Dr. Sandra Lee, a.k.a. Dr. Pimple Popper.
- The first season of Dr. Sandra Lee's TLC series "" ends on August 15.
- So far, many episodes have included squishing, squelching sound effects during procedures like pops and lipoma removals.
- One sound even has a name: a cyst makes a flatulent noise Lee calls a "cyst poot."
- In an interview with INSIDER, Lee said the sound effects are real, but magnified in the editing process.
- She also revealed her own favorite popping sound: Peeling back the galea aponeurosis, a thin tissue layer in the scalp, when she removes pilar cysts.
In its first season, Dr. Sandra Lee's new TLC show "Dr. Pimple Popper" has gifted viewers with a wide variety of pops, from tiny steatocystomas to explosive cysts to truly massive lipomas.
In all these varied procedures, though, one thing has remained consistent: The stomach-churning sound effects. As Lee squeezes, snips, and pushes on various growths, viewers hear a torrent of squishing and squelching noises so loud they seem fake.
Perhaps the most memorable example happens in the season's fourth episode. As Lee is removing a cyst, the incision emits a small flatulent noise. Lee calls it a "cyst poot." ("Excuse you!" she jokingly admonishes the patient.)
"Sometimes when you remove contents from the skin and the skin is a little bit floppy, it can make noises," Lee explains in the episode.
Some viewers have noted these prominent sound effects on Twitter.
"Please tell me they added the sound effects when the stuff pours out," Twitter user @littlemeangreen wrote. "I find myself with my hand over my mouth. Maybe that's a good thing."
It turns out those sound effects are real but enhanced in volume, as Lee explained to INSIDER in a recent interview.
"Yes, they tell me [the sounds] are real," Lee told INSIDER, referring to the staff who work on her show. "But they definitely do increase the sound. I'm always looking at them going, 'Come on, now listen to that sound — that's crazy!' They're like, 'That's what sound it was!' And I'm like, 'OK, you just increased that to like 100 times [the actual volume]."
She added that she'd be able to hear those sounds if she had her ear right next to a lipoma or a cyst during a removal procedure. A patient probably can too. The aforementioned patient, for example, heard and reacted to his own cyst poot. The growth was located on his shoulder, very close to his ear.
Here's the cyst that released the infamous "poot."
Lee also revealed that she has a favorite type of popping sound — one that hasn't yet been featured on the TLC show. It's a tiny noise that happens when she's removing a pilar cyst and peels back the galea aponeurosis— a thin layer of tissue deep in the scalp.
"It's this layer you have on the scalp ... it's very thin, it's a little see-through like parchment paper," she said. "And when you peel that off, it makes this noise that like — maybe it's an ASMR [reaction] for me. [It's] almost thisschluppingnoise. That's a cool sound; that's my favorite sound."
You can hear that noise in some of Lee's YouTube videos. In a two-part pilar cyst removal from 2015, she used onscreen text to call it out specifically.
Skip to the 9:00 mark in this video to hear it — and turn your volume up, because it's definitely subtle.
You can hear it again just after the 6:30 mark in this video, too.
You can watch all past episodes of "Dr.
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