How often do you pop pimples on your face? If you ask us, popping a pimple is a pretty hard urge to resist, especially when we see it swell up on our face ready to burst.
But dermatologists have warned that popping your own pimples may result in permanent scarring of the skin, which you probably may not want. However, nobody told this man just how bad the effects can be, in a story reported by Oriental Daily.
In the Guangdong Province of China, a 51-year-old man squeezed what he had initially thought was a pimple on his forehead. Pretty normal reaction when you see a pimple, right?
But a few days later, the unthinkable happened: instead of healing up gradually, the man’s pimple would begin to steadily fester and grew into a black, solid mass on his forehead! Rushing to the hospital, doctors diagnosed him with squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), which is the second most common form of skin cancer.
As it turns out, what the man had thought was a ‘pimple’ was in actual fact a common malignant tumour that had begun to ulcerate and bleed after it was popped. Surgery is the most common and effective method of treatment, but as the tumour was found on the man’s forehead, there was a risk that nerves may be damaged during surgery, causing the man’s eyelids to close permanently.
Further complications to his condition resulted in the man needing what doctors call a ‘free flap transplant’, where skin from another part of the body is removed and then grafted onto the affected area. So a part of his forearm’s skin was removed and then grafted onto his face to repair the damage caused by the tumour.
After 5 hours of surgery, doctors managed to graft the skin on successfully and he was discharged safely. Thank goodness!
As squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is a cancer most typically caused from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays, please do make sure to slap on some sunscreen before you leave the house and spend time under the sun! Health really is wealth you guys!
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