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, 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.
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 left completely lump-free and confident enough to find her perfect wedding dress.
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.
Lipomas can grow anywhere on the body, but are most common on the shoulders, neck, chest, arms, back, bum and thighs.
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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