Tattoos are again at the peak of its popularity, even though it is very painful.
When deciding to get a tattoo, we forget that it can be painful and even very painful. A different degree of pain awaits us, depending on the tattoo that we want to have on the body.
Now the news for those who want to get a tattoo and are afraid of hellish pain: you can ease the torment.
Can you use numbing cream before tattoo? Yes, you can!
There is nothing supernatural. You just need to use numbing cream.
The feature of this cream is that it has two types. The first one is a cream that you must apply before a tattoo appears on your skin. The second one is the gel or spray that you use after skin damage.
Numbing cream using is very important when your tattoo is placed on a very sensitive area, for example, on the elbow. In this case, you need to use anesthetic cream for this sensitive area.
The problem is that you can use the cream incorrectly and at the end of the tattoo, you will need to return to this.
So that you do not fall into trouble, we have explained how to use numbing cream before getting a tattoo and to be calm.
How To Use Numbing Cream
The goal of any numbing cream is to blunt the nerve endings. You must use the product correctly. Just a few simple steps and you will not be so hurt.
Step 1: Wash the skin on which the tattoo will be placed. Use warm water and soap, and then let the skin dry.
Step 2: Put on gloves before taking cream in your palm.
Step 3: Take a generous layer of cream on the skin and rub it into the area of the skin where the tattoo will be. How generous should the layer be? The cream thickness should be about 1 mm.
Step 4: Cover this area of skin with a film or gauze or something similar to both. Leave it covered for the next 45 minutes or even 1 hour.
Avoid the situation when the cream is on the skin for more than one hour. Reserve 1 hour before the tattoo artist begins work on the tattoo and apply the cream.
What will happen to the cream afterward? The tattoo artist will remove it with a damp cloth. After three to four hours of crazy pain, you need to apply numbing cream again in the same way.
What will I feel after use numbing cream?
The first 45 minutes: this is the time of maximum activity of the cream. You will feel zero or minimal pain (depending on your border of pain).
Next Hour is the time of reducing the numbing effect. It will happen more strongly in the next 1-2 hours.
It is important to keep in mind: some people experience incredible pain (as if they did not use any cream) after the cream has stopped to work.
Why Not Keep Numbing Cream Longer?
Just 1 hour is enough to not feel pain. If you hold the cream for longer you will also not feel pain (or feel less intense) like you hold the cream for 1 hour.
The opposite effect is possible. Too prolonged use of the cream can provoke exhaustion of nerves. That is why the process of applying a tattoo can become uncomfortable and even unbearable.
Keep the cream for 1 hour and this will be enough for better healing since the blood will come to this area in larger quantities.
Before using the cream, tell the tattoo artist that you want to use this. The tattoo artist should know not only about your intention but also about the brand that you are going to use.
You can ask the artist for advice. Alternatively, the tattoo artist could know the best one that you can use.
Why should a tattoo artist know that you would use numbing cream? Some artists refuse to work when the client uses cream. For example, a glycerin-based cream will interfere with a tattoo. Consult a tattoo artist before using the cream.
How Does Numbing Cream Work?
The action of numbing cream depends on what agents are in the compound. Numbing creams act on pain receptors in three ways:
The First Way Is A Nerve Blocker
The cream contains chemicals that reduce the pain signals sent by nerves to the brain.
If your cream works this way, you do not need to hope that the pain disappears completely. Also, such a cream does not penetrate deeply. Usually, people mix this type of cream and the next to get a good result.
Nerves continue to work but not as efficient if you had not used the cream at all.
Second way – Nervous Deadener
Such creams stop the work of nerves for a while. You will not feel pain using a similar cream because the nerves do not react to any pain.
The Third Way – Vasoconstrictors
Vasoconstrictors do not cause numbness. Its peculiarity is different because it causes blood vessels to contract. Therefore, it leads to a slowdown in blood flow.
The absorption of chemicals is inactive if the blood flow is slow. That is why people does not use this way without other creams so that the analgesic effect lasts longer.
You will notice that the amount of bleeding will decrease when using vasoconstrictors.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Numbing cream is no exception and could give you side effects, even bread give you allergies.
There will be no problems if you adhere to the recommendations. If you use too much cream or you have sensitive skin, the chance of getting side effects increases. You need to be careful if you have skin diseases.
Your skin may respond to an anesthetic cream. Consult your doctor before using.
You can meet skin irritation, redness, inflammation or swelling, itching, burning, and tingling when crossing the recommendations.
There are more important points you may do not know:
- Be sure to wear gloves when applying numbing cream and when you touch the cream. Your fingers may be numb.
- Your tattoo artist should also use gloves in contact with the cream. What a tattoo can be if the artist has numb fingers!
- Water-based cream is better than glycerin-based cream because it makes the skin less polished.
- Standard anesthetic creams contain lidocaine or prilocaine as the main ingredient.
It is easy to find the right cream that will relieve you of pain when you get a tattoo. You need to talk about this with the tattoo artist. And be careful to make the tattoo only a pleasant process for you.