Thai student suffers painful scars after non-laser tattoo removal treatment

They say you should always think twice before getting a permanent tattoo on your body, but this Thai student warns you to think twice before removing a tattoo instead. 

Pasuda Reaw, 21, an arts student from Thailand, decided that she wanted to remove a tattoo on her chest to "look more professional at work", according to TheSun.

On Feb 4, she visited a clinic in Thailand that offered Rejuvi - a laser-free tattoo removal treatment that utilises chemicals to raise ink pigments to the surface of the skin, resulting in a scab that can be peeled off. 

According to DailyMail, the tattoo-removal procedure left Reaw with a stinging pain and itch, leaving her sleepless and teary-eyed all night.

Several days later, the area was filled with pus and her skin started to come off.

By March 2, she had peeled off the skin with the tattoo on it. The area then started scabbing hideously and eventually left a huge patch of pink, bumpy scar tissue on her chest. 

"What is left is worse than before. I do not recommend this treatment because it hurts so bad and takes a long time (to heal)," DailyMail quoted Reaw as saying. 

"Laser is a lot of money but I wish I had done that. At times the pain of the itching and the scar were unbearable."

Reaw's story caught the attention of various media outlets and E-raze, a distributor of Rejuvi chemical based in UK.

The spokesperson told Huffington Post: "There are a number of issues that are apparent from the outset, it is clear the treatment (done on Reaw) has not been performed to guidance or instruction we issue or utilise in the UK."

It was also reported that the manufacturer, Rejuvi Labs based in California, is investigating Reaw's case with its distributor in Thailand.

Her story was also voraciously shared on Facebook, with responses from netizens mostly criticising her rash decision.