Before you resort to the messy undertaking and expense of topicals, would it be possible for your practioner to adjust and balance the intensity and timing settings? This may solve your pain issue.
ElaMax, L-M-X, Ela-Max, all the same product (sort of like Charles, Charlie, Chuck). It comes in 4% or 5% dosages of lidocaine. I would recommend 5%. LMX contains tiny microscopic fats that help to deliver the lidocaine to the nerve endings. You do not need to cover this topical with plastic wrap like you do for EMLA. You can cover it though, so your’re not messing up your clothes or car seat. Prior to applying ElaMax, use only a mild soap (baby soap) and water to clean the area. DO NOT USE ALCOHOL OR ACETONE as they will strip away the natural oil on the skin that is needed to help ElaMAx penetrate the top, tough layer of skin. The medication gets below to the nerves surrounding each hair follicle faster than EMLA. Apply a small amount of cream and massage it gently into the area. Next, apply a thicker layer, so you can not see the surface of the skin. If the cream starts to dry out before work begins, apply a little more cream. It starts to work in 15-30 minutes, however,in some people,it may take a little longer. Duration of numbing is shorter than EMLA, so leave the stuff on an area until you are actually ready to work in that area.
You can contact Ferdale Laboratories in Michigan (USA) at
1-888-548-0900 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Internet sales www.dermstore.com or www.dermadoctor.com
You can ask your pharmacist for help, too. I don’t know why this product wouldn’t be available down under.
EMLA: You need a thick layer of EMLA, too. Do not spread it out. Just make sure you can’t see the skin surface. Gently place plastic wrap over the medicine. Let it absorb for one hour, two hours if the proceedure is really painful. Duration of effective skin anesthesia will be a least 1 hour after you remove the plastic. It is a good idea to apply to a few separate areas so you can peel off the plastic when you actually start work on a specific area. Keeping the wrap over areas that can’t be worked on immediately, keeps it from metabolizing away, so therefore, numbing is more effective.
AstraZeneca makes the product. Their website is www.astrazeneca-us.com
You can try www.GetCanandianDrugs.com to order EMLA without a prescription???
Good prices on both products varies from $40-$60 for larger tubes.
Some clients have used EMLA and Elamax together at different intervals of time during treatment. Not sure if I like this idea. This stuff is absorbed into the main body stream gradually and it’s only logical not to over do it, especially on larger surface areas.
Some clients get full benefit and some don’t. Be sure to apply it correctly for maximum help. Little details matter,so follow the directions exactly!
Again, ask if some fine-tuning can be done by your practioner, so you you can just go in and start work without all this hoopla.