The pilar cyst is basically the king of cysts. The scalp formation develops from keratin trapped inside hair follicles, and then accumulates gradually creating a mega-bump that is often irritatingly trapped beneath a tuft of hair.
In a new video , Dr. Pimple Popper aka, dermatologist and TLC host Dr. Sandra Lee, MD uses her famous squeeze grip to pop open the orange-brown innards of a pilar cyst from a womans head. She and another woman off-camera then trade size comparisons: Its like the size of a pea. Actually, its like the side of a baby tooth. In the end, Dr. Pimple Popper goes with orange seed.
View this post on Instagram Feeling #tart this Monday? Hopefully this Orange Seed Pilar Cyst will sweeten the mood! #pilarcyst #sweet #drpimplepopper A post shared by Sandra Lee, MD, FAAD, FAACS (@drpimplepopper) on Sep 16, 2019 at 4:53pm PDT
But this was only the first step. Dr. Lee then reaches for a scalpel and tweezers to remove the sack that was holding the keratin cluster. With the extraction of gushy small organic bits, it looks a little like a frog dissection in sophomore biology.
Pilar cysts, also called wens , are benignand they're also unsightly, particularly when tucked beneath hair and growing together in clusters, as they sometimes do. The greatest risk is rupture leading to infection, because they can become so large, between the size of a quarter and that of a ping pong ball (just in case you were looking for more comparisons).