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There's something seriously addicting about those medical shows that you just can't look away from. If you're a fan of series like " Dr. Pimple Popper " that show — in excruciating detail — the ins and outs of extreme dermatological cases, you're going to love TLC's newest show " Dr. Mercy Odueyungboa Chicago-based board-certified dermatologist who specializes in malignant growths, benign lesions, Mohs surgery for skin cancers, and more via the Baraga County Memorial Hospital.
But despite her impressive knowledge and expertise, she sees her patients as more than just cases — she seeks to change lives. The List recently sat down with Dr. Mercy to learn all about the inspiration behind her career, the work that goes into her practice, and what we can expect from the exciting first season of her show. She also shared some insider information regarding her top dermatological tips that you're not going to want to miss. I saw the first episode of the season, and I would have naturally just continued to binge the entire season if I could have.
I really, really enjoyed it a lot.
Yeah, of course. So I know that both of your parents were nurses, but I'm just curious what made you interested initially in dermatology specifically? I actually did not know I wanted to do dermatology till three months before I graduated med school, which is kind of late. So I knew I wanted to do surgery, and I thought I wanted to be a plastic surgeon, but it wasn't Something was still missing.
And a plastic surgeon actually suggested that I try dermatology, that I might love it. And he was right. I never looked back ever since. So I actually never thought that I would be a dermatologist if this plastic surgeon did not recommend it. I think the biggest thing is I get to do the surgeries that I wanted to do. I get to give patients immediate satisfaction.
So when they come into my clinic with this large growth and these lumps and bumps, they get to leave without it. How cool is that? They leave as a different person. They're not the same person, the same way they walked in. And I just really, really enjoy that. Every day is different. So I can be doing general stuff, like just doing medical acne psoriasis, or I could be removing large tumors out of people's bodies. You really do walk in and have on idea what your day is going to look like, huh?
In the show, you said that you feel as though you give people their lives back in some cases, which I definitely think is true, at least just from what I could see from the first episode. But are there any patients or cases you can think of that really come to mind when you think about giving someone their lives back and Tlc skin tight casting their lives for the better? Oh, of course.
There are two in particular, where they walk in At first when patients walk in, when they have these large lipomas, I sometimes don't get to know how big it is, because they will walk in with bigger t-shirts. They figured out a way to hide it from society. So I'm like, "Oh, that's not bad. I'm like, "Oh my goodness. They have to get a whole new closet. They can actually go out in public, go to the beach without people staring at them.
That's pretty cool. And I'm curious, I'm sure you've kind of seen it all in your field, but is there anything that makes you squeamish or makes you a little uncomfortable to see? So most people think, because we remove all these things, I don't get sick from it. So as long as it's inside the patient's body, I'm okay. When it comes out, I'm okay. But it has to leave the room. I don't know how to explain it. Just knowing it's there and smelling it, that gets me. There's actually one episode that I ran to the bathroom to throw up. It was a patient in particular that wanted to take her cyst home and was playing with it and rubbing it and shaking it and bouncing it By the time she did all of that, that really did me.
I was like —. You were over it. No, you were over it. Do people do that a lot? Do they want to take home the cyst? Most people want to see it. Most people will name it, but it's really rare to meet someone that wants to keep it or play with it. You're not supposed to do this, but I let her take two home. You have to a release form to take it home, but she took two home. Well, maybe it's sitting on her mantle right now. Who knows? So what would you say makes Lily Aesthetics different from other dermatological practices? And Lily is my daughter's name. She's kind of the inspiration behind all of this.
But I think the biggest thing is, like I said on the show, when you walk in, you're not just a patient. I take it as a privilege to be able to serve you. I take it as an honor to be able to even meet you, to come in contact with you and just for me to learn everything about you. So it's a family atmosphere, even for all my patients, for all my staff on the show.
You get to see my Tlc skin tight casting. You get to meet Lily. My staff has been with me for a long time. We're like a tight-knit family and our patients feel that too. I love that. What would you say are some of the biggest challenges of your job?
I really feel like sometimes it's hard to connect. Some patients just don't want you to go deep with them, but I try to explain that sometimes you have to go deep for me to be able to treat you completely, for me to be able to do my job. Tlc skin tight casting some people are just so scared of a needle, and it takes a little longer to calm them down. Some patients are like, "Yeah, let's do this. You know?
Some patients are screaming the whole time, and I'm like, "Don't scream. Sometimes my job is tougher If I can't get the patient to calm down or just to relax. I wonder if that's even something that you learn in medical school, like —. That's probably something you just have to have internally, like your ability to calm someone down, or your bedside manner.
That must be a challenge. Is there anything you can tell us about the first season and what we can expect to see? There's lots of transformation, lots of stories. We get to follow a lot of patients where we give them their lives back. So there are a few patients that can actually start hanging out with their kids again. Spouses, they can have a better marriage. People can actually go back and get jobs now, because they are normal again and people aren't going to be staring at them. And also, learning about people's stories and learning to be more compassionate.
You never know what people are going through. I wish that we would be more compassionate as a society and just be more loving and caring.
We're all going through something. So we all need each other's help. Well said. And can you tell us a little bit about the process of starting working with TLC and how you found each other? So this was not something I was looking for. I love my job, but I'm very shy. And I'm very introverted, weird enough. So I'm in Chicago.
But where I live in, in Michigan, it's called the Upper Peninsula. It's kind of like a small rural area. I'm not a person that's looking for the limelight. So inI think they were doing a nationwide casting. They were trying to expand their medical shows, and they actually found me on social media. And I thought it was a joke when they called my office saying they wanted me to audition.
I was like, "Okay. But they actually found me on social media, weird enough.
And then how long was that process for you before it was starting to become a reality for you? Well, I had to go through a few auditions with the executives through Zoom. And then they did come out to my practice in Michigan to kind of see how I worked and did surgeries. And then at some point, it was like, "I think we're just going to give you a full season instead of a one-hour thing. So it was easier to fly people into Chicago. So we did it at Lily Aesthetics in Chicago. And what are some of the biggest changes you've noticed in your own life since starting the show? Oh my goodness.
I think that, that's an interesting question, because I feel like not a whole lot has changed, just my cases get more complicated.Tlc skin tight casting
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