Rejuvi frequently asked questions
Frequently asked questions
How much will it cost to get my tattoo removed? I have permanent make up, can this system remove that?
Where can I get treatment? Can all pigments be removed?
Does it Hurt? How many treatments will it take to remove my tattoo?
Does it work? How frequently can I have the treatment?
Will it leave a permanent scar? How soon will I see the results?
How long does a treatment take? Can I have this treatment if I've had laser treatment?
What's in the removal cream? I just got this tattoo and I instantly hate it, what can I do?
If you tattoo the removal cream in does this mean it gets left in the body rather than the tattoo? I'm getting married, job interview etc. next month can I get rid of this by then?
Is this treatment is suitable for me? Are there any lasting side effects?
I have a home made tattoo, will this system work on that? Who developed the removal cream?

How much will it cost to get my tattoo removed?
Please see the pricing chart on the right for an approximate idea on recommended prices. For example if you have a small tattoo around the size of a 10p or 50p piece then the price will likely be £60 or €80 per treatment. However to get a correct estimate it will be necessary to visit your intended studio as prices vary from location to location and on the amount of work required.

Prices include treatment for multiple separate areas as long as all the treatments can be carried out at the same time, for example to remove multiple small tattoos on hands or wrists etc would be £60, or €80

If you have a very large tattoo that requires treatment, it is best to be treated in multiple small sections.

For this reason we cannot give quotes over the phone or by email it will be best to contact your local studio for a consultation and to obtain a firm quote. (Top)

