Famous dermatologist Dr Pimple Popper has helped transform a man’s life by removing a bizarre 3lb ‘third testicle’ that was really a fatty growth.
Ravon, 26, starred in Thursday’s episode of Sandra Lee’s infamous reality TV show in which she performs life-improving procedures on patients such as skin extractions and cyst drainings, often in stomach-churning detail .
But even she was shocked at Ravon’s peculiar deformity. The Tennessee dad-of-one had been plagued by a heavy growth hanging between his legs for the past year, which had affected his confidence, sex life and even his ability to go to the toilet.
“My initial reaction with Ravon is ‘wow’,” Dr Lee said on the show.
“When somebody tells me that they have a growth on their leg, this is not what I’m expecting. It really took me aback initially. I thought I was looking at the wrong thing. He definitely has something here that is unique.”
Ravon said the lump began as the size of a small bouncy ball, which he dismissed as an ingrown hair. But it grew to the size of a tennis ball over the course of the next six months.
It began to seriously impact his life, causing him irritation and pain as well as embarrassment.
“When I go to use the bathroom I have to lift up my leg, I can’t really sit on it,” he explained. “When I sit down it instantly drops into the toilet… It’s just nasty.”
He could only bring himself to have sex with his girlfriend a few times a month because he was “so self-conscious”, and said having the lump removed would be “the best thing in the world”.
When it came time for Ravon to show the growth to Dr Lee, she was taken aback.
“Are you sure that’s not really part of your body?” she asked, but he assured her it was its own separate “wobbly” entity.
She discovered the growth was hanging off his skin by a “little stalk” which would make removal easier. After examining the lump she diagnosed it as a large skin tag that had become filled with fat – different from the average lipoma, a benign fatty lump that grows under the skin.
When it came time to operate, Ravon was nervous.
“Having a sharp object near my genital area — that’s kind of nerve-wracking,” he told the camera. “It’s like a horror movie, what if I jerk or something and cuts somewhere else that it’s not supposed to?”
Dr Lee first injected numbing fluid into the growth before she began slicing into it. She used scissors to cut the tissue away before snipping off the lump and stitching the wound closed.
Afterwards she gave Ravon the detached growth to hold.
“As I was holding it in my hand it weighed about three to four pounds,” he said. “But now that little small lump feels like thousands and thousands of pounds has been lifted off of me.”