If the visual aid alone isn't enough for you, Dr. Lee has cheekily edited in a helpful soundtrack to serve as the backdrop to the surgical procedure. What begins innocently enough-with the doctor slicing into the cyst, and mopping up a few tame puddles of pus-quickly takes a dramatic turn. With just a slight pinch of her fingers, the epidermoid cyst shoots out a geyser of yellowish gunk.
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Epidermoid cysts, according to Harvard Medical School , are small, benign, mostly harmless bumps that form under the skin "when cells on the surface move deeper and multiply." Most of the time, they remain so small that people just ignore them, but can require a dermatologist's intervention if they suddenly increase in size. In some cases, the dermatologist also removes the sac that makes up the cyst wall to help prevent it from returning.
That yellow ooze squirting out of the patient's body is also nothing to be alarmed about-it's made up of keratin, a protein that your body needs to build hair, skin, and nails.
All is well in the end, of course-moments later, Dr. Lee is shown stitching up her patient post-procedure, another cyst eliminated. And that's something worth celebrating.