Topical Anesthetics- Reduce the Pain and Discomfort of the Tattoo Removal Process.
Topical anesthetics aid itching, deaden nerve endings and can provide local pain relief to the skin. To ease the pain of injections or needle sticks, topical anesthetics can also numb the skin before needle insertion, though it can take awhile for the numbing effect to work.
The combination of tetracaine, adrenaline (epinephrine), and cocaine, better known as TAC, was the first topical agent available for analgesia of the skin. Cocaine has since been replaced with lidocaine (since it is an illegal in most countries)in a newer formulation called LET (lidocaine, epinephrine, and tetracaine).
EMLA (eutectic mixture of local anesthetics) is perhaps the most well-known topical anesthetic for use on intact skin. EMLA can be used to anesthetize the skin before intramuscular injections, venipuncture, and simple skin procedures such as curettage or biopsy. It is also useful for deadening the skin for skin and tattoo removal.
How To Apply The Numbing Cream
1. Purchase a topical numbing cream.
2. Wash the area receiving laser treatment with soap and water. Dry area completely.
3. Apply a thick amount of numbing cream to the area and rub in thoroughly.
4. Now that the cream has been rubbed into the tattoo, place an additional, thin layer of cream over the area.
5. Cover the cream with plastic wrap (saran wrap). The heat under the plastic wrap helps activate the cream. and keeps the cream form drying off.
6. Leave the plastic wrap on until it is removed by the professional before the procedure.
Tips & Warnings
• Leave the cream on the skin longer for better result. Don't remove the saran wrap until you feel the numbing effect.