Though Doctor Lee is a normal dermatologist based in California, she has patients coming all around the world, from New York, Canada, and even places as far as the UK and Saudi Arabia.
In an interview with Broadly, she told how she disliked when people travel across the world and get a room in a hotel just to see a dermatologist. However, the humble doctor shared that she feels really overwhelmed by the trust of her patients.
She attributed her videos for people flying halfway around the world to see her. She believes that people would rather see a doctor who they have regularly watched successfully performing procedures rather than a normal doctor down the street.
Dr. Lee has a massive fan following all around the world with more than 700,000 Instagram followers and YouTube Subscribers. She uses these social media platforms to share videos related to the removal of whiteheads, blackheads, cysts and other pustules from human skin.
Lee has become a celebrity within the phenomenon. She lovingly refers to her fans as ‘popaholics’.
Before being famous as Dr. Pimple Popper, she used to run a YouTube channel where she had put only footages of herself on local and national talk shows as The Doctors.
Later, when she shared videos of her removing a blackhead from her patient’s skin, she received a greater number of views and feedback. Such response made her create an Instagram account as @DrPimplePopper for ‘popping’ clips and add longer videos to her YouTube channel.
Lee shared that there is a community of people who just like to watch popping videos and this has become a really huge thing.
Lee, a skin cancer surgeon, and a cosmetic surgeon explained that her medical background and production value place her videos in a different position from others. She explained that her videos are filmed in a calm, controlled and sterile environment. It’s not like other videos where people are screaming in the background.
“I always finish what I start. You don’t see something and say, ‘Oh my God, that’s going to get infected’, “said Lee.
Lee stated that her ultimate goal is not popping but to hopefully educate people. She has started another YouTube Channel called ‘Dr. Pimple Popper University’ to show people ways to treat skin imperfections and provide advice related to skin care and health care.
Lee has been married to her husband Jeffrey Rebish for a couple of years. Her life partner is also a dermatologist. The couple is not headed toward divorce. Lee has an estimated net worth of $2 million. However, her salary has not been disclosed.