OK, everyone, I hope you are ready for this: Dr. Pimple Popper has just released a new video of her biggest “pop” yet. (By the way, yes Dr. Pimple Popper is a real doctor, and she has made a name for herself by filming herself popping zits and tackling other unsavory skin conditions.) Now her latest project is unlike anything we’ve ever seen. It’s a bowling-ball sized lipoma on a man’s back, and the extraction was so long that Dr. Pimple Popper had to make not one but TWO videos to memorialize the procedure for us. Lipomas are slow-growing fatty lumps that are generally harmless and usually hit people in middle age (the joy!). Most lipomas are left alone unless they cause pain or become infected—or if they, you know, grow to the size of a bowling ball, as in this poor man’s case. They usually can be removed during a simple outpatient surgery. Warning: As you would expect from a fatty lump the size of a bowling ball being removed from a man’s body, what follows in the video is graphic and could be upsetting to some.
Dr. Pimple Popper wasn’t able to remove the entire lipoma, as she didn’t want to leave the patient with a scar spanning his back. She removed enough to make his back nearly flat again, and the patient was pleased, so she deemed it a success. Dr. Pimple Popper’s real name is Sandra Lee, and she is a dermatologist based in California.
Dr. Pimple Popper has made a name for herself by showcasing her gross-out videos. She has over 1 million followers on her social media sites, and her audience eagerly anticipates her videos showcasing her procedures from blackhead extraction to pimple popping.
What is behind our fascination with such icky videos?
In an interview with the New York Post, Dr. Pimple Popper explains, “It’s part fascination, part can’t look away, not unlike watching a car accident. There’s also something satisfying in the resolution, like something is being removed that shouldn’t be there and now the skin has been cleansed of an impurity.”
In fact, there is actually some science behind our enjoyment of these gross-out videos.
Daniel Kelly, author of the book “Yuck!: The Nature and Moral Significance of Disgust,” says that feelings of disgust are crucial to our survival as a species. Being “squicked out” by certain things actually is a valuable survival mechanism because it keeps us from going near things that could make us sick or harm us.
But at the same time, we also enjoy the adrenaline rush that comes from doing something dangerous in a controlled setting. Experts theorize that watching these videos taps into our need for excitement, allowing us to enjoy the thrill of “yuck” without any of the risk (kind of like riding a roller coaster, except the only thing taking a ride in this case is your emotions!).
So, watching a yucky video of a big ol’ zit being popped might bring a little thrill to your boring workday. One thing’s for sure…it will definitely give you and your coworkers something to talk about!
What do you think? Did you watch the video or is it too gross for you?