Any cosmetic procedure in which the skin gets penetrated is potentially painful, but we all vary in how we perceive the sensation of pain and how much it bothers us. Many of us are anxious about having dermal filler injections because of a pain it may cause.
To make the experience of the facial aesthetic procedures more comfortable, plastic surgeons, aesthetic practitioners and Registered Nurses use a few topical anaesthetic creams that have been approved by the FDA.One of them is EMLA.
EMLA stands for Eutectic Mixture of Local Anesthetics and represents a eutectic mixture of lidocaine 2.5% and prilocaine 2.5% formulated as an oil in water emulsion.
EMLA cream is an effective and well-tolerated local anesthetic (numbing medication).
EMLA is used for relieving pain of intact skin and numbing skin to pain associated with laser surgery, superficial dermatologic procedures and aesthetic treatments such as botox and dermal filler injections, microdermabrasion, dermarolling, laser resurfacing, chemical peeling and others.
How does EMLA cream work? When EMLA is applied to the skin, the lidocaine and prilocaine prevent pain signal passing from that area to the brain by blocking the nerves from transmitting painful impulses to the brain, and help numb the skin. The entire procedure can be carried out without causing any pain, although you will still feel some sensations such as pressure and touch.
When you buy EMLA online, make sure you thoroughly read the instructions leaflet provided within the product package before applying this numbing medication.
Ii is important to understand that administration of EMLA requires an application of a dressing: either band-aid dressing or occlusive film dressing as it is shown on the picture on the right.
Wash hands immediately after use unless you are treating an area on the hands.
Avoid getting the product in your eyes, nose, ears, or mouth. If this medication gets in the eyes, rinse the affected eye immediately and completely with water or saline. Numbness in the eye can lead to injury because you cannot feel particles in the eye or other dangers. Therefore, protect the eye until feeling returns.
The area may be numb for several hours after the procedure. Protect the area from injury. Be careful not to bump, rub, or scratch the area or expose it to heat/cold until feeling returns.
EMLA is available without prescription. However, you still need to use EMLA cream carefully to get the best results from it.