The doctor who rid “Gorilla Glue girl” Tessica Brown of her sticky mane is a Ghanaian-born Harvard Medical School grad and now a celebrity Beverly Hills plastic surgeon.
Dr. Michael Obeng, 47, co-starred on the E! TV reality series “Second Wives Club” with his wife, Veronika, in 2017, and has a net worth of $8 million, according to Black Enterprise.
Long before his work went viral for the four-hour procedure this week that got Brown out of her sticky mess, Obeng was twice rated among America’s top plastic surgeons by the Consumer Research Council and gained praise for his international nonprofit work through R.E.S.T.O.R.E Worldwide Inc., according to his biography on his clinic’s website.
The website for the clinic, Miko Plastic Surgery, identifies Obeng as “The Surgeon’s Surgeon.”
Yet his latest claim to fame is the procedure to remove glue from Brown’s hair. Obeng did the $12,500 procedure for free once he learned of Brown’s plight.
“I looked up the compound,” he told TMZ. “The main actual ingredient in Gorilla Glue, polyurethane, and we had figured out the science, how to break it down. So I then decided, now I’m gonna reinvent the wheel.”
Obeng said he used industrial glue remover as well as a concoction that included aloe vera, an olive oil mixture, and acetone — which did the job.
He said he tried the remedy on a wig of real human hair, and it worked.
“Surgery went well,” Obeng said. “She had a lot of irritation on the scalp, especially the edges of her head because of all the chemicals.”
“She is very, very lucky that she did not sustain a lot of injuries to her scalp,” he added. “This type of ordeal is no joke.”
Michael K. Obeng,MD, FACS
Harvard trained, board-certified Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Michael K. Obeng, was named among “America’s Top Plastic Surgeons” by the Consumer’s Research Council of America in 2011 and 2014. He specializes in cosmetic surgery of the aging face, neck, breast, body, trunk, extremities and genitalia. Dr. Obeng is among the rare, few plastic surgeons in the world to successfully reattach a limb, remove ribs to streamline the waist and he is an expert in complex reconstructive surgery, hand, and micro-neurovascular surgery, hence, the nickname, “The Surgeon’s Surgeon” as dubbed by his colleagues.
Currently on staff at Cedars Sinai Hospital, and the former Chief of Plastic Surgery at St. Elizabeth Health Center. Dr. Obeng carries years of experience and innovative methods of solving complex cosmetic and reconstructive surgical dilemmas. His clients comprise of royalty and celebrities, but also includes some of the world’s most unfortunate patients.
Born into poverty in Ghana, Dr. Obeng persevered over unimaginable obstacles and overcame all odds to arrive at the peak of professional and personal success. He takes pride in treating each patient like family; his deep compassion and care for his patients is derived from his humble beginnings. Dr. Obeng travels to third world countries to donate his surgical skills through his non-profit, R.E.S.T.O.R.E Worldwide Inc. In addition, Dr. Obeng advocates for the underprivileged in the United States by educating patients on safe breast reconstructive surgery options available after undergoing breast cancer treatment.
Dr. Obeng has garnered prestigious awards including a research grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the coveted, Herman B. Barnett award in Surgery and Anesthesia. He has extensive international publications regarding breast aesthetics, augmentation, and reconstruction. When he is not lecturing on plastic surgery, he can be found donating his time with R.E.S.T.O.R.E and delivering his award-winning motivational speech, Perseverance.