Can You Use Numbing Cream Before Laser Tattoo Removal?

Can You Use Numbing Cream Before Laser Tattoo Removal?

The main concern for people who choose laser tattoo removal is pain. Some people can tolerate the sensation of tattoo removal, but it may be intolerable for others. Pain responses are varied, and some body parts may be more sensitive than others. Fortunately, there are ways for you to minimize the pain. 

Numbing the Skin Before Tattoo Removal


Tattoo removal specialists typically provide some type of skin numbing before the procedure. It helps soothe the skin, making the client as comfortable as possible. There are various options to numb the skin, and they include:

  • Numbing creams

  • Ice packs

  • Cold air machines

  • Injectable anesthetics

The practitioner can recommend the best option for each patient depending on the size and location of the tattoo. The numbing options may also differ when it comes to cost.  

Using Numbing Cream


Some individuals choose to apply numbing cream before tattoo removal. While the cream may not eliminate the pain, it will reduce it. Some tattoo removal specialists have a numbing cream that they apply at an extra cost. 

There are different types of numbing creams on the market, and some people choose to bring their own kind. The creams are available in over-the-counter and prescription formulations. Talk to the specialist before applying numbing cream before the removal. 

When to Apply Numbing Cream


Timing is crucial when applying a numbing cream. It is vital to realize that the numbing cream will wear off. It can take about one hour for the effects of the cream to work. Some people choose to apply the cream at home before they go for the procedure. 

It may be convenient depending on how soon you get to the removal clinic. The best time to do it may be at the clinic, before the procedure. Talk to a specialist about the best product to use. 

Skin Reactions from Numbing Cream


Some people experience an adverse reaction to different numbing cream products. It may help to test the cream on a small part of your skin to check the reaction. Check with the laser removal professional before using any numbing cream. 

The removal specialist may suggest a different skin-numbing option like ice packs that work within minutes. Ice packs are convenient and easy to use and are a cost-effective option before and after treatment.  

How Effective Are Numbing Creams?


There are mixed opinions on the effectiveness of numbing creams during laser tattoo removal. While some people believe they work, others are more skeptical. The creams only numb the skin’s top layer and do not get deep enough. The pain experienced during tattoo removal occurs when the laser shatters the ink below the surface. 

Numbing creams do not go deep enough to mask most of the pain and can swell the skin. The fact that the creams take a while to take effect and must be applied in advance is another disadvantage. 

The benefit of using numbing cream is that people can use it in addition to other numbing methods. Creams are easy to use and are readily available. 

To find out whether you can use numbing cream before laser removal, visit at our office in Sacramento, California. You can call (916) 600-4428 to schedule an appointment today.


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