Steer clear of removal products which are inserted into the skin!
Something had recently been bought to my attention and up until now I was completely unaware that it existed. I am unsure as to if any of you have heard about ‘Rejuvi’ or ‘E-rase’ tattoo removal but it has been around for quite some time now but this was the first I was hearing of it.
I had heard that it left people terribly scarred along with large open yucky wounds and was very intrigued and felt the need to research this topic.
**Please note that the following is my personal opinion based on what I have researched online through websites along with public forums and blogs. I have never seen or used this product first hand and this is my opinion based on my findings.
Upon visiting several E-raze and Rejuvi website’s I was surprised to see after what I had heard that they were pretty confident on their product being a safe and efficient way to remove tattoo’s without laser so naturally I wanted to know more. This procedure is carried out by using a machine much similar to a tattoo gun. The machine uses a needle to inject an ‘inorganic chemical’ which consists of alkaline earth metal oxides and transitional metal oxides which are incompatible with our skin so that the skin repels or rejects the chemical. Once injected into the skin the chemical is designed to blend with and capture the original tattoo ink which then forms into a thicker substance which the skin can then easily push out. So basically they are injecting a foreign substance into the skin which then bonds with the ink particles and eventually your bodies natural reaction is to fight it and push it out. Once the ink is pushed out if forms a scab on top of the skin which will eventually fall off.
My question is why on earth would you even consider injecting a foreign substance under your skin which is blatantly stated ‘incompatible’ to the skin, something that is incompatible is clearly not meant to be in your skin and can’t be any good for you. Second of all; hold the phone … ‘inorganic chemical’ – CHEMICAL ? Why would you want to inject anything associated with chemicals into your skin!? I’m not sure if it is just me but it just seems like there is no logic to this … yes, it will remove your tattoo by forcing it out of this skin but chemicals and foreign incompatible substances are needed to do this so why would you want to risk putting that into your body?
After some more research I found out this tattoo removal method is actually offered in little old New Zealand (however I am unsure how common it is here), to which I was very surprised because I had just presumed this would be something used in big shot countries which is when I decided to share my findings to alert anyone thinking about trying this product.
This product is claimed to be much less painful then laser, cheaper and with less sessions which obviously sounds appealing right ? However I found that prices in NZ start from $200 and vary depending on size and the number of sessions needed. Where as the price for laser tattoo removal in our clinic starts from only $75 per session, I am unsure as to how this is a cheaper option? Maybe because you need less treatments in the long run yes? They recommend you will need between 3-4 treatments and with laser we can say anything between 4-6 as a rough guideline however some people have needed as little as 2-3 and some people have needed more than 6, it comes down to the individual as i’m sure it does with this product too. Their waiting times in between treatments are roughly about 8-12 weeks with ours being reasonably similar if not less for some people. Which means that laser tattoo removal is not much more of a lengthy procedure in fact its reasonably similar treatment and time wise. So that narrows it down to the pain. In our clinic we use a pain management machine which helps to minimize pain and make the experience as comfortable as possible, paired with numbing cream the experience will be almost painless (tried and tested by myself) So how much does this other treatment hurt then? Well, from my findings, quite a lot actually.
I had visited many online forums and discussions along with blogs of people who have had this procedure done and 90% of them claim to have felt very considerable pain as once the tattoo raised out the skin they were left with a horrible open wound which then left them with red, lumpy and raised hypertropic scars! A lot of other people complained about intense itching and very red raised veins. However the main complaint was the incredible pain and the horrific scarring that they will now be left with for life. Many had visited dermatologists who had told them there was nothing they could do for them that the scarring was unfortunately permanent. Many people have said how the after care is disgusting and utterly horrible and some wounds had taken months to heal and were then left with scars larger than the tattoo originally was leaving them looking much worse than when they started.
Many people from America have been threatening to sue after being told there would be no scarring and being left with these horrific life changing scars. I had also seen people in Australia taking legal action against the companies these treatments came from.
Once again I would like to state that this is my own personal opinion on these products from research I have conducted on the matter, I have never used these products nor seen the outcome in real life other than what I have read through other peoples experiences. This product may have improved since, however I am only going from what I have seen and read and from what I have seen and read I would highly recommend doing your research and being very cautious when it comes to such treatments or stick to laser tattoo removal which is 100% safe and will not leave you scarred when a high quality up to date laser is used! Worst case scenario is blister spots which if treated following aftercare instructions will disappear within a few days and cause no troubles. A very low risk worst case scenario would be pigmentation spots which is the lightening or darkening or the skin which is very rare and is always explained during consultation.