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Emla Cream (Lidocaine/Prilocaine)
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Emla Cream is a hot topic in and around the tattoo industry. Basically, it is a numbing cream that is applied to the surface of the skin. It is used to temporarily numb the surface of the skin before potentially painful medical procedures such as injections, taking blood and minor skin surgery.

Sooner or later you know people were going to start to ask if emla cream could be used to numb the skin to help with tattoo pain.
What you will find here is an objective view based on reader and artist feedback to see if elma cream is for you.

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There are basically 2 schools of thought on this subject. Those who think you should just suck it up and deal with the pain of being tattooed as part of the whole tattoo "experience", and those who think that if you can get help with the pain, why not do it?

Here are some actual e-mailed responses to this heated debate:

"i dont understand the issue with pain…i have tattooed myself, pierced myself, scarified myself. the only time i ever wished for a serious pain reliever was when my ear drum burst…suck it up or go get henna tats."

"i used emla yesterday for my first tattoo around my wrist, i left it on for 1 1/2 hours and i felt nothing! i was amazed and relieved that it worked! if you want a tattoo but are nervous about not knowing how it will feel, get some emla cream, its amazing!"

"thanks chris. been searching the web for some faith in a numbing cream (emla) for tats. getting my tattoo in a few days around my wrist and im a coward with pain so its nice to know u got ur tat and it didnt hurt. gonna get mine now. thanks a mil!"

"If you can't handle pain you shouldn't get a tattoo. Pain in a tattoo is relative because you are having a needle jabbed into your skin 100's -1000's of times a session. More often then not, Emla only numbs the 1st layer of skin, and a tattoo penetrates into the 2nd and 3rd layer. Which leaves pain in the 2nd-3rd layer. Thus, meaning you pretty much wasted your money and time getting the Emla.

So suck up the pain and get over it. It only hurts for a little bit!"

"Everyone has a different tolerance to pain and if you need something to take the hurt down a few notches who's to say weather or not you should?

I've had both my arms quarter sleeved and my thigh covered without any pain reliever, but I'm sure glad I had my EMLA for my love handles and arm pit.

If the end product is the same weather you use some kind of cream or not, what does it matter how you get there?

Its kinda like walking a path with a fork in the road. You can choose either path because they both end at the same spot, one path is just rockier then the other."

"Hi, I got 2 of my three tattoos with emla cream, my first tattoo was without any cream across my lower back and i nearly passed out, when I heard about this cream, I decided to chance another tattoo, This one is on the top of my back coming from my neck, its about the size as a 20 pack of smokes, black butterfly, I hardly felt anything, I was amazed! Very happy,
BUT my last tattoo was on the side of my foot, black only stars going up my foot, I applied the cream like the last time, but I felt the pain of the tattoo. Mabye because its very senitive there with not much flesh. It did ease the pain a little, it was just bare-able."

I highly recommend it!
Good luck!

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How to Use Emla Cream
  • EMLA Cream must be applied two hours before the procedure to the area that the artist plans to tattoo.
  • Before applying EMLA Cream, wash the skin in the area that the artist plans to tattoo with warm soapy water and a wash cloth. Rub the skin gently for a few minutes with the wash cloth to remove all dirt and oil from the skin.
  • The cream should be applied very thick (about 1\4 inch thick) to the site of the tattoo. You also need to apply the cream to the skin 1/2 inch past the area to be treated.
  • Cover the area with saran-wrap being careful not to press on the cream in order for it to remain thick.
  • Secure the edges of saran-wrap with medical tape to avoid leakage.

*Skin may remain numb for an hour or more after tattooing.

*Tattoo Tips Disclaimer*

Make sure to discuss your intentions with your tattoo artist to make sure they are O.K. with the use of numbing creams and/or if they are willing to do the tattoo in the first place.


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Do NOT use EMLA Cream if:

    * you are allergic to any ingredient in EMLA Cream or to other similar medicines
    * you have the blood disorder methemoglobinemia

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using EMLA Cream:

Some medical conditions may interact with EMLA Cream. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

    * if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
    * if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
    * if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substance
    * if you have severe liver disease, glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency, or a perforated ear drum
    * if you have been ill

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with EMLA Cream. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

    * Antiarrhythmics (eg, amiodarone, dofetilide, mexiletine, tocainide), beta-blockers (eg, propranolol), cimetidine, or other medicines containing lidocaine or prilocaine because the risk of side effects or toxic effects, including heart or nerve problems, may be increased
    * Acetaminophen, acetanilid, aniline dyes (eg, p-phenylenediamine), benzocaine, chloroquine, dapsone, naphthalene, nitrates (eg, nitroglycerin, isosorbide), nitrites (eg, sodium nitrite), nitrofurantoin, nitroprusside, pamaquine, para-aminosalicylic acid, phenacetin, phenobarbital, phenytoin, primaquine, quinine, or sulfonamides (eg, sulfamethoxazole) because the risk of side effects, including blood problems, may be increased
    * Succinylcholine because the risk of its side effects may be increased by EMLA Cream

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if EMLA Cream may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.