‘Gorilla Glue girl’ Tessica Brown has found lumps in her breasts during a consultation before receiving plastic surgery for a breast lift and abdominal liposuction.
Brown, 40, went viral on TikTok after posting that she had used the polyurethane adhesive in her hair before a date with her fiancé after she ran out of her normal hair product.
The Gorilla Glue remained in her hair for more than a month despite her best efforts to get it out.
Tessica Brown went viral on TikTok after putting Gorilla Glue in her hair instead of her normal product before a date
Brown has found lumps in her breasts during a consultation before receiving plastic surgery for a breast lift and abdominal liposuction
Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Obeng was able to remove the spray adhesive from her hair using ‘basic chemistry,’ TMZ reported at the time.
Now the same doctor has found lumps in each of her breasts during her pre-surgery consultation for the breast lift and abdominal liposuction, the outlet revealed on Saturday.
It is unclear if the plastic surgery for Brown will be free – after the removal of the Gorilla Glue was done free of charge.
She received a mammogram, which confirmed she had masses in her breasts. Doctors have already preformed surgery to remove the lumps and test them for cancer.
Brown’s manager, Gina Rodriguez, told the outlet that she believes the Gorilla Glue incident was meant to lead to the discovery of the lumps and she’s grateful to Obeng for their removal.
The Louisiana mom of five had started a GoFundMe after her dangerous Gorilla Glue mishap with a goal of reaching $1,500 to buy the wigs she was told she would need.
However, after her TikTok videos went viral, Obeng reached out to her and performed the $12,500 procedure for free, which took four hours to complete.
She has since donated $20,000 she raised to Obeng’s Restore Foundation, a charity that helps those needing reconstructive surgery.
The rest of the money will cover an ER visit she was forced to make after using the glue and her travel expenses to fly to LA for the surgery, her spokesperson added.
Tessica Brown has found lumps in her breasts during a consultation before receiving plastic surgery for a breast lift and abdominal liposuction
The adhesive stayed in Brown’s hair for more than a month before it was successfully removed by Dr. Michael Obeng
The mother-of-five has donated $20,000 she raised on GoFundMe to help her following her ordeal
Brown’s saga started when she used the superglue after her hairspray ran out because she was in a rush to get out of the house for a date with her fiancé Dewitt, the New York Post reported.
The couple had planned to have a romantic outing by a lake near her sister’s house – but her hair wasn’t playing ball and she had multiple flyaway.
Upon discovering her hairspray was empty, she stumbled across the Gorilla Glue and decided it would be perfect to get her hair to stay slick.
She thought that she would be able to wash it out of her hair after the date – but she couldn’t have been more wrong.
‘We was leaving so I mean I went go to spray the Got2B glue and air came out of it,’ Brown told New York Post.
‘So now I’m looking around the whole house, I have to find something you know for these flyaways. We was going on the lake so I know I couldn’t deal with those flyaways.’
She said she ‘ran into the kitchen, ran past the refrigerator’ and she saw what she believed would be her saving grace – a can of Gorilla Glue.
‘I’m like you know what? I can use this and as soon as I come home I can take it off, you know wash it off. That is not what happened,’ she said.
Brown had sprayed the adhesive liberally over her hair and blowdried it, which left the superglue stuck to her scalp. But not realizing the effect it would have, she rushed out of the door for her date.
She was in agony for more than a month as she grappled with having the glue stuck to her scalp.
‘The pony tail that I did have, it was like somebody was tightening it, tightening it every day,’ she explained. ‘It felt like red ants were on the inside, I can’t get under it.
‘I wasn’t sleeping, I wasn’t eating, everything was pretty much trying to get this off my head, I lost between 10 and 15 pounds.
‘[I thought] that I was going to lose all my hair, have scalp damage and wasn’t going to be able to grow it back.’
But luckily, Obeng reached out to say he could remove the adhesive without charge after seeing her plight online.
Brown then flew to LA this week for the procedure that took four hours to complete.
Obeng used a custom mix of chemicals and natural products in order to dissolve the glue, having first practiced on a dummy head to ensure his formula would work.
In a video taken at Obeng’s office, Brown – who was given a light anesthesia before the treatment – is seen lying on an operating table after the successful procedure, running her hands through her freed locks and tearing up with relief while marveling at the sensation.
During the procedure, the mixture was applied to Brown’s hair using a spray bottle, while Obeng used medical tweezers and scissors to try and gently pull the matted hair apart, cutting the strands of glue that were holding her tresses together.
The doctor and his team then ran a comb through the hair to finally remove the glue, before applying a deep conditioning treatment to protect the locks.