Where can I get treatment?
There are studios throughout the UK and channel Islands where this treatment is available, please see our treatment map to find a studio close to you. This treatment is also available in many other parts of the world including USA, Australia and the EU if you require more information on these regions please contact us.
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Does it hurt?
The treatment is very similar to being tattooed. The Clinics may also be able to apply topical anaesthetic to help numb the skin prior to treatment, please enquire about this at your chosen clinic.
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Does it work?
Due to the unique nature of every tattoo removal cannot be guaranteed, however the success rate of body tattoo removal is around 92% while for permanent cosmetics is 100%. Based on data from cosmetic dermatology trial 2001, (removal defined as no appreciable colour remaining after 1 treatment). New treatment methods now use multiple treatments over a greater timeframe for better results and lower risk. The eventual success can be effected by the condition and circumstances of the original tattoo. For technical information on the removers formulation and function please see relevant information in the professional section.
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Will it leave a permanent scar?
There is no method, product or technology in existence that can remove a permanent body tattoo without some risk that scarring will occur. As with any process that breaks the skin there can be a risk of scarring. The removal process is well tolerated by the skin and the scarring rate in a published series of 98 patients (Cosmetic Dermatology April, 2001) was 0% for permanent makeup and 6% for body tattoos compared to laser with a 5% chance that a permanent scar will form**. New treatment methods are more conservative so the risk of scarring is reduced. Usually if you did not suffer any complications when the tattoo was originally applied, do not suffer from hypertrophy or keloid scarring and the treated area is cared for properly then the risk of scarring should be minimal. If the original tattoo has been applied poorly, (tattoo is scarred or raised or has become very blurred) or other methods of removal have been attempted removal can be more liable to scarring. There are certain areas, skin types and circumstances which typically have low tolerance to skin trauma and healing and scar tissue formation are more of a concern. There are also a number of preventative measures that can be used to further reduce risks in these circumstances. Please see our dedicated section on this for more information or discuss this with your technician.
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How long does a treatment take?
A treatment takes around 45 to 60 minutes to cover a 2x2 inch square area 5x5cm2.
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What's in the removal cream?
The removal cream has been specifically developed for the purpose of removing tattoos by bonding with the tattoo ink and causing its expulsion from the body. The remover is inorganic thus it cannot be absorbed or broken down by the body. It is also a mild alkaline solution (9.5-9.8 ph Many of the ingredients can be found in common food and cosmetic products. The ingredients in order of quantity are as follows Water (carrier solution), zinc oxide, magnesium oxide, calcium oxide (inorganic oxides to bond with pigment particles), n-propanol (solvent for drying), Triethlaomine (PH balancer), benzoic acid (Product preservative). Only a very small amount of cream is required per treatment typically less than 2-3ml most of which does not penetrate the skin, exposure is minimal and chemical concentrations in the cream present little or no risk. The treatment has been approved by various health and safety officers around the UK. For more data on the remover formulation please see the section for professional information.
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If you tattoo the removal cream in does this mean it gets left in the body rather than the tattoo?
No, the removal cream is designed to bond with the tattoo ink and extract the ink to the skin surface. It does not replace the tattoo and it does not remain in the skin. It is not a skin coloured cover up tattoo.
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Is this treatment is suitable for me?
The treatment is suitable for most people, however a through consultation is carried out prior to any treatment. Generally if you have tolerated the original tattoo process then this treatment is very similar. Treatment should not be carried out during pregnancy or breast feeding (due to aftercare considerations such as potential infections and medications). Certain other medical conditions may be a bar to treatment, make it necessary to postpone treatment or seek further clarification from your GP. Darker skin types are more prone to keliod scarring and this process is not recommended for those whose skin type is 5-6 on the Fitzpatrick skin type test. This can be discussed at the consultation process.
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I have a home made tattoo, will this system work on that?
Yes, usually the ink in home made tattoos is less resilient than that used in professionally applied tattoos and can be removed very easily, however unlike professional tattoos ink depth can be very random which may make additional treatments necessary.
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I have permanent make up, can this system remove that?
Yes this treatment will completely remove permanent make up, the only place its not suitable for is sensitive areas near the eyes, or where there is a risk of moisture contamination (lips).
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Can all pigments be removed?
Yes the process acts upon all pigments equally, unlike laser which is ineffective against certain pigments. The success rate of tattoo colour removal is 100% for permanent makeup and over 92% for body tattoos.
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How many treatments will it take to remove my tattoo?
On average most tattoos can be removed in three to four treatments depending on size and location. However as every tattoo is different this can vary from less to more treatments, depending on tattoo condition and circumstances. Large tattoos will need to be broken down into sections for treatment. Continuous bands (arm band) cannot be treated in one session.
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How frequently can I have the treatment?
It will generally take around 2 to 3 weeks from the initial treatment for most of the crusting to fall away, normally after around eight to twelve weeks the area is healed sufficiently for further treatment. You may also take breaks in the treatment without effecting the outcome.
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How soon will I see the results?
This treatment is very effective at removing body tattoos and permanent makeup. The crust that forms over the area should primarily take on the colour's of the underlying tattoo, as the crust falls away it will take the unwanted tattoo ink with it. It is likely that parts of the tattoo will be almost completely gone on just the first treatment. Your tattoo can be completely removed in just a matter of months, compared to years that it takes with laser.
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Can I have this treatment if I've had laser treatment?
It is possible to treat tattoos that have previously undergone laser treatment. However laser can cause chemical changes in the pigments and sub-dermal scarring which can effect the e-raze treatment. It is perfectly safe to have laser or other treatments on your tattoo after it has been treated with the e-raze system once suitably healed. If you have recently had laser treatment then it will be necessary to wait eight to twelve weeks for it to heal before treatment.
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I just got this tattoo and I instantly hate it, what can I do?
The remover can be applied mid tattoo for immediate reversal, if you are in the middle of getting artwork applied which is not what you specified or imagined then stop and discuss this with the artist. Once the skin has resealed, then unfortunately the skin must be allowed to recover from the process which takes around eight to twelve weeks. Treatment to early may cause unnecessarily high trauma to the skin which can lead to scarring.
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I'm getting married, job interview etc. next month can I get rid of this by then?
While the treatment is very fast, unfortunately its not a magic wand. As a sequence of treatments are normally required and the area will take at least six months after finishing treatment to begin to return to normal you can reasonably expect for it to take at least twelve months or more to resolve a tattoo. Otherwise you may reduce the visibility of a tattoo which may make it easier to temporarily cover up with make up. Employers may look favourably upon your circumstances if you are already undergoing removal, although we would recommend you discuss this directly with them before embarking on any treatment.
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Are there any lasting side effects?
There have been no lasting side effects documented arising out of the removal treatment. The area may be sore for around a week after treatment and following the final treatment the area may appear slightly redder however this should fade to the normal skin colour after a few months. None of the cases in the Cosmetic Dermatology April, 2001 study of 98 patients demonstrated destruction of the skin's natural pigment unlike laser where hypo pigmentation and hyper pigmentation can be more common.
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Who developed the removal cream?
The tattoo removal cream is developed by Rejuvi Laboratory San Francisco which was founded in 1988 by Dr. Wade Cheng, a distinguished and renowned biochemist in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Cheng has an extensive multi-disciplinary background in biochemistry, pharmacology, chemical engineering and Oriental herbalogy. Working closely with his former professor, Dr. Arthur Furst, a leading research scientist, the team created the Rejuvi product line, Rejuvi Plus Botanical line and Rejuville Anti-aging hair care line. In collaboration with the leading Scandinavian skincare expert - Marie Evertson, the unique Rejuvi professional treatment line and the extensive home care line were developed and are successfully used in salons and spas throughout the world. To see the full range of advanced skin and hair care products available see rejuvi.co.uk Rejuvi Laboratory Inc., is an integrated cosmetic laboratory with ongoing research, development and production capabilities. Combining advanced biochemistry, the latest dermatological research, natural herbalogy and modern cosmetic chemistry, Rejuvi Laboratory Inc. provides a unique synergistic approach in the world of cosmetics and produces the most advanced skin, body and hair rejuvenation products available today. (Top)

