Intake en FAQ
Intake en FAQ
Prior to treatment, we would like to invite you for an intake appointment which includes a test. We will discuss your wishes, answer your questions, inform you on what to expect and will prepare a treatment plan. We will also discuss your answers to the medical questionnaire. The test will show us how your skin responds to treatment, which can, among other things, be useful information for scheduling your appointment. For example, if your skin turns very red and bumps appear, you may not want to schedule treatment right before a party or presentation. During the test we will also decide on the best settings for your skin and will make a note of this in your personal file, so that we can work efficiently when you come for your first actual appointment.
We would like to get a good look at thickness and amount of your hair. For this, we ask you to let the hairs grow for a few days prior to your intake appointment. We can conduct treatment if they are 2 millimeters or longer.
If you are used to epilating, please try to stop doing this at least 6 weeks prior to treatment. The treatment will be most effective if we can operate on as many hairs as possible. Also, epilation often causes the hair follicle to be extracted, which is the part of the hair we wish to treat. Please take into account that the amount of hairs that will grow might surprise you. You might be used to epilate a few hairs every day, but when stopping this, all the hairs will surface simultaneously.
FAQ Electrical Epilation
What is the difference between Laser/IPL and Electrical Epilation?
Laser and IPL hair removal techniques are only possible when the hair contains a sufficient amount of pigment (this absorbs the light that generates heat in the hair follicle). Electrical epilation, however, is suitable for any hair colour. The electrical current, that is transmitted through the needle, is not reliant upon pigment to generate heat to the hair follicle.
Currently, this is the only proven method of ‘permanent’ hair removal that is effective for blond, gray or red hair.
Is it really permanent?
Yes. But in order to prevent disappointment, we use the term ‘hair reduction’ rather than ‘permanent hair removal’.
The existing hairs can be mostly eliminated. The alternating current (diathermy) produces such an amount of heat that the protein molecules (consisting of amino acids) solidify and die (coagulate). If we add a direct current on top of this (the blend method), a lye formation will occur that dissolves and softens the keratin proteins in the hair follicle. This will also damage the stem cells in the wall of the hair follicle. As a result, it is unlikely for the hair ever to grow back, since the damage done is substantial.
However, our body has self-recovering abilities, and thus, it is possible for a few cells to remain and a hair to grow in the future. There might also be hair follicles that are currently in a dormant state and that might become active under the influence of hormones (for example, after menopause, pregnancy, when aging, etc.) Additionally, there are certain medications, genetic influences or physical conditions that cause extra hair growth (e.g. anti-conception, anti-epileptic drugs, PCOS, adrenal conditions, thyroid conditions, pituitary conditions). If you are prone to develop high amounts of facial hair, please take into account that maintenance might be necessary.
Electrical epilation is still a very effective method to get rid of most of your undesired hair. In contrast to waxing, regular epilation or shaving (the hairs will always return), the growth will be disrupted to such an extent that a substantial decrease in hair growth is achievable in 95% of the cases.
Which methods does Briez use?
Diathermy (by means of a high-frequency alternating current):
The heat causes the protein molecules (consisting of amino acids) to solidify and die (coagulate).
The advantage of this method is that it doesn’t require the hairs to be very long, treatment can be performed when hairs are only 2 millimeters. Hence, this method is suitable for those who are very uncomfortable with letting hair grow for a while (which is required for most of the other methods). We only ask you to stop shaving two days prior to treatment.
Also, this technique is suitable when treating large areas. The time spent per hair is only 3 to 6 seconds, whereas the other methods may require one minute per hair.
If your skin doesn’t have a high enough moisture content, the blend method will not work and we will use diathermy. We can test this with our equipment.
Last, if you have a metal prostheses or pacemaker, we can only use diathermy (see contraindications).
Blend method (combination of an alternating current and direct current):
When using the blend method a lye formation will occur that dissolves and softens the keratin proteins in the hair follicle. Adding an alternating current to the direct current will reduce the time spent per hair from one minute (using direct current only) to 6-20 seconds. This method is also most suitable when having twisted hair follicles, which is often the case in darker-skinned individuals.
Which body parts can be treated?
All body parts can be treated (if there are no contraindications), except for on and inside the nose. Large areas will cost a substantial amount of time and thus will be pricey. Electrical epilation is mainly suitable for treatment on the face and here and there on the body.
How many treatments do I need? And how much time is there between treatments?
It all depends, on, for example, the thickness of the hair growth, the size of the area you wish to have treated, your age and any potential underlying problems that may cause excessive hair growth. Generally, it will take about one year. There will be about 1 to 3 weeks of time in between appointments when first starting the trajectory.
