If you can't get enough of Dr. Pimple Popper's buttery steatocystoma videos , then you're reeeeeally going to like what the season three premiere of her TLC show has in store.
On Thursday night's premiere episode, Dr. Sandra Lee, MD meets with Juliet, 51, a single mom who wants to get out and meet people...but is held back by the bumps that cover her neck and clavicle area. They range from pea- to golfball-sized, and she's had them since her early 20s; past dermatologists have said there's nothing she can possibly do about them.
The bumps are affecting Juliet's ability to live her life comfortably-like at her hair salon, where we see a kid ask her, "What's on your neck?"
"When people notice, it just makes me feel self conscious, and the more people ask, the more I go into my shell, I guess," Juliet says.
Her ex's cruel comments made her confidence problems even worse. In one scene, we see Juliet telling her mom, "My ex used to say, 'You're lucky I'm with you. No one else would want to be with you.' He said that over and over and over again for several years."
Juliet decides to travel from Washington to California to meet with Lee. "When I look at these bumps, I remember horrible times that Ive had in my life. I'm hoping that Dr. Lee can remove all these old memories, and it will help me create new ones."
View this post on Instagram What have we got here? I bet many of you popaholics know and cant WAIT to see the great POPS... youll see this patient and hear her story on the Dr Pimple Popper SEASON PREMIERE IN TWO DAYS! Thursday, @tlc 9/8c ! #drpimplepopper #popaholicsunite #oddlysatisfying A post shared by Sandra Lee, MD, FAAD, FAACS (@drpimplepopper) on Jul 9, 2019 at 6:58pm PDT
The diagnosis: Lee recognizes Juliet's bumps as steatocystomas, which are noncancerous cysts filled with sebum, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine . (Sebum is the oily stuff that keeps our skin and hair lubricated.) Lee also notices that Juliet has eruptive vellus hair cysts , which are rare growths filled with coiled-up hair.
The treatment: Lee is no stranger to steatocystomas , but some of Juliet's worry her because they're situated close to her veins. "I have to be very precise," Lee says.
She makes a nick in the first bump, and its buttery contents ooze out right away. So satisfying! "They are really pretty ones," Lee says as she squeezes. "Like you would squeeze out some beautiful hand soap or moisturizer into your hand." (Gotta love Lee's passion for her work!)
Lee works her way around Juliet's neck, squeezing heaps of sebum out of the steatocystomas. Finally, she goes in for the biggie, and holy crap, the amount that comes out is...simply divine. And she pulls it all off without hitting the vein! She also removes the eruptive vellus hair cysts, then smushes them under a microscope so Juliet can see the coiled-up hair inside.
"Dr. Lee changed 25 years of my life like that, and just made everything so much better," Juliet says. "My ex can't hurt me anymore. I'm back." Then she does a happy dance. "There's my little dance," she adds.
The follow-up: Six weeks after the procedure, Juliet loves her new neck. She has so much more confidence-and the kids at the salon aren't gawking at her anymore, either.
Damn, this show brings the massive pops-and all the feelings.
Also on the premiere episode of the season, Lee meets a patient named Jennifer with massive keloids on her ears , and another named Gerald with a large growth on his left middle finger. Dr. Pimple Popper airs Thursdays at 9/8c on TLC.