‘Dr. Pimple Popper’: Does Dr. Sandra Lee Charge Patients on the Show?

Dr. Pimple Popper fans love watching Dr. Sandra Lee solve dermatological issues for her patients on TLC. Plus she’s just so professional and good to her patients, fans can’t help but love watching the doctor work. But many are left wondering — do patients on the show need to pay for their appointments? And what do Dr. Sandra Lee’s services typically cost?

Does Dr. Sandra Lee charge her on-show patients?

Dr. Sandra Lee aka Dr. Pimple Popper accepts Female Star of the Year award onstage during the Critics' Choice Real TV Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel
Dr. Sandra Lee aka Dr. Pimple Popper accepts Female Star of the Year award onstage during the Critics’ Choice Real TV Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Dr. Sandra Lee’s services come highly-recommended, so it may be no surprise that fans might expect an extraction to be relatively costly. However, it seems Dr. Lee and the Dr. Pimple Popper team make sure that guests on the show are cared for free of charge. 

“The production company foots the patient’s bill for their travel expenses as well as my fees,” Dr. Sandra Lee told Refinery29. Lee adds that a big reason for the show covering all of the patients’ expenses are the complications behind medical insurance and dermatology.

“Medical insurance is complicated. The rules of what dermatological procedures are covered under certain insurance plans differs state to state,” said Lee.

“Sadly, I find that the reason a lot of my patients haven’t had their condition treated is because they don’t have the money to have it done. If you have to cover a complicated surgery out of pocket, it can be very expensive.”

“A lot of these people really want these things to be removed. They’re benign and they’re not anything that needs to be removed medically, which is why insurance won’t pay,” she told Forbes.

What does a visit to Dr. Sandra Lee cost off of the show?

Dr. Pimple Popper's Dr. Sandra Lee
Dr. Pimple Popper‘s Dr. Sandra Lee | Jim Spellman/Getty Images

Dr. Sandra Lee of course has patients off of Dr. Pimple Popper at her Skin Physicians and Surgeons office. Before you set up a treatment, you’ll need to have a consultation with Lee, which costs $120. 

Luckily, that consult fee goes towards the price of your future treatment. Naturally, there are any number of treatments for any number of problems, so much of the cost will depend on those variables. 

However, an extraction appointment, for example, will typically run a patient between $500 and $600 before insurance. As the Dr. Pimple Popper star mentioned, insurance can be problematic. However, Lee says when it comes to relatively benign problems that insurance wouldn’t cover, she’s developed a workaround.  

“But now, I’ll do the extractions for free if my patients let me videotape and use the video. Of course, I make them anonymous and remove anything identifying,” she explained.

What is the ‘Dr. Pimple Popper’ star’s net worth?

Dr. Sandra Lee, star of Dr. Pimple Popper
Dr. Sandra Lee, star of Dr. Pimple Popper | Brian Ach/Getty Images for Lord & Taylor

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Since her premiere on TLC, Dr. Sandra Lee has become a major hit. Fans love her bedside manner and the unsettling satisfaction that can come with a hefty extraction. Her meteoric rise to Dr. Pimple Popper fame has resulted in some lucrative opportunities. 

Dr. Sandra Lee has published a book as well as started her own skincare line. Of course, Lee also has her TLC checks and her medical practice. All of these combined have led to an impressive $5 million net worth, per Celebrity Net Worth