While tattoos were once considered permanent, it is now possible to remove them with treatments, fully or partially.
Today, lasers are the most common method of tattoo removal. They work by targeting the ink with pulses of highly concentrated light that break the ink into tiny fragments, which are then cleared away via your own immune system.
Unfortunately tattoos are painful when they are placed on the skin and they are just as painful when they are removed. The lasers generate rapid pulses which may feel different to each patient, but are generally uncomfortable¹.
Tattoo removal numbing cream
Emla cream can help take the sting out of the laser tattoo removal procedure. Emla cream is an easy to use, topical anaesthetic cream (numbing cream) which can help ease the pain. It contains a tried and trusted formula of liodocaine and prilocaine. When used one hour before procedures, Emla cream can help numb the pain of the laser. Emla can be left in place for up five hours.
Application for tattoo removal numbing
The Emla cream should be put on the skin in a thick layer and covered with dressing.
Do not apply to more than 600cm² area of skin e.g. 30cm by 20cm in size. The maximum recommended dose is 60g.
Please note after 5 hours of application the numbing effect decreases.
* We recommend you speak to the practitioner who will be carrying the procedure before using Emla.
¹Tattoo Health Organisation http://www.tattoohealth.org/content/whatislaserremoval.asp
(Information on max area can be found on the pack leaflet on Page 3)
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Essential Information: Emla is a topical anaesthetic cream containing a tried and trusted formula of lidocaine and prilocaine that can help numb needle pain.1 Apply 60 minutes* before the procedure. *This time may need to be adjusted depending on age, body area and procedure. Available from your local pharmacist without prescription, Emla costs £5.10 (RRP) for a two-dose pack and includes two occlusive dressings. Always read the leaflet.
Emla is a registered trademark of the AstraZeneca group of companies
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