
Photo credit: Jonathan Knowles - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jonathan Knowles - Getty Images

From Men's Health

  • In a new Instagram video, Dr. Pimple Popper tackles a cyst located right behind a patient’s ear.

  • Dr. Lee uses a surgical punch tool to pop out a straw-like tube of contents from the cyst.

  • The growth featured in this video is likely an epidermoid cyst, which is filled with wet dead skin cells and keratin.

In a new Instagram video, Dr. Pimple Popper—aka dermatologist and TLC host Dr. Sandra Lee, MD—tackles a cyst located right behind a patient’s ear. And this thing looks like a bendy straw when snaking out of its home.

In the clip, Dr. Lee uses a surgical punch to excise a small circle of tissue from the center of the cyst. With a firm squeeze, a tube of straw-like cyst contents comes snaking out in a satisfying fashion. Once the tube of contents is removed, Dr. Lee then digs into the hole to excise the cyst’s sac. Removing the sac virtually guarantees the cyst will not return, which is the ultimate goal here.

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 growth featured in this video is likely an epidermoid cyst, which is filled with skin cells and keratin. Epidermoid cysts commonly occurs on the face, neck, and back. Besides often being cosmetically undesirable, epidermoid cysts can be easily irritated and tender, making removal an appealing option.

Watch the one-two punch below:

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