Laser hair removal, tattooing, waxing and other surgical methods for hair removal have gained popularity over the past few years. Since each of these procedures is associated with pain, therefore the use numbing cream has only increased manifold.
Many tattoo artists, doctors employ the use of numbing cream for giving a painless treatment to their patients. The following article discusses few tips for reducing pain during the laser hair removal and the use of numbing cream for the same.
Below are few tips that will help you to get a painless laser treatment.
- An ice pack can help
- You can get few ice cubes to the salon or the clinic or even ask them for some. Then the ice cubes can be wrapped in a handkerchief or towel and applied for about 5 – 10 minutes before the laser treatment. This will give a numbing effect and cut off the excess pain.
Select Laser Type With A Cold Air Attachment
This can be used to alleviate the excess pain at the area to be treated. For this you can select a laser type with a cold air attachment. Then the technician can blow the cold air over the part of the skin to be treated for one or two minutes. After the area gets too cold, the treatment can be started immediately.
Know Which Pace Suits You Best
Some people are comfortable with a fast pace others like slow but continuous one. You can ask the technician to experiment with the pace and find the one which suits you the best.
Don’t Go For Laser Hair Removal During Menstruation
This is especially for women. Don’t schedule your appointment before or during the periods as this may heighten up the pain during the procedure.
Drink Some Water Prior To The Treatment
Drink a gallon of water 4 to 6 hours prior to the treatment. This can lessen your sensitivity towards pain and make you feel more comfortable.
Caffeine is linked with increasing sensitivity. Therefore, anything that is loaded with caffeine like coffee or any other beverage should be avoided before the procedure.
Tell The Technician If The Pain Becomes Intolerable
You can ask the technician to stop if the pain goes beyond your control. Otherwise also, you can even take up short breaks between the sessions and take few long breaths to relax yourself.
Make Sure Your Hair Are Short
The length of the hair does makes a huge difference. If you have longer hair they are more difficult to pull out. Technicians generally advise to shave hair a day or two prior to your appointment.
Apply Topical Numbing Creams
You can apply a good Topical numbing cream to the area before the laser treatment. A good numbing cream never interferes with the effectiveness of the treatment.
You can apply the numbing creams 20 or 30 minutes prior to the session. But make sure you read and follow the directions accordingly or ask your technician to guide you.
Dr Numb is a popular numbing cream which contains lidocaine which has been in use since many years as anesthetics in medical and dental offices. Lidocaine is present in the purest form in Dr. Numb cream. Pain is usually caused when the pain receptors are stimulated at the ends of the nerves.
The stimulation results into secretion of sodium which enters the nerve endings resulting into formation of an electrical signal. After the electrical signal is big enough it reaches the brain where is interpreted as pain. Dr. Numb blocks the pathway of pain signals along nerves temporarily and doesn’t let the sodium enter the nerves at the site of the pain. So, the electrical signal doesn’t builds up and no pain is felt.
How To Apply Dr Numb Cream?
1. Simply wash the area with soap and water and pat it dry.
2. Then take a good amount of numbing cream and apply it over the area. Gently rub it over the skin.
3. After the cream is rubbed apply another thin layer of cream over the area.
4. Now cover the area with saran wrap to allow the heat under the plastic wrap activate the cream.
5. Don’t remove the plastic wraps till your professional doesn’t ask you to.