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Use Emla numbing cream to ease the pain of cosmetic needle or laser procedures

Why Emla & cosmetic procedures?

Considering cosmetic injections, microblading, microneedling or laser hair removal? Try Emla numbing cream – a trusted brand for reducing the pain of needle and laser procedures.

As a trusted numbing cream, Emla has been helping to reduce the pain of needle and laser procedures in the UK for more than 20 years. Emla is available to buy without prescription from your local pharmacy or UK-registered online pharmacies.

Did you know, unlike Emla, not all numbing creams that you find online are licensed for sale in the UK? Unlicensed or fake medicines may not have been manufactured safely and may contain ineffective or dangerous contents.

What can I use Emla for?

Here are just a few cosmetic treatments using needles or lasers, where Emla numbing cream can be used. If in doubt, check with your practitioner.

Laser hair removal

Laser hair removal



Microneedling/ dermarolling


Lip/facial fillers

Lip/facial fillers

Botulinum toxin (e.g. Botox)

Botulinum toxin (e.g. Botox)

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Buy Emla for your next cosmetic treatment

Ready to try Emla numbing cream? You can buy Emla from your local pharmacy or UK-registered online pharmacies here.

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How to apply Emla for your cosmetic procedure

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Before applying Emla

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  • Step 1 (of 4)

    Select the right Emla pack depending on your planned cosmetic procedure. Emla cream comes in two tube sizes: 5g or 30g.

  • Step 2 (of 4)

    The 5g tube of Emla is useful for smaller areas like microblading or lip fillers, while the 30g tube covers a larger area of skin.

  • Step 3 (of 4)

    Never use more than 60g (or two 30g tubes) for one session. If in doubt, check where to apply Emla with your cosmetic therapist or practitioner.

  • Step 4 (of 4)

    Emla cream needs adequate time to numb the skin, so make sure you leave yourself enough time to apply Emla ahead of your appointment. Emla usually takes about 1 hour to get to work, but it may be quicker (approx. 30-60 mins) on the face.

When applying Emla

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    Make sure the area of the skin to be numbed is clean and dry, and free of make-up or oil. Shave the area prior to application if advised to by your practitioner.

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    Squeeze the Emla cream onto the right area. Don’t rub in the cream, as you will need a thick layer to help Emla’s numbing effect. Don’t use Emla inside your mouth and take particular care to avoid getting Emla cream in your eyes.

  • Step 3 (of 3)

    Cover the Emla cream with a suitable air-tight, water-tight dressing (known as an “occlusive” dressing), so the active ingredients absorb into the skin and do not get wiped off. If the area to be numbed is too large for a dressing, some people cover the skin with cling film. For certain facial procedures, it may not be practical to use a dressing.

After applying Emla

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    Just before your appointment, you or your practitioner can remove any dressings and wipe off the excess cream.

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    After Emla cream is removed, its numbing effect usually lasts at least 2 hours. However, this time may be shorter if you’re using Emla on your face.

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