FAQ – Pain Management

Scalp Micropigmentation feels like tiny pinpricks on the scalp. Unlike other Scalp Micropigmentation practitioners, Evoke use EMLA cream on every treatment. You may also take over the counter pain medication before treatment to complement the EMLA.

What is EMLA cream?

EMLA cream is a local anaesthetic composed of 2.5% each of lidocaine and prilocaine. The cream requires an incubation period of up to 45 minutes for the numbing qualities to take effect. The effects of EMLA cream last for up to two hours.

How painful is Scalp Micropigmentation?

Where no pain relief is used, Scalp Micropigmentation represents 3-5 on a pain scale of 1-10. (10 being the highest). This does depend on the tolerance of the individual being treated. Almost all patients find the pain to be perfectly tolerable.

The pain level will increase and decrease depending on the area being treated, for example, the areas above the ears and at the very front of the hairline are usually the most painful.

Is there pain following treatment?

The pain will abate immediately after treatment is complete, though the scalp may feel tender for up to 24 hours afterwards.

"I feel like I've been given new lease of life, I was very self conscious before the treatment"
Martin, Rotherham,


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