Similar to Laser/IPL treatment, this method will also be most effective when the hairs are caught in the active growth state. There are three phases of the hair growth cycle, the grow phase (anagen), the transitional phase (catagen) and the rest phase (telogen). Each hair follicle is independent and goes through the cycle at different times. From the outside, we can not determine the phase that a hair is in. Hence, we will need to treat some hairs several times until we catch it in the anagen phase. Even if we do not treat a hair when being in the right phase, it still seems to have an effect, since these hairs will often grow back being thinner.
If you have thick hair growth, we will schedule an appointment weekly. The frequency of appointments will decrease as time goes by. When we manage to control the hair growth and you are quite satisfied with the results, we can meet for a ‘maintenance’ treatment whenever you wish (if necessary at all).
Can I epilate in the meantime?
Unfortunately, no! You are not allowed to extract any hairs if there are upcoming treatments, however difficult this may be. We need to reach the hair follicle for treatment to be successful, but this follicle will be extracted if you epilate. You are allowed to shave, cut of bleach hairs.
We understand that this can be difficult and that it may prevent you from wanting to start treatment, especially where your face is concerned. A solution would be to schedule appointments close together so that there are no long stretches of time without hair removal. When hair growth slows down, we can schedule more time in between appointments.
Often, that the skin feels somewhat uneasy and damaged after treatment. This may give you the tendency to pick at the little stubble’s or scabs, understandably. The good news is that after a few treatments your skin will start feeling smoother and the tendency will gradually disappear.
Is it painful?
Pain is very subjective, however, during treatment you will feel some pain from the electric current flow. Some areas are more sensitive than others. If you wish, you can ask your doctor about an anesthetic lidocaine cream (EMLA) that works by blocking nerve signals in your body. Apply this cream one hour before treatment. Another option is taking acetaminophen (Tylenol/Paracetamol) before treatment (please do not take aspirin, as this thins your blood).
Most people undergo treatment without any form of pain medicine. If possible, we recommend you not to use any, since this helps in monitoring the real response of your body to make sure our settings are not too high.
How will my skin/face look after treatment?
A normal response of the skin is some redness and perhaps a few bumps. Usually, this will pull away after several hours. Cooling the skin using an ice pack and Aloe Vera gel can speed up this process.
Are there risks associated with treatment?
We, of course, strive to lower the risk of complications wherever we can and offer you the best quality treatment. However, we are treating the skin with electrical equipment and we are all just human.
If the needle isn’t properly inserted or if the settings on the equipment are too high, there is a risk of small (superficial) burns. A small scab will appear and, if you do not pick at it, it will heal without any permanent scarring.
In the unlikely case that scars are forming, then something is not right. Please let us know as soon as possible!
I have botox. Can I be treated between the eye brows?
Yes, this is possible. Right after the botox injection it’s important to be careful. However, if you have no pain and there are no other side-effects, then treatment is possible. When in doubt, we will always conduct a test prior to treatment.
Is treatment possible in the summer? Can I be in the sun before or after treatment?
Yes, we can treat you in the summer months. Your skin can be exposed to sun prior to treatment, however, a sunburned skin can not be treated. After treatment you should avoid direct sunlight on the treated skin for 24 hours.
Can gray, blonde, red or vellus hair be treated?
Yes. In contradiction to the Laser/IPL methods, no pigment is necessary for the heat to be transferred to the hair follicle. This method is proven effective for treating gray, blonde and red hair.
Trying to treat vellus hair (the very thin fuzzy hair) can sometimes lead to disappointing results, especially where many hairs are concerned. Waxing might be the best option in this case. During the intake appointment we can discuss this.
Is it this method suitable for dark skin?
Yes, it is possible to treat dark skin. However, we will always test thoroughly to make sure your skin responds well. Because of the higher risk of hyper-pigmentation, we will always use the blend method when treating darker-skinned individuals.
What does it cost?
We like to give our customers sufficient personal attention and only schedule appointments of a minimum of 30 minutes. The starting rate is € 45,- which allows for 20 minutes of treatment. After 20 minutes, the rate is € 1,50 per minute.
If we can treat all the hairs in these 20 minutes, we will still schedule a 30 minute block for you to allow time to evaluate, ask questions, drink a cup of coffee/tea and schedule your next appointment. In the case that you only wish to have a few hairs treated, we will refer you to another clinic.
Prior to starting the treatment trajectory, we would like to invite you for an intake appointment. The cost of this appointment is € 15, which will be refunded during your first actual treatment should you decide to start with the treatment trajectory.