Solving Pre-Wedding Tattoo Regrets - Rejuvi Versus Laser Tattoo Removal

Posted on the 01 November 2010 at 09:31

Tattoos are an expression of oneself at a given time in life. As life changes, tattoos may become a burden and no longer appropriate.

There are many different reasons for wanting a tattoo removed that range from not being happy with the artwork to simply having made a bad decision is the haste of youth. A life changing event can trigger a desire to have them removed. Perhaps the most common event is a Wedding. The bride wants to look PERFECT on her day and an unwanted tattoo can influence her choice of dresses. A bride can feel limited as to what she can wear on her special day by not wanting to show off her unwanted body art.

Another common occurrence is that a bride may need to opt for a special cultural dress such as a Sari, but may have a tattoo which she has kept a secret from her family. In this case, the bride has no choice in her dress and needs to have her tattoo removed for very personal and cultural reasons.

Although there internet is full of lotions and potions that promise to remove tattoos the fact is that there are only two method that will work and both need to be done by a trained professional. The only proven methods for tattoo removal are Laser Tattoo Removal and Rejuvi Tattoo Removal.

Laser is highly effective on black tattoos but will not remove green or red no matter what they tell you when they are trying to sell you a package of six sessions. Red and Green do not come out with laser, not in 6, 10, 20 or 1000 sessions. 

The advantage of Laser is that the after care is relatively easy compared to the non laser alternative and if done correctly, it is highly effective.  You should see your tattoo fade by 30% each time you have a treatment. This does not mean that it will come out in 4 treatments, it means that it will be 30% of what it was before that treatment. On average, you will be looking at between 10 and 20 sessions to erase a black tattoo. Laser is not without after effects and will leave the skin very susceptible to skin cancer so sun block is a must. The area will also never tan again.
The biggest problem with laser is that companies want to sell a block of sessions making it a very expensive proposition. Once the money has been invested,  there is the issue that the technician can turn down the pulsations ensuring more sessions are needed. Thus prolonging the process and the expense.

If the tattoo has colours, the only option is the Rejuvi Non Laser removal.  It’s highly effective specially in the body area but less effective if the tattoo is in the extremities like arms and legs. On average you will need 5 to 10 treatments with Rejuvi depending on how stubborn your tattoo is.  

It will require less treatments than laser and some say that it hurts less although the jury is out on that.

The big risk with Rejuvi is the scaring. Any technician that tells you that you will absolutely NOT SCAR is not being honest. The possibility of scaring has to do with two factors, the genetic predisposition to scaring and the skill of the technician. There are technicians promising to remove the tattoo in one Rejuvi treatment….perhaps…..but they will also leave you with a scar.  Rejuvi is formulated to remove the tattoos gently and in several treatments. Ask for before and after pictures and ask if you can speak to any of their clients. Rejuvi technicians form a tight relationship with their clients by the very nature of their work and most have clients that are more than happy to speak about their experiences.

Stay away from tattoo parlours offering Rejuvi…Tattoo Removal is an art form in itself but very different to tattoing. The same heavy hand of a tattoo artist that ensures beautiful work can leave scars when using Rejuvi. A better alternative is a micropigmentation specialist or a medical tattooist.

Which ever method is right for you, your skin will never go back to pre tattoo condition. Rejuvi will leave a small shadow even if the best of cases whilst laser could leave you with a burn like scar or best case a “ghost”.

Do your research,  get recommendations, and be very careful with your treatment provider. A reputable clinic will never make you feel pressured into agreeing to have treatment or paying over the top for it. A reputable clinic will help you through the process, make you feel at ease and not give you any assurances they can’t keep. There are no easy answers with tattoo removal and if anyone paints you a rose garden…it’s a fairly good indication to try someone else.

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Blog Comment(s) [7]

I find this article misleading.

Laser is the gold standard for tattoo removal. It may not be 100% perfect for everyone but this is as good as it gets. Research is ongoing on picosecond lasers which will improve results further.

Laser will not always cause permanent hypopigmentation although it is a risk for darker skin types. Lasers do not make you more prone to skin cancer. Any tattoo removal technique that is non selective is outdated - example injections or destructive therapies.

I have removed dark tattoos with q-switched Nd-Yag laser in 3 sessions without any side-effects and 100% perfect outcome. We must remember that all lasers are not the same and the best tattoo removal lasers are the most expensive lasers out there.

Also to say that a clinician will delibrately turn the power down to get more sessions is frankly malpractice and unethical.

Dr Sanjay Gheyi |

I agree with Sanjay, in that I find this article most misleading and wholly factually incorrect.

I have carried out laser tattoo removal in my own clinic, and whilst working for one of the large nationwide laser clinic chains for some 17 years, and was part of the advent of the new generation Q-Switched lasers, when they came to the UK back in 1992-93.

