Does Numbing Cream work for Tattooing?

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Does numbing cream work for tattooing?

Numbing cream can be used to reduce the pain associated with tattooing. The cream works by temporarily numbing the area of the skin where the tattoo will be applied. How long the numbing lasts is dependent open how much lidocaine is in the cream. The most common numbing cream used for tattooing is lidocaine, which can be applied to the skin before the tattooing process to reduce pain and discomfort.

It's important to note that not all numbing creams are created equal and some may be more effective than others. It's also important to note that the effectiveness of numbing creams can vary from person to person.

It's also important to note that numbing cream is not suitable for everyone, and some people may have allergic reactions or other side effects. It's important to test the cream on a small patch of skin before using it on a larger area, and always follow the instructions of the cream and the recommendations of the tattoo artist.

It's important to note that numbing cream does not completely eliminate the pain of tattooing, but it can make it more bearable. The sensation of tattooing can still be felt, but the pain can be reduced significantly.

Ultimately, the use of numbing cream during tattooing is a personal decision, and it's important to discuss the option with your tattoo artist and consider your individual pain tolerance and any allergies or sensitivities you may have.

-Matt Hodel


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