A mother-of-two who was left feeling ‘like a freak’ after developing disfiguring bumps in her arms, sought the help of dermatological surgeon Dr. Sandra Lee to have a staggering number of benign tumors removed.
In a recent episode of LA-based Dr. Lee’s TLC reality show Dr. Pimple Popper, mother-of-two April, 45, who has a hereditary condition known as familial multiple lipomatosis, undergoes surgery to remove the 68 lipomas that covered her arms.
‘This is an absolute record for me,’ said Dr. Lee as she began operating on the tumors. ‘I’ve never removed this many lipomas from a person in one sitting. My fingers are numb.’
Shocking: In a recent episode of TLC show Dr. Pimple Popper, April, 45, seeks Dr. Sandra Lee’s help in removing a staggering 68 benign tumors from her arms
Dr. Lee removed what she called ‘a butt’ from the mother-of-two, who has a condition called familial multiple lipomatosis – and has a 50 per cent chance of passing it down to her children
Dr. Sandra Lee, AKA Dr. Pimple Popper, said she had never removed so many lipomas from a person in one sitting
And viewers took to Twitter to express that they were just as shocked with what they were witnessing.
One wrote, ‘Sat watching Dr Pimple Popper with my mam. She’s absolutely loving it and I’m trying my best now to throw up,’ while another penned:
‘It’s alright @dan_htfc and his obsession with Dr Pimple popper has put me off my biscuits.’
Someone else added: ‘Dr Pimple Popper on TLC…OMG,’ followed by a queasy emoji.
On the show, April told how she was just seventeen years old when she found her first lump, and after her first pregnancy. they just kept on coming.
‘When I look down at my arms, I feel like a freak,’ she explained.
Some viewers were put off their food after witnessing Dr. Lee removing April’s lipomas
‘Like one of those shows in the circus where people pay money to see how weird you are.’
‘The lumps make me feel abnormal. They look hideous. I feel like a monster at times.’
In emotional scenes, April worried her son Hunter, 17, may have inherited the condition from her after discovering his first lipoma in his thigh.
‘I feel really bad I’ve passed this condition onto you,’ she said in a tear-jerking moment.
But after confirming Hunter didn’t need to act yet, Dr Pimple Popper set to work analysing April’s arms – and was gobsmacked by what she found.
‘I’ve never seen this many bumps on this person’s arms,’ she gasped.
‘There are bumps on top of bumps. You feel more than you can actually see. I can’t imagine how many are under there.’
And it wasn’t long before she found out.
April’s dad, pictured with his daughter, also has the hereditary condition which she described as ‘hideous’ and admitted made her feel like ‘a monster’ at times
In the episode, which was the first of the second season of the show, April shared her fears that her son Hunter, 17, may also have the same condition after finding a lump in his thigh
Dr. Lee removed a record number of 68 lipomas from both of April’s arms, a lengthy process that she said left her fingers ‘numb’
After filling up an entire surgical tray with 38 lipomas from April’s left arm alone, Dr Sandra Lee then went on to remove another 30 from her right arm
In stomach-churning scenes, Dr Pimple Popper described how you could hear a ‘pop,’ before lipoma after lipoma surfaced from the slit she’d made in April’s skin.
What is a lipoma?
Lipomas are soft, fatty lumps that grow under your skin. They’re harmless and don’t usually need any treatment.
They can be anything from the size of a pea to a few centimetres across, and may move slightly under your skin if you press them.
They often appear on the shoulders, chest, arms, back, bottom or thighs.
‘This one’s little a double booty,’ she said. ‘It was like a twerk!’
After filling up an entire surgical tray with 38 lipomas from April’s left arm alone, Dr Sandra Lee then went on to remove another 30 from her right arm.
‘I couldn’t be happier,’ beamed April, once the procedure was over. ‘She’s instilled confidence in me that I didn’t have. Dr Lee really changed my life – and I’m so grateful.’
And that wasn’t the only gruesome skin-related footage that could be seen in the first episode.
Genner, 39, who had flown 14 hours from the Philippines just to be seen by the top professional, spoke of a growth that had been on his nose since 2004.
On the same show, a man called Genner, 39, told how what initially started out as a pimple had developed into a skin condition known as rhinophyma – an extreme form of rosacea
Genner flew 14 hours from the Phillipines just to see Dr. Lee, having suffered with the lumps on his nose since 2004
Genner told how people would laugh at him whenever he was out in public so he resorted to wearing a mask
Following the painful procedure, the family man said: ‘I feel so much better not only the skin will heal, but my heart will heal’
‘Every time I go to public places people laugh at me,’ he explained. ‘I don’t like being treated like that way.
‘Having this burden in my life – I’m falling apart inside.’
The growth, which initially started out as a pimple, was not only causing a ‘bad odour’ but also a lot of pain.
Dr Sandra Lee was quick to diagnose the skin condition as rhinophyma – an extreme form of rosacea.
‘It’s a thickening on the tip of the nose,’ she explained to viewers. ‘It’s like someone has chewed a whole packet of bubblegum and slapped it on his nose.’
Using a tool with an electric current which allows a wire to heat up, the dermatologist then sliced through Genner’s tissue.
‘We use a vacuum to help suck up any of the smoke that’s created from burning Genner’s skin,’ she added in another squeamish moment.
Fans of Dr Pimple Popper were delighted to see the new series of the reality show back on their screens
‘We want to remove the smell of burnt skin, but also protect us in the room from inhaling it.’
As she got into the most gruesome stage of the procedure, the renowned pimple popper highlighted that while the surgery may look ‘brutal,’ it was in fact quite ‘fun.’
‘Especially when you come across these pockets of oil,’ she explained.
‘It’s like you’re eating salted caramel vanilla ice cream which has little chocolate covered squares of caramel in and you’re taking scoops away and you never know when you’re going into hit one big square of caramel.’
Following the painful surgery, Genner was delighted and compared himself to a snake shedding skin.
‘I feel so much better – not only will my skin heal, but my heart will heal,’ he said.
The new series of Dr. Pimple Popper airs on Thursday nights on TLC at 9pm