Q-Switched Nd:Yag and Q-Switched Alexandrite lasers effectively treat tattoos without the complications stated in the article. Of course, there will always be some tattoos that do not respond as well as others, and with experience (and the right equipment) a practitioner can usually take an educated guess as to how a particular tattoo will respond to laser treatment. Some colours are more difficult than others, but to state that red will not respond, no matter how many treatments are delivered, is absolutely incorrect.

I am certainly not aware of any (medically qualified) colleagues in our industry who would carry out the blantantly unethical procedure of altering fluences simply to ensure more sessions are required.

I have treated over 10,000 tattoos during my 17 year career using lasers, and have had very successful results with many coloured tattoos, including red, black blue and green. Purple is difficult to treat, and so are whites, yellows and browns.

95% of the time, the skin returns to its normal state after treatment, and the risk of scarring is minimal. After Nd:Yag treatment, the skin will usually tan again, but hypopigmentation is more common in darker skin types, and after using KTP (532nm) for treatment of red ink.

Perhaps Lorena would like to let us all know the clinical evidence she is referring to in her blog, and which lasers she has experience with using? I would certainly like to know why she feels that colours will "never" respond and why black tattoos regularly take 20 treatments?

For the record, I am the Clinical Nurse Specialist for Candela lasers in the UK and have a large portfolio of tattoo removal "before and after" photographs, of treatments I have carried out over the last 2 decades, none of which are showing the scarring, hypopigmentation or poor results referred to in this blog.

Mary White

Thank you Mary for your comments

The issue of laser removal and colour is one that is very much open for debate. The fact is that a lot of research is going into developing a laser that can read all of the colours…the technology is just not there yet. As you point out, the closest we can get to perfection is with the ND Yag and Q switched laser but these are not without side effects.

These side effects can be minimised only with experience using the lasers but also using the right laser. A person should not expect to get the same results from a cheap Chinese machine than they would from a state of the art machine which I’m sure you use. Nor should they expect to get the same result from one of the very few people in the UK with your level of experience than from one of the chains popping up every day doing removals with un- experienced technicians. This problem is now going to be compounded by the fact that use lasers have been de-regularised and any tattoo shop will be able to provide treatment with minimal training. I can not, understand, why our government has decided that this was a good idea……????

On the issue of the amount of treatments, I mention anywhere from 10 to 20 treatments. I think you would agree that 20 treatments would not be unreasonable for cover up tattoos, where you have ink, on top of ink, on top of ink. These are very difficult to shift, no matter what method you use.

Laser is a very good choice for tattoo removal but great care should be taken when choosing your technician. I stand behind that the skin will never go back to original condition. It would be unrealistic to expect so with such an invasive procedure. An experienced technician can minimise the side effects when using the right tool but people need to go into this, and any other procedure, fully aware of possible consequences, including ink poisoning which is never mentioned. To claim otherwise…would indeed…be very misleading.

Lorena Öberg |

Our clinic offers both Rejuvi and laser tattoo removal treatments ensuring we can offer the best of both worlds.

Our experience is that both forms of tattoo removal can be very successful and to state one methods has increased risk of scaring of the other has not been our experience. Of course both methods run the risk of scaring and this is often down to the workmanship of the technician. We see very few results of scaring in either method and find that many clients had originally been scarred at the time of tattooing yet this is more than often not appreciated (you can simply test for this by softly running your fingers over the tattooed area feeling for differences in the skin).

Also you state that Rejuvi will leave a small shadow even if the best of cases whilst laser could leave you with a burn like scar or best case a ghost. Yes this happens from time to time but in the very vast majority of cases this is not the result. One has to remember that in the right hands tattoo removal can be very effective, however we rarely hear about the good work that is going on out there and only hear about the problems. Both methods of tattoo removal have had some bad press due to poorly experienced/trained operators yet we see 1000's of satisfied clients each year. Its important to ensure you have an indepth consultation before proceeding with either method to ensure your technician fully understands your medical history and tattoo removal requirements, from here they can recommend the best course of treatment for you.

We see many clients that have been to other parlours and seen poor laser results and many suggest that they think they have been exploited and the 'laser has been turned down to increase treatments'. We're not sure if this is true yet fully understand that poorly maintained laser equipment can loose its effectiveness over time (many poorly trained technicians don't understand this) and this is really why some clients see poor results.

Good blog and some realistic reply we think.

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Fernando Perez


My forearm tattoo was a combination of black, red and green. It was successfully removed using the Q-Switched Ruby Laser. I therefore refute your claim that 'laser will not remove remove red or green no matter what they tell you'

Bob Martin, Member Since 29 April 2019