As a PMU professional the last thing you want to do is not create effective anesthesia with your clients. Pain reduction is a major concern as techs as the areas we work on are the most sensitive on a human : the face. Unlike body tattooing, the client has no where “to go” when dealing with pain, as in body tattoo a client can grimace and express on their face the feelings they are having with a painful process. With PMU the client can only go inward and mentally manage any pain sensations that can lead to undue stress and trauma.
Many techs have been trained well and do a fantastic job but there is still some education in this area that is needed. To many “wives tales” about anesthetics topically and many techs have entered into this arena through cosmetics not via any medical or esthetics background and may not have been exposed to topical until they training class. Some trainers also teach poor quality anesthetic techniques and as an industry we need to do the best we can to create top quality anesthetics.
On to the topic at hand here are the top 5 mistakes PMU techs make in general.
- Poor quality anesthetics. Buying anesthetics products online with unknown origin can be very risky. Can you imagine. your dentist buying his numbing products through Amazon without knowing the source? Unheard of, so why is it ok in this field. Well, its not. You are held liable for any product you put on a client. If that product is not legit and you cannot trace where you purchased it you will be left with legal issues if things go wrong. Not to mention many products are just not effective or expired or do not have the quality of transport ingredients to make it effective. Some products are in petroleum jelly that actually blocks the effects.
- Single blends . Anesthetics is an art and science like any other cosmetic medical type service. It requires high quality ingredients and blends that synergistically create the effect. It is not always one product that will work either, to achieve the best quality numbing it takes blends of multiple -caines and supporting products that host the active ingredient. Single does products just do not create enough power to fully numb our sensitive areas on the face.
- Bad technique. Just like any good training, learning how to use topical is just as important. Not prepping the skin well, poor occlusion technique, timing and skin quality analysis all lead to the best results. Utilizing heat and other additions to create deeper penetration. Layering is important and timing of pre numb and after numb.
- Not enough product. In medicine there is a term “dose” and this means the amount of product needed to get the given results. Often times techs do not dose effectively and skimp on amount of anesthetics needed in pre numb. For topical to work the best they have to have a thick layer to create heat to penetrate through the touch outer keratin layer. Not using the recommended amount will significantly reduce the effects.
- Not pre numbing. Not pre numbing will lead to “chasing tail” and it is hard to catch up. Anesthetic physicians have a saying “stay ahead of the pain” and it ring true for PMU and microblading. If you do not pre numb the client will entered a state of over adrenalized anxiety and anxious state even if the client appears calm. This is the natural autonomic response to pain and cannot be controlled. Cortisol levels increase that reduce healing ability and catabolize tissue (not good). The clients body is in a state of high anxiety and once that trigger happens it can take up to 3 hours to return to normal. There is not need for this when you use pre numb properly and the client can relax through the first pass.
Summary: Use of the best topical anesthetics is key to creating a professional PMU business and only using known legal sources of product is key to keeping your business in the safety zone as well. It only takes one incident to place you at high risk legally if your product cannot back you up. Purchase from FDA registered and approved only and do not skimp on price, your clients pay high dollars for these services and deserve the best and respect due.
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~ Article by Dawn Hunter, Master Esthetician, Master PMU and Director of VINE Academy and Studios in Seattle WA. She holds and advanced degree in natural health care and has worked in medical esthetics and PMU for 10 years.
You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or find her on Facebook at VINE Studios.