Microblading Session Part 2: Numbing/Anesthetic


The most asked question I get when I speak to someone about microblading is, does it hurt? Now, the answer to this is not always a simple and quick one, but I want to shed some light on the second part of the microblading process.

Now, not every artist breaks down their session like I do, so you may come across artists that may numb and then brow map or some who may not numb at all. Everyone is different and how we perform our sessions is not right or wrong in the world of microblading, but how we like our sessions to go. So, now that we have gotten part one of the microblading session out of the way (brow mapping), we are ready to get you good and numb! I mean, if it is available and makes you feel more comfortable during the process, then why not use it?!

There are many different numbing creams/gels/etc out there on the market to use but the main thing to know is that all over-the-counter numbing anesthetics have a max allowance of 5% lidocaine. If you visit another artist that claims to have something higher than that, they are more than likely not legally allowed to use it on you (unless they are in a doctor’s office and under a doctor’s supervision).

We first apply a thick layer of Zensa Numbing Crea, over the brow and a layer of plastic wrap is placed over the brow area. By covering the Zensa with a layer of plastic wrap, we ensure that the cream penetrates the area as much as possible and we set a timer for 20-25 minutes. Once time is up, we remove the Zensa carefully to ensure that we don’t mess up the brow mapping and then we begin microblading (Our next blog post will cover Part 3 – Microblading!).

Here are a few key points about Zensa:

  • It has the max strength of 5% lidocaine for a topical anesthetic

  • When applied, it does not require the skin to be broken

  • Perfectly safe around sensitive areas like the eyes.

  • Does not affect the ink (no blood constrictors).

  • Lasts approximately 2-3 hours and is safe to reapply after the skin is broken to extend the numbing sensation

  • FDA Approved

  • All Natural Ingredients – No Animal Testing – 100% Cruelty Free


After the first pass on the first brow we run the pigment into the brow area and let it sit for a few minutes. Once that short time passes we add a layer of Feel Better Now Gel and move onto the next brow. This back and forth between brows usually lasts 2-3 passes on each brow, with a layer of Feel Better Now Gel applied between passes.

Feel Better Now is a rapid-acting topical anesthetic gel that keeps you in a more comfortable state with less pain while we are microblading your brows. It is used to help relieve pain, swelling, and bleeding during procedures that repeatedly penetrate the skin, making it a perfect topical anesthetic for microblading procedures. Some of the benefits of Feel Better Now Gel is:

  • It has a rapid-acting gel formula of 5% lidocaine, 2% tetracaine, and 0.02% epinephrine.

  • It has a quicker numbing effect than most other numbing agents.

  • Unlike many other topical anesthetics, Feel Better Now Topical Anesthetic Gel can be used safely around the eyes.

  • The small amount of epinephrine will clot any bleeding you may have during your session, which is a huge benefit as any excessive bleeding during microblading tends to dilute the pigment, which causes poor retention.


Unfortunately, since every client is different according to skin type, we can’t guarantee that everyone will respond to the numbing cream that we use but at Altered Aesthetics, we want our clients to feel the least amount of discomfort possible and we do our best to ensure that they have a pleasant microblading experience.

So, there you have it, everything you need to know about numbing during your microblading session. Stay tuned for our next step in the microblading session, the actual microblading!