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How Do Tattoo Anesthetic Products Work?

We all know too well that whenever we hear the word tattoo, it is synonymous with the word pain. A lot of people do consider pain as the core of the entire tattoo process. You can even consider that getting through the pain is a bragging right!

However, there are still lots of people who love the idea of getting the tattoo but can’t stand the experience of having too much pain or are simply petrified by the thought of it. Fortunately, there’s a way for these people with low pain threshold to get inked. They’ve got the anesthetic cream, topical anesthetic gel, and topical anesthetic spray to thank for! How do tattoo anesthetics work? It is combined with other pain relief products to produce the maximum or desired effect.

Does It Really Work?

Yes, it does work! Even if it is just applied to the skin, the efficacy of a topical anesthetic cannot be denied and have been proven time and time again. There are lots of products that you can choose from. Whatever brand it is that you prefer, just make sure it contains one or more of these key ingredients: epinephrine, tatracaine, lidocaine, and benzocaine. Aside from the key ingredients, additives are also included in order to enhance the efficacy of the product. Comfrey root, green tea, menthol, and aloe are just some to name a few.

How Do Skin Numbing Anesthetic Products Work?

If you’ll check every over-the-counter topical anesthetic products available, you will notice that lidocaine is almost found on every one of them. It contains up to 5% of lidocaine. As the percentage increases, the more effective it is in numbing the nerve endings of the skin, thus making the tattoo process a lot more comfortable. Lidocaine also decreases the sensation of initial sting when the tattoo needle first hits the skin.

Epinephrine, on the other hand, is a powerful ingredient that works as a vasoconstrictor. It makes the blood vessels tight, therefore decreasing swelling and bleeding during the tattoo process. It’s a skin numbing anesthetic that should be used with caution because it can cause tachycardia or increased heart rate.

Not to be left out are enzocaine and tetracaine. Unlike lidocaine, these key ingredients acts as nerve blockers that prevent most of the pain signals to reach the brain. So instead of feeling pain on a level of 10, you probably will feel pain on a level of 5 or much much lower after applying a layer of anesthetic cream on your skin.

How Can We Use A Skin Numbing Anesthetic In Combination With Another Product?

You have to take note that it takes time for the skin to absorb the ingredients before it becomes fully effective. A topical anesthetic gel may work faster than others and other products may work best as boosters but when it comes to a topical anesthetic with epinephrine, frequent application should not be fostered because of its tachycardic effects.

Before the client goes to the tattoo shop or leave home from the tattoo shop, an initial application of anesthetic cream, gel, or spray should be made. To obtain maximum efficacy, a thick layer of product should be applied on the skin where a tattoo will be made. The area should be wrapped to encourage maximum absorption of key ingredients. It would take at least fifteen to sixty minutes for the intended effect will be felt.

While preparing the skin, wash it with an anesthtic soap to strengthen the effects of the topical anesthetic spray, gel, or cream that was applied earlier. The soap contains lidocaine and other ingredients that will act as a booster and makes the skin ready to be inked.

If the client has a very low threshold for pain, it would be advisable to apply a second layer of fast-acting topical anesthetic gel, cream, or spray because it can provide pain relief within ninety seconds to five minutes of application. It can be applied numerous times within the tattoo process to maintain a pain-free experience.

To Feel The Pain Or Go Pain-Free?

Well, this will all boil down to personal preference. A lot of tattoo artists and enthusiasts to believe that feeling pain is the most essential part of getting a tattoo but the final decision will always end up with you. Better work with an artist that is flexible and is willing to work on clients that are willing to have a tattoo with no pain products applied or is very open with the idea of you using a topical anesthetic spray. Because admit it, not all clients would be willing to go and experience level 10 of pain, right?