Tessica Brown, a Louisiana woman who applied gorilla glue adhesive spray to her hair, has successfully undergone a surgery to remove the glue — about a month after the incident.
The 40-year-old had first shared her story on TikTok, explaining that she sprayed the glue on her hair after she ran out of her usual hair spray.
She had thought she would rinse it out after a few hours, but was shocked when it refused to come off, thereby given rise to severe headaches.
Prior to the surgery, Brown had her ponytail extension cut off at the root, leaving the base of her hair after taking several drastic steps to remove the permanent glue herself.
She also became a target for unwanted attention, with many referring to her as “the Gorilla Glue girl.”
After her story went viral, Michael Obeng, a plastic surgeon, offered to help her get rid of the glue (free of charge) — in a procedure that she would have paid $12,500.
Brown had earlier taken to her Instagram page to inform her followers that she would be travelling to Los Angeles to get the procedure done.
But on Thursday, TMZ reported that the procedure was successfully carried out after a four-hour duration.
Speaking in an interview, Obeng said he combined medical grade adhesive remover, aloe vera, olive oil and a dash of acetone to perform the procedure.
“The surgery went well,” he said.
“She had a lot of irritation on the scalp especially the edges of her hair, of her head because of all of the chemicals that she has put in, and the hair was actually very, very tough, very, very matted down, and it would not lift up. She’s very, very lucky that she did not sustain a lot of injury to her scalp.
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“She’s been through a lot. I hope that you guys will learn from Tessica’s injuries, or Tessica’s ordeal. Make sure that anytime you guys grab something, make sure you read it.”
Reacting to the successful surgery, Brown expressed her excitement at finally been free from the pains.
“Jesus Christ, I can scratch it,” she said.
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