Some do require or request additional pain control by topical anaesthetic cream – At City laser Clinic we use and recommend EMLA cream.
Does Laser Therapy hurt?
At City laser Clinic we use FDA approved CANDELA GentleLase that is equipped with a Dynamic Cooling Device to reduce the short pain of the laser hair removal treatment. The Dynamic Cooling system sprays Cryogen onto the skin, cooling the upper layers and providing clients with increased comfort.
This GentleLase system effectively and almost painlessly treats the unwanted hair without causing permanent damage to the skin. The level of discomfort is different for every person depending on sensitivity; other considerations include the location and surface area to be treated.
Most City Laser Clinic clients do not request any additional pain control during treatment and relate the discomfort as comparable to a mild sunburn or a rubber band snapped on the skin. Your therapist will discuss your options with you based upon your own tolerance and the body area to be treated. If you do need additional pain control we recommend the use of EMLA Topical Anaesthetic Cream.
EMLA Topical Anaesthetic Cream
(No prescription required)
Most clients can easily tolerate Laser Hair Removal Treatment. However clients individual pain threshold can vary. Some may require topical anesthetic cream – Emla cream is a local skin anesthetic that is applied 1 hour prior to Laser Hair Removal Treatment .
EMLA cream helps to relieve discomfort by numbing the skin. It works by blocking nerves from transmitting discomfort impulses to the brain. Please Note: we do not sell Emla Cream at our Clinic, you may purchase this product from any Pharmacy. There are 2 tube sizes available: (cost can vary depending on a Pharmacy)
- 5g (1x application for Small Bikini area) – $18 – $25 approx
- 30g (3 x applications for Full Brazilian area) – $65 – $80 approx
Do NOT use EMLA Cream if:
- You are allergic to any ingredient in EMLA Cream or to other similar medicines or
- You have the blood disorder Methemoglobinemia.
Before using EMLA Cream
Some medical conditions may interact with EMLA Cream. Prior to purchasing your cream, please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you, if:
- You are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding;
- 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, glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency, or a perforated ear drum or
- If you have been ill.
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with EMLA Cream. Tell your pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- 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, Aaniline 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;
- Succinylcholine because the risk of its side effects may be increased by EMLA Cream. This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your pharmacist if EMLA Cream may interact with other medicines that you take.
How to use EMLA Cream:
- Wash and completely dry the area to be treated.
- EMLA Cream should only be used on normal, unbroken skin. Do not apply to damaged skin.
- Emla Cream must be applied 1 (one) hour before Laser Hair Removal treatment (minimum 50min).
- Do not apply more than 1 ¾ hrs prior to Laser Hair Removal treatment as it will start to wear off before you commence your Laser Hair Removal treatment.
- Apply a generous amount of cream to the area you wish treat.
- Do not rub EMLA Cream into the skin.
- Place glad wrap/cling wrap over the area with cream.
- Put on your underwear or (shirt for man) on top to hold it in place.
- You can continue with your normal daily activities. Sitting and walking is ok, it will not interfere with the process.
- Avoid getting EMLA Cream in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get EMLA Cream in your eyes, rinse them with plenty of water.
- EMLA Cream should not be applied near the eyes.
- Wash your hands immediately after using EMLA Cream.
- Discard packaging in the trash, out of the reach of children and away from pets
Important safety information
- EMLA Cream blocks pain and feeling in the skin. Be careful not to injure the treated skin by scratching, rubbing, or coming into contact with extreme cold or heat.
- EMLA Cream may cause harm if it is swallowed. If you may have taken it by mouth, contact your poison control center or emergency room right away.
PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING:
- If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using EMLA Cream for Laser Hair Removal while you are pregnant.
Possible side effects:
- Like all medicines, EMLA Cream 5% can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Common side effects (that affect less than 1 in 10 people) are redness, slight swelling, or temporary paleness of the place where the cream was used;
- Uncommon side effects (that affect less than 1 in 100 people) are an initial mild burning or itching sensation or a tingling feeling that may occur where the cream is used;
- Rare side effects (that affect less than 1 in 1000 people) include allergic reactions, which may cause rashes and swelling. In severe cases, a combination of rash, breathlessness, low blood pressure and swelling may occur, in which case you should see a doctor immediately;
- Other rare side effects are small red dots (petechiae) at the application;
- Accidental eye exposure can cause irritation;
- If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed on this information page, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
As your Laser Hair Removal treatment progresses, you will need to be able to tolerate higher Laser hair removal settings, which is necessary in order to achieve best results. If you find that Laser Hair Removal treatment is difficult to tolerate, City Laser Clinic recommends the use of EMLA Cream – you will notice the difference, it DOES work!