If we as Blacks don’t come through for one another, especially as we celebrate Black History Month, who will? That is the story of award-winning Ghanaian American plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael K. Obeng, who came through for the 40-year-old American TikTokker, Tessica Brown, now known as the Gorilla Glue girl.
Tessica Brown went viral on social media after sharing a TikTok video detailing her hair incident or do we say accident? While styling her hair, she ran out of the popular Got2b Glued Freeze Spray and reached out for the nearest glue spray which happened to be the Gorilla Glue Spray Adhesive. This adhesive is different from the Gorilla Glue with Gorilla Snot and had her hair stuck to her scalp with all attempts to get it off proving abortive.
After over 15 shampoo washes, acetone wipes and sterile water from the hospital, and a chopped off ponytail, there seemed to be no relief in sight. That was before Dr. Michael Obeng, the first Black plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, who had reposted the story himself, offered to remove the glue for her.
The Beverly Hills plastic surgeon said it would take about two to three days to completely remove the glue and the estimated cost was to be $12,500. However, the doctor who is also a humanitarian offered his services at no charge.
After the surgery which took over 4 hours, Dr. Obeng successfully freed her hair and observed no immediate damage to Tessica’s scalp. He however told her in the video covered by TMZ that she would experience sensitivity for which he gave her a dose of a steroid to minimize inflammation.
As for Tessica Brown, she was mighty glad she could run her fingers through her scalp once again. For the procedure, he combined medical grade adhesive remover, aloe vera, olive oil and a dash of acetone to break down the polyurethane which is the main ingredient in Gorilla Glue.
Watch Dr. Michael Obeng explain the chemistry of the Gorilla Glue removal
Cover photo: Instagram | Tessica Brown/@im_d_ollady
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