I am a 38-year-old male. I had a mole on my arm for at least 4-years but when I went to a dermatologist a couple of weeks ago they biopsied and found it’s basal cell carcinoma. Usually, atypical moles are more likely to turn into melanoma or carcinoma and need to be removed. So, it is important that they should be monitored for any changes in their appearance such as shape, size, or color.
To ensure painless mole removal surgery, I have been looking for a good numbing cream. The two effective numbing creams that I found to be good for use during skin cancer surgery are Number Master and Numb 520.
It is a topical anesthetic cream (with 5% Lidocaine) for faster absorption. It will kick in the skin within 3 to 5 minutes and reach maximum numbing effect within 20-22 minutes and will last about 1 hour. You need to apply the cream on the targeted area and keep it covered for a while.
When you are ready to have the area worked on, just remove the cover and cream with a baby wipe or wet towel. It is said that the effect will last up to 1 hour. Although it’s not a long time, it is better than feeling the pain of surgical procedure and obviously it doesn’t take hours to remove a mole. So, it would be an ideal choice.
This is another topical anesthetic cream that contains 5% lidocaine as the active ingredient. This one is also the strongest over-the-counter amount available in the market. This topical anesthetic is perfect for quick, localized treatments that require a bit of pain insensitivity. Plus, when combined with micro-needling procedures, studies have shown that our numbing cream is even more effective than usual. It is also said to be effective in Blood tests, inoculations, hair removal, cannulations, and basic cosmetic procedures.
So far, both these numbing creams seem good to me. With 5% lidocaine consistency in both, these products indicate that they will have a nearly similar effect on the targeted area. However, before applying anyone of them I would definitely like to consult it with my surgeon to ensure that there’s no adverse reaction.
I would also recommend to you to always ask your physician before using any medicament, even though it’s easily available over the counter. Sometimes you may have some allergic skin reactions to the lidocaine, however, slight redness or swelling is normal. This is solely my experience and my recommendation. I hope this helps a person or two.