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I think it is every client's
right to be offered the opportunity to relieve some or as much as
possible of the pain to get a tattoo if they choose this course of
action. I totally understand that some people actually like the pain of
getting tattooed, and because of the
2. PowerNumb ($50 - 30 gram tube or $20 - 10 gram tube) is a pre-tattoo ointment that contains 5% lidocaine.
Lidocaine is like Novocain that dentists use to numb your mouth before
treatment, but this
is intended to make the
skin surface numb
and it does not have to be injected with a needle, but rather applied to
the surface area where the tattoo will be placed. It is
recommended that the area be cleaned with soap and water or alcohol
before use. A thick layer of the product is applied to the skin and then the skin is occluded. (This means putting a layer of plastic wrap - what you use to keep leftovers from spoiling so fast in the fridge - cover the entire area and seal the edges well all the way around with tape that will stick to the skin. By keeping air from getting to the area, the
ointment won't evaporate and the heat from the body activates the main ingredients. Apply this product approx. 1-1/2 to 2 hours before the tattoo is begun. Make sure your artist cleans the product thoroughly off the surface of the skin because it is intended
for topical use only, not to be injected into the skin by the tattoo needle.
This product is 5% Lidocaine and 5% Prilocaine for fast action and rapid absorption. It utilizes Vitamin E Acetate to enhance recovery of the skin.
(In the past we carried Dr. Numb, but have discontinued the product because the manufacturers have changed the formula of the product and it no longer contains prilocaine. We feel the combination of prilocaine and lidocaine provides the best pain relief for our clients and will continue to stay on top of the market for the product and introduce new products as they become available.)
This product has also proved to be extremely popular. Yes, we know the price is rather high, and there are other similar products available which cost less, but we keep coming back to a strong product like Power Numb because it works so very well. We do occasionally make other lidocaine pre-tattoo ointments available just so our clients know we are trying to offer products that are less expensive, but we've run into problems with some products expiring after just a couple of months. So we try to select the best available products for our clients.
We do run out of this product sometimes, because it is costly (for us to purchase) and has been so popular. We are doing our level best to always have a pre-tattoo numbing product that works on hand.
3. Vasolcaine ($5 - $10 per application). This is a new product for us, but so far client feedback is positive. You know how a tattoo artist will use Vaseline to 'lube' your skin so the needles slide easier into the skin? This product is like that except it contains 5% lidocaine. It does not work on unbroken skin (pre-tattooing) but does seem to help during the tattoo process. Again, the product is expensive for us to purchase, so we are making it available on an 'as-needed' basis for clients. Unlike the Betacaine that we previously used and made available, the alcohol content of this product is minimal, so the initial burning sensation is a great deal less. When using this product, you will feel the initial needles piercing your skin surface as the tattoo is started, but once this product has been applied, the pain is greatly lessened. It is not recommended to be used at the
beginning of a tattoo session until the stencil has been completed by outlining. If the stencil is ruined by the use of this product, it might not be possible to recover the design and complete it correctly. Once the stencil/outlining work is completed, then this product works well.
4. Painless Tattoo Ink ($150 per hour for use of this ink due to the cost of the ink.) This is something totally new and we are still determining if we like how all the inks work. Presently, we have available only a limited number of colors (red, orange, yellow, white, med. purple, darker purple, sky blue, grass green, and black outlining ink). The company makes a triple black, but we are finding it much more difficult to get full coverage using this ink, so we may not be offering this in the future. All other inks work similar to non-lidocaine inks. We have had the opportunity to try this ink on several clients, and the strongest effect seems to be felt by the outlining of the tattoo. The lidocaine enters the body at the same time as the ink, and quickly disperses
into nearby skin giving a positive numbing experience. Additional use of the other inks increases the effect up to a point. Healing is not affected by the ink and if proper aftercare instructions are followed, the tattoos heal to the same level of brightness and clarity as non-lidocaine inks.
**A word of caution about using lidocaine products. If you have a heart condition, it is advised that you speak to your physician about using lidocaine before requesting its use on your skin. Lidocaine products can increase heart rate if used in abundance, or if you have a sensitivity to lidocaine.
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