Tessica Brown, the Louisiana woman whose use of Gorilla Glue in her hair made national headlines, has undergone a surgical procedure in Beverly Hills to remove the offending gunk, according to reports.
“The surgery went well,” Dr. Michael Obeng, director of MiKO Plastic Surgery, told CBS Los Angeles. “Tessica is doing well. She’s awake. The hair crew is doing her hair.”
After the four-hour procedure, during which Brown was under light anesthesia, she got choked up when she realized that she could once again run her fingers through her hair, according to TMZ.
In video TMZ shot of the procedure, Obeng explained that he combined medical-grade adhesive remover, aloe vera, olive oil and acetone to break down the polyurethane, the main ingredient in Super Glue.
Brown is later seen gazing into a mirror as she checks out her newly freed hair.
The surgeon had reached out to the desperate mother of five, who appealed for help in a TikTok video that went viral, and offered to provide the chemical treatment for free. It would normally cost more than $12,000.
“When I found out this was a reality, you can only feel compassion and sympathy for Tessica,” Obeng told CBS LA on Tuesday. “The procedure will be to dissolve the polyurethane, which is what Gorilla Glue is made out of.”
Before Wednesday’s procedure, Brown and her sister used the product Goof Off to soften the glue enough to remove her ponytail, according to TMZ.
She told the outlet that she had been preparing to wear wigs for the rest of her life — but is relieved that she won’t need them for long after Obeng’s work.
Brown said in an earlier interview that she had never intended for her ordeal to gain so much attention.
“I never was going to take this to social media. The reason I took this to social media was because I didn’t know what else to do,” she told ET.
“And I know somebody out there could have told me something. I didn’t think for one second when I got up the next morning it was gonna be everywhere,” she added.