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#90602 - 08/06/11 04:15 PM Re: BLT Numbing Cream ? [Re: emily7]
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What's the consensus on using numbing creams on the male beard area, including the front of the neck? Any opinions?

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#90606 - 08/06/11 09:10 PM Re: BLT Numbing Cream ? [Re: JasonBarber]
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My guys don't need it. I set my epilator for one pulse using PicoFlash or Synchro thermolysis. They find all tolerable. The middle upper lip is the exception and a topical can be helpful.
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#90610 - 08/06/11 11:42 PM Re: BLT Numbing Cream ? [Re: dfahey]
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Prior to upgrading to an apilus platinum, I would have a client see a nearby dentist, for a local anaesthetic, prior to an upper lip treatment approximately every 2 to 3 weeks. Now it happens about twice a year. The vast majority of my clients can tolerate picoflash, used in the way Dee describes. Some will have shorter sessions than others,depending on their individual pain thresholds. Many clients have gone on to fully clear mid lips, that they could never have tolerated, with the older equipment. Everyone is happier now.
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#90621 - 08/07/11 09:06 AM Re: BLT Numbing Cream ? [Re: C O'Connell]
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I'm using a Candela Gentlelase 15mm at 26J. Haven't had it on my face/upper lip yet, only on my neck and that was hugely painful. I'm thinking of using EMLA before my next treatment - but only if it's advisable to use on the face/neck and only if it will offer some kind of comfort. Any thoughts?

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#90623 - 08/07/11 01:58 PM Re: BLT Numbing Cream ? [Re: JasonBarber]
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The only way you are going to know if it helps , is to use it once. For some people, it takes the edge away and for some it does diddliy. Just use it as the manufacturer suggests. Talk to a doctor or pharmacist as well to ensure that you are applying it correctly.
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British Institute & Association of Electrolysis

http://www.electrolysis.co.uk/?page_id=16

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#90627 - 08/07/11 04:54 PM Re: BLT Numbing Cream ? [Re: dfahey]
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You can use EMLA cream and it will help if you follow these instructions. (It is a Eutectic Mixture of Local Anesthestics hence EMLA) It must be applied to the area anticipated to be treated at least 1 hour before and no longer than 4 hours until the unpleasant stimulus) It works best when covered by a clear dressing like a Tegaderm or saran wrap if that's all you have. Apply liberally so you can see the cream and not just the moisture of the cream.

Before using EMLA Cream:
Some medical conditions may interact with EMLA Cream.

Consider not using:
if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substance
if you have severe liver disease.

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with EMLA Cream.
Antiarrhythmics (eg, amiodarone, dofetilide, mexiletine, tocainide), beta-blockers (eg, propranolol), cimetidine, or other medicines containing lidocaine or prilocaine because the risk of side effects or toxic effects, including heart or nerve problems, may be increased
Acetaminophen, acetanilid, aniline dyes (eg, p-phenylenediamine), benzocaine, chloroquine, dapsone, naphthalene, nitrates (eg, nitroglycerin, isosorbide), nitrites (eg, sodium nitrite), nitrofurantoin, nitroprusside, pamaquine, para-aminosalicylic acid, phenacetin, phenobarbital, phenytoin, primaquine, quinine, or sulfonamides (eg, sulfamethoxazole) because the risk of side effects, including blood problems, may be increased.

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#90657 - 08/08/11 02:28 PM Re: BLT Numbing Cream ? [Re: Destin Florida]
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It's fine to use on your face or any other area. Properly compounded creams are not dangerous if used as indicated.

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#90757 - 08/10/11 03:07 PM Re: BLT Numbing Cream ? [Re: LAgirl]
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Thanks LAgirl.

One other question on EMLA - once you've applied it and left it on for the proper amount of time, how are you supposed to remove it? Is it okay to wash it off with a moist towel?

I'll have to remove it before I go to my appointment (will take about 45 mins to get from my place to the clinic, but that should be okay according to the instructions, as the effects last for two hours after removing the cream).

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#90758 - 08/10/11 03:33 PM Re: BLT Numbing Cream ? [Re: JasonBarber]
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My clients apply it before they come and I wipe it off as I work on the area. You don't want to wipe it off before you arrive because it can metabolize quickly and then you won't have the full effect of numbing. Most people don't get total numbing, but it helps take the edge off.
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Licensed by the State Medical Board of Ohio for Nursing license and Cosmetic Therapy/Electrolysis license
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British Institute & Association of Electrolysis

http://www.electrolysis.co.uk/?page_id=16

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#90761 - 08/10/11 04:38 PM Re: BLT Numbing Cream ? [Re: dfahey]
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Most people prefer to arrive early and put it on in the office.

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