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How Long Does Tattoo Numbing Cream Last?


How Long Does Tattoo Numbing Cream Last?

If you’ve booked your tattoo appointment, you may now be worrying about the pain that you might experience. That’s why tattoo numbing creams have been invented! Need To Be Numb and other similar tattoo numbing products are designed specifically to eradicate the discomfort and pain from getting inked so you can enjoy all of the fun of getting your beautiful new body art without any of the downsides! However, you may be wondering whether the effect of the numbing cream will last long for your whole appointment, especially if you’re planning a long session for a back piece or sleeve. Here, we take a closer look at how long the effect of tattoo numbing creams last.

Will The Numbness Last For My Whole Appointment?

The answer to this question depends very much on several factors. Firstly, it depends on which tattoo numbing cream you choose and, secondly, it depends on whether or not you follow the instructions on the packaging properly. As long as you choose a safe and reputable tattoo numbing cream like Need To Be Numb, you can be confident that the numbness should last for as long as you need it to. However, you’ll need to apply it to your skin in the way that it describes on the packaging. If you don’t apply it correctly, you won’t experience optimal results and you may find that the desensitising effect doesn’t work properly or doesn’t last for as long as you need it to. After proper application of a reliable numbing product, your skin should remain desensitised for between 3 and 5 hours – long enough for the majority of tattoo appointments.

How Do I Apply Numbing Cream To Achieve The Longest Lasting Effect?

When you apply tattoo numbing cream to your skin, it’s important to do it around 50 minutes before your appointment time. You should only apply the product to clean and dry skin. Make sure you wash it thoroughly first so any grime and dirt is removed then cover the skin with a hot towel for five minutes before drying the area thoroughly. Next, apply a thick layer of numbing product to the area to be worked on and properly rub it in. Once it has been absorbed, apply a second thick layer of cream (around 2 – 3mm in thickness) onto the area. Cover it using plastic wrap to keep it warm so the cream can activate. You should leave the wrap and the cream in place for around 50 minutes before you go to your scheduled appointment. Bear in mind that the thickness of your cream application and the length of time that you leave the cream on the skin will impact how long the effect will last.

Can I Prolong The Effect Of My Numbing Cream?

If you’re planning a very large tattoo that will take longer than 3 to 5 hours to complete, you may need to know how to prolong the effect of your numbing cream. The good news is that it’s possible to make the desensitising effect last for longer if you remove the cream gradually over time. So, you can apply the cream to your skin as described in the instructions and then remove only part of it before you attend your session, leaving the remainder covered up. When the artist has finished working on the area that is uncovered, you can gradually remove sections of the numbing product that has remained under cover so they can work on those areas too, which should still be desensitised. As a result, you can prolong your comfort for the entire duration of your appointment.