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Recommended Treatment Prices:

2.5 x 2.5 cm
(1x1 inch)
Solid colour
£60
€80

5 x 2.5 cm
(2x1 inch)
Solid colour
£110
€140

7.5 x 2.5 cm
(3x1 inch)
Solid colour
£140
€180

5 x 5 cm
(2x2 inch)
Solid colour
£170
€220

7.5 x 5 cm
(3x2 inch)
Solid colour
£200
€255

7.5 x 7.5 cm
(3x3 inch)
Solid colour
£230
€300

Add £30 per square inch of block colour.
Prices are for guidance only and are based on the areas given being solid blocks of colour, a firm price can be established upon sight of the tattoo. Prices may vary depending on your chosen treatment centre and do not include any special offers or incentives.
Please note this table is not actual size.

Understanding your tattoo.
Today's professional body tattoos use oxide based pigments such as iron oxide, chromium oxide, titanium dioxide. These are placed into the dermis normally using a tattoo machine. A tattoo machine is simply a group of sharp needles that moves up and down in a controlled manner to open the skin and allow the pigment in. Ink type and particle size are important factors of how a tattoo functions within the body and how we can remove them.

Organic vs inorganic.
Organic substances are those which will break down in the body and can be broken down by metabolic processes. For example if a water based pigment were used the pigment would quickly be absorbed and broken down by the body and would disappear very quickly, different organic substances may decay or disperse at different rates, and organic pigments have been tried for "semi- permanent" tattoos. However fading is unpredictable.

Inorganic substances are those which do not break down in the skin or body, they are not bio-compatible. Tattoo pigments fall into this category. Once introduced into the skin they will remain there literally forever. Tattoo's have even been found on fossilised remains!

Rejuvi Tattoo remover is also inorganic thus cannot be absorbed or broken down by the body.

Tattoo removal treatment
The actual removal treatment is very similar to the original tattoo process and uses the similar techniques and equipment.
Rejuvi Removal Phases

1

Original tattoo.
2 Treated tattoo a week after treatment, a thick crust has formed containing the tattoo pigment.
3 Treated area after one month, area still shows substantial redness.

4

Treated area five months after all treatments are complete, skin has returned to normal.

Tattoo pigment size.
Tattoo pigments must be a particular size to remain within the body. When a tattoo is initially applied particles that are too large are ejected shortly afterwards. The smaller particles are too small to be forced out but are moved by the immune system, (studies indicate that the excess pigment ends up in the lymph nodes). The remaining particles are too small to be forced out while too large for the immune system to act upon, thus they will remain in the skin. Your body is always aware of the presence of foreign matter, and will then work over a period of years to coat the pigments in cells to protect itself. These effects are what causes a tattoo to dull over a period of years.

