Tattoos used to have a very bad connotation and those with tattoos are usually sailors who had one drink too many during shore leave and found themselves in a tattoo parlor, usually brought there by their companion for the night or upon the urging of fellow sailors. Some, during the previous years, are associated with membership to some form or other of organized crime. Today, tattoo has made a complete turnaround and become a sought-after form of body art. It can be considered a fashion statement. Getting a tattoo though is very painful. Think of the thousands of pinpricks that you have to endure. For a first timer, you should think carefully before you get a tattoo. It will be with you for the rest of your life. Removing a tattoo is expensive, can cause unsightly scars and you do not have the assurance that the tattoo will be removed one hundred percent. If you really want to have a tattoo but are hesitant because of the pain that is involved in getting a tattoo, there is a way for you to have a virtually pain-free tattoo. The tips below will show you how.
- Decide on a design. For a newbie it is recommended that you start with a small design. Look for a design that can be expanded later on. Maybe choose the design that is part of a larger one so that when you get the inclination to get more, you can go back to the original design and have the whole artwork done.
- Get an appointment with your doctor and tell him that you plan to get a tattoo. Ask your doctor if that is advisable, as he knows your medical history. Tell your doctor too that you want the tattoo process to be painless and ask for prescription for a numbing gel that you can apply locally to the area that will be tattooed. The numbing gel is a combination of prilocaine and lidocaine, which are topical anesthetics.
- Ask how the numbing gel is to be used and how long it should be applied before it takes effect and how long the numbing effect will last. Make sure that you specify that you are going to use the numbing gel when you get your tattoo.
- Note that tattooing is not a medical procedure that can cure you of a disease or ailment so the process and the cost of the numbing gel will not qualify for reimbursement by your medical insurance.
- Make sure that you are not allergic to any of the substances that are in the numbing gel. Do not use it even if your allergic reaction is minor as you will have to apply a thick layer of the cream over the part the will be tattooed, cover it with clear plastic wrap taped securely to the skin and allow the gel to penetrate your skin for at least one hour prior to your tattoo appointment.
- After one hour had lapsed, remove the plastic wrap and wash off the numbing cream and wipe it dry. Ask someone to drive you to your appointment. You may find yourself getting dizzy due to the effect of the numbing gel penetrating your skin. Let the tattoo artist know that you used numbing gel.
Always consult a medical practitioner and seek advice before you use
these types of medication as this can adversely affect your health.
Although this method will render the tattoo process virtually pain free,
make sure that you know effect of the medication and the tattoo on your