A university student was left with significant scarring across her chest after an attempt to remove her tattoo using an alternative to laser treatments went horribly wrong. Pasuda Reaw, 21, posted pictures of her ordeal on Instagram as a warning to others.
As reported by the Daily Mail, Reaw became interested in removing the tattoo on her chest as a means for looking more professional while at work. She chose a product called Rejuvi, a chemical tattoo removal method created by Rejuvi Laboratory California.
Speaking about the treatments, Reaw said, “At first Rejuvi seemed like a good way to remove the tattoo,” continuing, “I did not want to use lasers.”
Reaw was looking at Rejuvi as an option since it was a lower cost option compared with most laser treatments.
Using Rejuvi involves a process that is similar to getting a tattoo, with the skin being punctured by a needle and the chemical being applied. The intent is to draw the ink out of the skin, allowing it to be captured in the ensuing scab. Typically, the entire removal process takes three or four sessions.
“I began treatment and I immediately it was itchy and hurting a lot. The skin has taken a long time to come off. It was like torture, and I could not sleep.”
While the process typically fades the tattoo at an accelerated rate, Reaw quickly showed signs of significant irritation and, after a time, an infection. She even described being in “torturous pain” as a result of the treatment. Eventually, the entire treated space peeled off, removing the tattoo completely and leaving a highly visible scar. The entire ordeal took about two months.
“What is left is worse than before,” said Reaw. “I do not recommend this treatment because it hurts so bad and takes a long time.”