Dr Pimple Popper has seen some things – but one woman’s ‘rhino horn’ set a new challenge for the spot-squeezing expert.
A 43-year-old Connecticut mum-of-one, Lisa, has lived with a cutaneous growth – which she likens to a rhinoceros horn growing out of the back of her head – for over a year.
With her impending nuptials to her fiancee of five years put on hold until Lisa can have the horn removed, she paid Dr Lee a visit to explain the emotional and physical hardship.
A teary-eyed Lisa adds:
It grows every day. It’s painful at times. It has a ring that it grows out of that is very tender. It’s a horn, basically. Like a rhinoceros – it’s a hard horn.
I don’t want anybody to see it, so I wear my hair up and pretty much tuck it under. The growth makes me feel gross. Who has a horn growing out of their head?
You can watch the encounter and eventual removal process below:
The mum had feared the horn might be cancerous, but Dr Lee was quick to reassure her the growth was, in fact, a cutaneous horn – a hard conical projection from the skin, made of compact white blood cells.
Although the growth wasn’t as sinister as Lisa expected, its size alarmed the doctor, who said:
It looks like a finger nail has gone crazy. I’ve seen cutaneous horns before, but certainly this is the largest that I have ever seen.
Luckily, the good doctor Lee was able to remove the horn through a non-surgical procedure which pretty much involved numbing the surrounding area of Lisa’s scalp and yanking the growth from her person.
In her own words, Dr Lee confessed to Lisa the job could have been done with ‘one big swift knock from your dog’.
There’s a happy ending for Lisa, though, who said:
I don’t know why I waited so long. I’ve missed out on so much for the past year for something that just took thirty minutes.
It felt great to turn around and not see anything there. I’m excited to move on and wear my hair down and get married.
Good luck for the big day to Lisa and her family!
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A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you’ve never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.