Also as time passes the pigments may begin to leech into the fat cells in the dermis, this is a particular problem if the tattoo has been applied to deeply. This will cause a tattoo to become blurry and indistinct.

If you would like to learn more about tattoos please click here.

eyebrow before
This lady originally had permanent cosmetics applied (the upper eyebrow) but was unhappy with it's unnatural location. She subsequently had more permanent makeup (the lower eyebrow) thus ended up with double eyebrows!
eyebrow after
Rejuvi tattoo remover was used to remove the unwanted upper eyebrows.
arm before
A relatively new tattoo on the upper arm.
arm after
After removal, the name was kept.

Comparison of removal methods.

Laser
Laser effects removal by firing very high energy but very short pulses of light at specific wavelengths at the tattoo pigment. This superheats the ink particle causing shockwave's and for the particle to break down. As the particle breaks into smaller parts which usually after a number of successive treatments the immune system can then forage and remove.

What are the drawbacks of Laser?
Unfortunately all ink pigments do not respond the same way to the laser energy. Black and dark pigments can absorb the energy well and therefore the particle breaks down easily. Even so it will still realistically take a dozen or so treatments to effect removal. Lighter colours yellow, blues, reds, greens etc. however do not absorb the energy nearly so well, much more of the energy is reflected so the particle does not break down nearly so easily and in some cases hardly at all.

Laser try's to overcome some of these hurdles by using different wavelengths or colours however while some removal may initially occur as the particles become smaller they also become increasing difficult for the laser to act upon.

It is not physically possible to further increase the energy output of the laser as the skin surrounding the pigment only has a finite capacity to withstand this before burning and excessive skin trauma becomes a problem.

Laser treatment also destroys the melanin and melanin generating cells within the skin thus after a series of treatments the area becomes permanently white and will no longer tan like surrounding skin.

Lasers are also commonly used to effect laser hair removal. Laser treatment destroys the hair follicle causing permanent hair loss on the area.

Another potential side effect of laser removal according to the European Joint Research Committee and published in a 2003 report is that using laser against certain azo dyes releases carcinogenic amines into the blood stream for transport around the body. (azo colourants have been banned in the EU for consumer goods since sept 2003, however tattoos that predate this may contain this colourant typically used in yellows, oranges and reds).

Compared to using Rejuvi.
Rejuvi works in a completely different way, its function is designed to bond with the tattoo ink pigment making a larger substance the skin can easily eject. The remover is designed to act upon a range of the oxide based pigment substrates thus the actual pigment colour does not matter.

The treatment takes less treatments and is far faster to achieve removal.

The remover does not act upon the melanin or hair follicles in the skin thus tanning and hair growth is also unaffected.

What are the drawbacks of Rejuvi?
As the Rejuvi process relies on breaking the skin to access the pigments the skin trauma is slightly different and the aftercare process is more critical and more complex such as avoiding infections.

After treatment
You should be sure before undertaking treatment that the aftercare is something you can abide by. Otherwise this may impact the treatment and results obtained. See our aftercare section for more information on this.

Other removal methods.
There are many other methods that are effective for tattoo removal such as surgery, abrasion, chemical peels and home applied remedies. These vary enormously in cost and effectiveness for more information on other methods please click here.

Before treatment
It is important that you do not consume alcohol before treatment. If any quantity of alcohol is consumed treatment may not be possible as it affects the thickness of the blood and prevents proper clotting, this can also effect the effectiveness of the treatment. We recommend that you eat well before treatment as usually during the tattoo process blood sugar levels can drop leading to dizziness or feelings of nausea and sickness.

** Quoted figures are based on trials of a series of 98 patients published in Cosmetic Dermatology April, 2001. It should be noted that the treatment method used in these trials was different than that currently employed by e-raze for the majority of treatments.

During the trial tattoo and permanent make removal was attempted in one session using multiple passes of tattooing and cream application (6-10 times). No subsequent treatments were administered after the healing process to attempt removal of any remaining pigment.

The e-raze method applies the same principle technique however only 2 passes are involved per treatment reducing discomfort and the potential chance of scarring. Further treatments are subsequently administered at intervals of no less than four weeks until all pigment is removed or subsequent treatments would prove ineffective.

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