Best Tattoo Numbing Cream for Laser Tattoo Removal | Dr. Ink Eraser

Best Tattoo Numbing Cream for Laser Tattoo Removal

An Asian woman applies numbing cream to her upper arm

It’s common for first-time laser tattoo removal patients to be worried about experiencing pain during the removal session.

Luckily for them, Dr. Ink Eraser offers several different pain relief options to put their minds at ease while we remove their unwanted tattoos.

One of the most popular options used to relieve pain and discomfort during laser tattoo removal is numbing cream. 

But what kinds of tattoo numbing creams are available? 

Which tattoo numbing cream should you choose?

What are the best tattoo numbing creams for laser tattoo removal?

Emla Numbing Cream

Emla is a topical anesthetic that works by blocking nerve signals in your body. It can effectively numb the skin’s surface for a short period of time. Emla contains two numbing agents: lidocaine and prilocaine.

Emla can be purchased over the counter without a prescription, making it easy to obtain. It can take about 1 hour before the numbing sensation sets in, so you will have to apply it in advance, though it may work faster when applied to the face, making it a decent option for removing facial tattoos.

The numbing effect of Emla lasts about 2 hours, which can be a drawback if you have a large or intricate tattoo that needs to be removed. 

Another drawback of Emla is that it only works on the skin’s surface. The lasers in laser tattoo removal technically penetrate through the skin’s surface, so it is likely you still may experience some pain in your skin’s deeper levels.

NumbSkin Tattoo Numbing Cream

NumbSkin is a numbing cream that’s used to dull pain during laser tattoo removal. It works quickly compared to other numbing creams, taking only 30 minutes before the numb feeling sets in, and lasts for 2 hours. Like Emla, it works by blocking nerve signals so you don’t feel anything during the removal process. This is also a superficial cream, so it only goes surface-deep.

BLT Tattoo Numbing Cream

BLT cream, sometimes called compound BLT, is a combination numbing cream that blends 3 numbing agents: benzocaine, lidocaine, and tetracaine. It’s commonly used during minor cosmetic procedures and laser therapy, including laser tattoo removal. It may also be used before giving a patient an injection.

The most effective BLT creams usually require a prescription, because they are some of the strongest numbing creams on the market. As a result, getting them before your laser tattoo removal appointment can be difficult. However, you can get some BLT tattoo numbing creams over the counter, but they won’t be as strong as a prescription-strength BLT cream.

The prescription-strength BLT cream starts working in about 15 to 30 minutes while the over-the-counter option can take 30 minutes to an hour to set in. Its numbing effect lasts about 1 hour, so you’ll want to save this one for small tattoos or short removal sessions. 

BLT cream goes surface-deep, so it may not be the most effective numbing cream for laser tattoo removal.

Deep Numb Cream

Deep Numb numbing cream is our personal favorite and the one we use most often with our patients. Deep Numb requires you to apply it 2 hours before your removal session, but it is well worth the wait. 

As a topical anesthetic, Deep Numb is able to penetrate deep into the pores of your skin, effectively numbing the tattooed area in places other tattoo numbing creams aren’t able to reach.

Schedule a painless tattoo removal appointment at Dr. Ink Eraser

We are excited to introduce painless tattoo removal as an option at Dr. Ink Eraser. This combines the effective Deep Numb numbing cream with Sub-Z, specialized cryofreezing technology that is designed to numb the skin with chilled air at adjustable temperatures. On top of Deep Numb and Sub-Z, we also use Pro Nox, a nitrous oxide gas that’s often referred to as “laughing gas,” that can help relieve discomfort and calm your nerves.

Dr. Ink Eraser is the only laser tattoo removal clinic in Atlanta that offers these 3 distinct pain relief options and using all of them will help you get through your sessions.

To learn more about painless tattoo removal or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Ink Eraser today.