Not America lol
Legally speaking you don’t but America is a fear-based society and nobody is going to give you lidocaine without a prescription.
I’ve had 3 flexes installed in me in 3 different ways (needle, scapel and with scapel and dermal lifters, don’t like to watch the main installation process so not completely sure of the main process but I know that dermal lifters was the easiest of the 3) and none of them needed any pain management. People are different but only time I opted for pain managent was for the Titan installation on ring finger pad.
If you’ve done a standard injector install, the flex needle while looking chonktastic… is actually only a bit worse and it’s just till it breaks through the skin fully, which admittedly takes a bit more oomph
But it’s like 5 second of pinching for standard x series
30-45 seconds of slightly worse pinching for flex needle
With help from @mrln I’ve found a potential solution. We shall see.