WHY ANESTHETIC CREAMS ARE NEEDED
Each person has an individual pain threshold, and often clients ask if something can be used to anesthetize the process. Some artists and salons offer local anesthesia, aka application anesthesia. These are various gels, ointments, and sprays that contain anesthetics in their composition. They do not get rid of the pain completely, but in some cases reduce the discomfort.
Local anesthetics are medications that cause local desensitization, the effect does not extend to deep tissues. Such agents are widely used, for example, in dentistry.
HOW IT WORKS
To be clear about what causes the effect of pain relief, it is worth understanding why we feel pain in the first place. Sensory nerve endings transmit sensations to the central nervous system via nerve fibers. This happens by generating an electrical impulse. Any irritation of the nerve endings, be it pressure, incision, temperature, or something else, spreads excitement due to the wave-like movement of sodium ions in and out of the cell. When an irritation exceeds a sensitivity threshold that is individualized for each person, the person feels pain.
Pain is a reaction, which informs about potential danger for the body, as there is some harmful effect on the body. That is, if we touch something very hot with our hand and get burned, we immediately reflexively pull it away from the source of pain. But in the case of a procedure, be it a medical procedure or a tattoo, it has to be tolerated or suppressed - depending on the intensity of the irritant.
Tattoo artists do not welcome tattoo anesthetics for some objective reasons, one of which is the presence of active anesthetics drugs in almost all products available on the market and intended for anesthetization in the process of tattooing.
DANGER OF ANAPHYLACTIC SHOCK
Allergic reactions sometimes appear quite unexpectedly, even on products of daily use. A girl dyes with mascara and everything is fine, and one "beautiful" day her eyelids begin to itch and peel. This, too, is an allergy.
Anaphylactic shock occurs abruptly, the person begins shortness of breath, breathing becomes wheezing, blood pressure drops, which leads to loss of consciousness. Without timely treatment, it can even be fatal.
Unfortunately, the control test will not protect against anaphylactic shock - sometimes a drop of medicine is enough.
Allergies up to anaphylactic shock can develop not only on food and medicines but also on household products: cleaning products, detergents, perfumes, latex, deodorants, and others.
Most commonly, anaphylactic shock is manifested as Quincke's edema (swelling of the skin, subcutaneous tissue, and muscles). If the victim is not treated in time, it can lead to asphyxia and clinical death.
HOW TO BE?
Since the artist is not a certified anesthesiologist and is not skilled in resuscitation in case of anaphylactic shock, the use of applanation and general anesthetics is strictly inadmissible. It should be understood that the use of a drug (!) without a doctor's referral can have irreparable consequences, even if you have used them before and everything was fine.
We strongly recommend refraining from using anesthetic creams during tattooing because of a possible allergic reaction. The responsibility in this situation will lie entirely not only on the tattoo artist but also on the studio where he works. So you can protect yourself and not only yourself from negative consequences.
HOWEVER, HOW TO REDUCE THE PAIN DURING A TATTOOING SESSION?
To easily endure the pain during the session, it is enough to follow some simple recommendations:
The day before the session, to avoid dehydration of the body, you need to drink water in sufficient quantities. Do not drink alcohol during this period and avoid strenuous physical activity, so that the body is not in the process of recovery.
Before the session, be sure to eat something substantial: a well-fed organism perceives stress better.
It is very important to sleep before the session! The more quality rest you get, the less you will perceive painful sensations.