Jody Stoski recommends to only use numbing if ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. That means only if your client has a pain level of 8 or higher with the procedure and is not comfortable enough to proceed without.
The most sensitive area in paramedical tattooing is usually the lips. More often, clients getting procedures on any other areas can withstand the pain.
If you or your client feels that numbing is required, as it will allow you to finish the procedure quickly and more accurately (less moving from client) a local anesthetic or numbing agent is recommended. For a client who is nervous or has a low pain threshold, Jody recommends Anesten unless the skin has been opened – you will need a topical that is suited for that.
Anesten may be purchased directly from www.anestencream.com
Anesten needs 20 minutes to sink into the skin and is stronger with 12% lidocaine.
It cannot be used on open skin.
Bactine is also a spray option that can be used immediately and during a procedure only 2% lidocaine.Bactine helps “take the bite out” of any procedure, and is available at your local pharmacy or drug store.
Please refer to your Scars course for more information.