It is advisable to numb the area before carrying out any aesthetic treatment using electrical arcing devices for aesthetic applications. This is not always strictly required, however, it is advisable for the client's comfort. Also, because the client is at ease while the area to be treated is numb, the treatment can be carried out speedily and with ease.
Not all kinds of numbing solutions are appropriate for all the types of aesthetic treatments possible with electrical arcing. For example, inject-able local anesthetics are purposely avoided in skin tightening as they can interfere with the final results and may lead to adverse reactions. However, electrical arcing has been used for several years for the removal of all sorts of benign skin lesions leading to good results and no direct known cause for concern, even if using inject-able local anesthetics. Please note that, in many countries, only medical practitioners are usually authorised to use inject-able local anesthetics.
The three steps to applying correctly most numbing products available on the market without a prescription.
The preferred numbing option is the use of topical products. The advantage of using topical numbing products is that they are suitable for all kind of treatments with electrical arcing including moles and benign skin lesions removal.
The main type of numbing topical product available on the market depends on the local legislation. Different professionals are allowed to use different products in each country. (Consult local legislation for further information).
Occlusion applied to the numbing cream to amplify the numbing effects of the active ingredients in most topical numbing products available without a prescription.
A very common topical numbing product available on the market, in most parts of Europe, including the UK is EMLA. (EMLA is available in 5% formulations from
Occlusion applied using a purpose made patch available from most chemists.
most chemists in the UK). This is a product which can be purchased and used without a medical prescription. Because of this, EMLA is also the preferred numbing product used by tattoo artists for tattooing and performing body piercings.
EMLA is used by applying the cream on the area you intend to treat (including moles, skin lesions etc) and covering the cream with a normal cling film. The same cling film which can be purchased from any supermarket. The cling film is applied in order to cause an occlusion effect
which will amplify the effects of the numbing active ingredients in the EMLA numbing cream. The area is then left to rest for approximately 40 to 45 minutes in order to achieve the desired numbing effects.
In the video above you can see the EMLA applied on the eyelids using occlusion. As you can see, although the aesthetic treatment has started on other parts of the face the product has not been removed from the orbital region because eyelid tightening would be carried out a few minutes later.
Unfortunately, although available without prescription form any chemist in the UK, EMLA requires a relative long application time in order to become effective and it is not generally very effective if a cling film is not applied on top of the cream (occlusion). If you attempt to start the aesthetic treatment before the 40 minutes required for the product to become effective, the area may not be numb enough, in order to carry out the aesthetic treatment in ease and comfort. Additionally, the topical effects of the EMLA formulation end within 5 to 10 minutes from the time the cling film is removed and the EMLA residues wiped off. Therefore the window of time while you can perform the aesthetic treatment in comfort is relatively brief.
Occlusion applied on the back of the hand.