Dr. 90210 Recap – EPISODE 7
EPISODE 7 | Tummy Tucks, Fat Freezing and Cysts, Oh My!
Looking at Sherri, you wouldn’t notice.
But she was reminded every single day––when it hurt to have her hair up in a ponytail, when someone went to lovingly caress her head, whenever it was a hot day in Texas, and she wanted to take a dip in the lake.
“This has caused me to not want to go out because I don’t want it to be seen,” shared Sherri.
Sherri had six large cysts on the back of her scalp. For the most part, she was able to cover them with her hair; but even then, she knew they were still there. These cysts affected not only her confidence, but the way she lived her everyday life.
Dr. Lee pointed out: “Beauty is a very personal experience, and if you don’t feel good about yourself, you’re not going to feel confident or powerful. Even though Sherri’s cysts are on the back of her head, no one can see it… how she feels is more important than how the world sees her.”
“Did you have any trauma to your head?” Dr. Lee inquired at Sherri’s initial consult. “Because sometimes you get cysts if you had minor trauma.”
Sherri revealed that these cysts were in fact a painful reminder of her past. “When I was very young, I was in a bad relationship. And he would not hit my face, he would punch my head. And I would have knots on my head… These [cysts] didn’t manifest until a few years later. But, I mean, I don’t know what else it could be.”
Dr. Lee later shared in her confessional: “My heart really breaks for her when I hear this because every time, she brushes her hair she has to be reminded that this could potentially be from her abuse.”
Dr. Lee got to work quickly and gave Sherri her treatment plan for cyst removal. “So to take these out, we’ll have to make cuts and then really scrape all the sac from underneath your scalp.” And when the day came for surgery, that’s exactly what Dr. Lee did.
The cysts can come back if the cyst’s entire shell is not removed so Dr. Lee was careful to remove the bumps in one piece whenever possible. There was some oozing of a substance that resembled cottage cheese, which is a typical occurrence in cyst removal. Overall, the procedure went very smoothly!
Four months later and Sherri’s scalp was completely smooth and pain free! “I have never been so happy in my life!” She stated. “They’re all gone, there’s no pain, I can sleep at night… I’ve started dating… I’ve been at the lake all weekend [and] wore my hair in pigtails with no problem… I wasn’t embarrassed.”
“When Sherri first came to me, she was so insecure about the bumps on her head. But now she is so confident! She wants to put her hair in a ponytail. That’s what [plastic surgery] is all about!” Dr. Lee exclaimed.