At Feature Clinic we advise client to have Emla numbing cream prior to the Microblading/ Pigmentation treatment. Here are more details about the cream and how to use it.

  • What is ELMA Cream Used For?

EMLA Cream - 5g is suitable if you plan to use EMLA occasionally and if you only need to numb a small area of skin (microblading or pigmentation). Elma Cream can be used for tattoos and tattoo removal.

  • How does Emla Numbing Cream Work?

Emla Cream contains prilocaine and lidocaine, two active ingredients that help numb the skin for at least two hours.

When Emla cream is applied to the skin, the lidocaine and prilocaine help prevent pain signals passing from that area to the brain thus helping to ease the pain otherwise caused by needles or minor cosmetic skin procedures.

  • Emla Cream 5% instructions for application:
  1. Make sure that the area of the skin to be anaesthetised is clean and dry.
  2. Squeeze half a 5g tube of Emla cream (about 2g) onto the procedure site, over an area the size of a 50p coin. For more specific instructions, depending on age, part of the body or procedures, usage timings may be as little as 10 minutes, see the pack leaflet.
  3. Take one of the occlusive dressings and remove the centre cut-out piece. Peel the protective paper away from the underside. Cover the Emla cream with the dressing so that you get a thick layer underneath. Do not spread out the cream. Press down the edges firmly to avoid leakage.
  4. Emla must be applied at least one hour before the procedure and can be left in place for up to five hours for adults and four hours for children. The longer the cream stays on, the better the anaesthetic effect.
  5. When ready for use, remove the dressing and wipe off excess cream with a tissue.

(You can use clingfilm if you do not have the dressings )

Please make sure an appropriate occlusive dressing is used to cover the skin to maximise the absorption, and leave on the skin surface for adequate time (usually 60 minutes) ahead of the needle procedure. You can also ask your pharmacist to advise you on how much to use and where to apply. Please ensure the needle procedure is performed within the following four hours, but preferably as soon as possible after removal of the excess cream.

  • Emla Cream 5% 30g warnings:
  1. Carefully follow the instructions supplied with the cream.
  2. Wash your hands after applying the cream, unless your hands are the area being treated.
  3. Take care to avoid contact of Emla Cream with the eyes, as this could numb the eye and prevent its protective reflexes, resulting in irritation. If you accidentally get the cream in your eyes, rinse well with lukewarm water or saline solution and protect the eye until sensation returns.

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EMLA is one of only a few topical anaesthetics available over the counter for clients, beside LMX-4 and Ametop. These products are 'P' medicines, which mean Pharmacy Only Medicine, and should be given under direction of the pharmacist direct to the user (client). That is why Feature Clinic always ask clients to purchase and apply their own anaesthetic and get them to sign a form stating that they are using anaesthetic on their own free will. Clients are always advised to stick to the recommended dosage and keep records of the amount applied, length of time applied and the products batch number for future reference. Clients will need to sign a form to state they are happy to use anaesthetic and are aware of all associated risks of doing so.