We all remember the “Gorilla Glue girl” who replaced her usual hairspray with Gorilla Glue adhesive and literally ended up between a rock and a hard place, right? Well, the bright spot to this story is that a plastic surgeon saved the day, offering to fix her rock-solid hair for free because he felt so bad for her.
Here’s the TL;DR version of this heartwarming story, plus a look into the difference between a plastic and cosmetic surgeon. This’ll totally explain why fixing a sticky scalp isn’t all that far off from a plastic surgeon’s specialty.
Plastic Surgery to the Rescue!
When Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Obeng heard of the Gorilla Glue hair story from his patient coordinator, who personally knew the unfortunate woman, he immediately agreed to help pro bono. He set to work formulating a solvent that would remove the glue from her hair and scalp without damaging her skin.
Just because a plastic surgeon can fix Gorilla Glue hair doesn’t mean you should try it.
Dr. Obeng even went so far as to try a preliminary version of his formula on his own knee to make sure it wouldn’t burn skin. According to the plastic surgeon, the formula did burn, so he had to go back to the drawing board.
With the help of a chemist friend, Dr. Obeng was finally able to create the perfect solvent that successfully removed the glue. He even topped off the treatment with a free sample of special oil to help the woman repair her hair.
And in case you were wondering, yes, Dr. Obeng does plan on making his formula available to others who might be in a “sticky situation.”
So… What’s the Difference between Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery?
Okay, so if fixing a superglued scalp is in the realm of plastic surgery solutions, what else does a plastic surgeon do? And while we’re at it, what’s the difference between a plastic surgeon and a cosmetic surgeon?
Plastic surgeons and cosmetic surgeons complete extensive training and schooling in different areas, with plastic surgery focusing on reconstruction and repair of injuries, birth defects and, well, Gorilla Glue stuck to your scalp.
Cosmetic surgery, on the other hand, is focused on aesthetic procedures aimed at improving an aspect of your appearance without necessarily having a reconstructive component. So boob jobs, liposuction, mommy makeovers and the like all generally fall under the umbrella of cosmetic surgery. While most plastic surgeons offer both reconstructive and cosmetic procedures, their background and credentials lend themselves to the reconstructive side of the coin.
In a nutshell, you might want to lean on a plastic surgeon if you end up with a head full of Gorilla Glue. But you might want to make an appointment with a cosmetic surgeon if you’re looking to freshen up your appearance with a boob job or facelift.
Just please, whatever you do, don’t take matters into your own hands with weird cosmetic fixes like Gorilla Glue hairspray or DIY BOTOXⓇ.