Can it be trusted?
Emla is the world’s most widely used dermal anaesthetic cream with over 200 million people been effectively treated with it. It has been used over the past 20 years to numb the skin prior to a variety of procedures including needle insertions, circumcisions, blood tests and minor surgical procedures e.g. the removal of skin cancers and warts.
In fact, you can get it right here in Singapore. There is a pharmacy at Far East Plaza that has it over the counter. They sell it in tiny little tubes. Emla is also listed on MIMS Singapore. Further proof that Emla is a trusted brand can be found on this National Skin Centre Singapore page.
How do I use Emla before my next tattoo appointment?
Well, the best is to ask your favourite tattoo artist. He or she would be familiar with the use of numbing creams. Your artist could help you to apply the cream too. Remember to ask nicely ya! Ok, the cream should be applied in a thick layer and covered with clear plastic wrap with the edges taped around the wrap. REMEMBER, this should be done 45 minutes to an hour before your tattoo appointment!
For more information on Emla, visit www.emla.com.au
Update: You'll be glad to know that I recently blogged about a new numbing cream that is specially formulated for the use on tattoos and piercings. While its exclusively available in Singapore, they do offer international shipping.
Here's the url to my post: http://www.noelboyd.com/2011/06/tattoocainez-tattoo-numbing-cream.html