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Dr Pimple Popper ‘COOKS’ giant lump of fat lodged in patient’s armpit – like bacon


JUST when you think the ops couldn’t get any more bizarre, Dr Pimple Popper burns away a patient’s armpit fat “like bacon”.

On the latest episode of her new TV show Dr Sandra Lee meets a mum who is planning to call off her wedding because she is too embarrassed about the lump under her right arm.

 Nicole was too embarrassed to wear her wedding dress because of the lump

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Nicole was too embarrassed to wear her wedding dress because of the lump
 The lump developed 11 years ago after Nicole had her daughter Emma

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The lump developed 11 years ago after Nicole had her daughter Emma
 Dr Pimple Popper used heat to slice away and melt the fat

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Dr Pimple Popper used heat to slice away and melt the fat

Nicole, from Oregon in the US, said the bulge appeared when her daughter Emma was a baby, but doctors thought it was breast milk migration that would naturally drain on its own.

But 11 years on it’s still there and Nicole is too embarrassed to wear a strapless wedding dress.

Dr Lee admitted she was nervous about the operation because the lump is so close to the brachial plexus, a network of nerves around the collarbone area, which could cause permanent damage if they are cut.

“Nicole’s operation could be tricky, Dr Lee numbs the armpit area before carefully slicing into the skin,” she said.

 Dr Sandra Lee was worried about how close the far lump sat to nerves in Nicole's arm

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Dr Sandra Lee was worried about how close the far lump sat to nerves in Nicole’s arm

As the slices into the lump bloody fat immediately bulges out from the incision.

Dr Lee uses scissors to snip away some of Nicole’s skin to get a better look at the mysterious tissue.

She uses an electric cautery device to help control the bleeding as she burns away and shapes the fatty tissue.

“The same way raw bacon sizzles and shrivels when it hits the heat, that’s what is happening to Nicole’s armpit fat,” she said.

 After the op Nicole was able to fit into her strapless wedding dress

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After the op Nicole was able to fit into her strapless wedding dress
 The lump is no longer visible thanks to Dr Pimple Popper's handy work

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The lump is no longer visible thanks to Dr Pimple Popper’s handy work

After the op, Nicole was left completely lump-free and confident enough to find her perfect wedding dress.

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Lumps of fat like this are often caused by a lipoma – a benign, fatty lump that grows under the skin.

They are non-cancerous and are caused by an overgrowth of fat cells.

They grow very slowly and don’t usually cause any problems.

Lipomas don’t usually need to be removed unless they’re causing problems, such as pain, or if there’s uncertainty about whether it’s a lipoma.

However it can be removed if it is large or is in an obvious place and is affecting your self-esteem.

You should always see your GP if you develop a growth or swelling on your body.


 

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