Thinking of getting ink?

Try Emla numbing cream.

Thinking of getting ink?

Try Emla numbing cream.

Why Emla & tattoos?

Sometimes we all need a little extra help. Emla numbing cream is a trusted brand that can help you through your tattoo appointment. Emla can also be used to numb the skin before laser tattoo removal. 

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 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.

Licensed to numb for over 20 years

“I can't go without using EMLA first! I'm not even afraid of the pain, it's more the sensation of it.”
HA
“I am terrified of needles …i have a really bad phobia but EMLA cream really helped… i didnt feel a thing and it really helped me to feel at ease”
HA
“I swear by this stuff, terrified of needles but it really helps especially with blood tests”
AH
“Amazing cream! My little boy has used [Emla] twice this month for blood tests; he didn’t cry nor flinch getting them done.”
KW
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Buy Emla before your next tattoo

Ready to try Emla numbing cream? Always make sure that you buy a numbing cream that is licensed for sale in the UK. You can buy Emla from your local pharmacy or UK-registered online pharmacies here. 

Buy Emla before your next tattoo

Ready to try Emla numbing cream? Always make sure that you buy a numbing cream that is licensed for sale in the UK. You can buy Emla from your local pharmacy or UK-registered online pharmacies here. 

How to apply Emla for tattoos

Before applying Emla

Step 1 (of 4)

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

Step 2 (of 4)

The 5g tube of Emla covers an area of skin about 4cm x 5cm (enough for small to medium-sized tattoos), while the 30g tubes covers an area of skin about 10cm x 12cm (suitable for larger tattoos)

Step 3 (of 4)

You should not use more than 60g (or two 30g tubes) for one session. If in doubt, check where to apply Emla with your tattooist 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.

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When applying Emla

Step 1 (of 3)

Make sure the area of the skin to be numbed is clean and dry. Shave the area prior to application if necessary.

Step 2 (of 3)

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. You should not use more than 60g (or two 30g tubes) for one session.

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.

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After applying Emla

Step 1 (of 2)

Just before your appointment, you or your tattooist can remove the dressing and wipe off the excess cream.

Step 2 (of 2)

After Emla cream is removed, its numbing effect usually lasts at least two hours, so bear this in mind if you are planning a large/intricate tattoo or have a longer tattoo appointment.

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Patient Information Leaflet

For more information on how to apply Emla, download the full patient information leaflet.

FAQs

Get answers to the most common questions about Emla numbing cream.

Emla & cosmetic procedures

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UK-LIDP-00034. November 2019