Is laser hair removal safe?
Yes, it is very safe. Laser light/heat penetrates through the skin and selectively targets the melanin in the hair follicles. The light and heat will not be absorbed by the skin but only by the pigment in the hair, thus it will only go where it needs to go. Similarly, it will not be absorbed by veins, tissue or glands.
The heat can never penetrate deeper than the hair (max 4,5 millimeter). Also, if there is no hair the heat will not penetrate the skin at all. Laser light does not contain UV-light, unlike technology being used in a solarium. It will not tan your skin or cause damage to the DNA. Our equipment is tested, certified and approved by several (governmental) organizations responsible for safety control.
Some people may experience side effects, however.This is why we always perform a test on an inconspicuous patch of skin which will inform us on how your skin is likely to react to later treatment.
How come the treatment will not damage lymphatic glands and sweat glands in the armpits? Aren't the hair follicles closely situated to these glands?
The light and heat will only be absorbed by the pigment in the hair. It will never penetrate into other glands. These glands could, however, become slightly more active after treatment because they are clearing away burned hair follicles.
When can I not undergo treatment?
If you’re skin is darker than your natural skin color. It is very important that the area you wish to have treated has not been exposed to sunlight or the solarium for at least 6 weeks, preferably 8 weeks, prior to treatment. Observe your own skin and only book an appointment if you’re sure that your skin is the lightest color it can be. When you are tanned, the risk for scorches and pigment stains is too big. Please realize that the pigment in your skin will even be activated on a cloudy day, through a (car) window, etc. Applying sunscreen is not sufficient to prevent this!
If you have a certain health condition or take certain types of medication, we may not be able to perform treatment. Please read the page Contra-indications carefully contraindications.
For all additional reasons, please read the page ‘Before your treatment’
How safe is the radio frequency used for ELOS treatments?
ELOS technology is well tested and clinically proven to be very safe. The alternating current that is causing the hair to fall out has been used in electrical hair removal for decades. This mild current has a high frequency of only 1 MHz, it is not harmful and hardly noticeable.
The same alternating current has been for electrical epilation since the early 1980’s. In the world of physical therapy the technology has successfully been used (with much higher intensity, 27 MHz) since 1906, mostly to cure infections in tendons. This long history of safe usage can assure us that the technology is safe and reliable.
The heat generated by ELOS treatment will not penetrate the skin beyond the hair follicle, maximum 4.5 millimeter. It will only target the hair and will not harm any surrounding tissue. Because the current can stimulate cells of the connective tissue, we often even see an improvement of the surrounding skin, appearing smoother and with less wrinkles.
ELOS uses a small-spectrum IPL that has no effect on veins, couperose and pigment. This also results in less pain, a milder effect on the skin and is more suitable for treating very thin and light hairs (even ashblond hair when treated repetitively).
Clinical studies about the ELOS system can be found here.
Is permanent hair removal safe if I have a lot of birthmarks on my skin?
In most cases treatment will be perfectly safe. However, birthmarks can develop a small harmless crust because the darker color absorbs more heat. We will always try to avoid larger birthmarks during treatment. The small harmless crusts will fall off naturally within several weeks.
Also, the technology being used can not cause dangerous birthmarks, as the Laser light does not contain UV. It is very different from light used in a solarium. It will not cause a tan, nor will it harm DNA.
During the intake appointment we will ask you about the history and possible abnormality of your birthmarks. If yours is an abnormal birthmark, we will ask you to consult a doctor prior to treatment.
Can the hairs on my birthmarks be eliminated?
Which type of hair removal equipment is the safest? Causing the least amount of side effects?
All the permanent hair removal equipment used in our practice is well tested, clinically proven to be very safe and certified. The ELOS technique is the mildest. Here two techniques are combined, light and radio frequency. Combining these two techniques allows for a milder setting on both. Moreover, it features more build-in safety mechanisms, for example, a mechanism for measuring the preexisting heat in the skin (in a millisecond) and then adding the perfect amount of energy. This allows us to go over the same amount of skin several times in a row.
A disadvantage of ELOS is that the applicator is not very large, and so the treatment takes more time. For example, even if one has a small frame it is impossible to treat both legs completly in just one treatment session, since this would require over two hours of time.
Can I switch from one type of hair removal equipment to another type?
After testing and having familiarized ourselves with your skin, it is perfectly fine to switch between types of equipment. We might even use different types of equipment during one treatment session! This can be effective when there are both thick and thin hairs or dark and light hairs in the area that we’re treating. If you have undergone treatment at a different practice, we prefer to wait until a new batch of hair has grown. It will be helpful to know the type of technique and settings that were used.
Will the results be better if a higher setting is used on the equipment?
No, a very high setting can even be counterproductive when treating think hairs. It may scorch the hair at the surface without the heat leading to the hair follicle. One joule higher or lower can make a difference. We ask you to let us know how (thinner or lighter) and when the hairs have returned. We’ll take this into account to determine the most effective settings for you
Is hygiene considered important when conducting treatment?
At Briez we maintain the highest standard of hygiene at all time, your safety is our priority. We achieve this by doing the following:
- Clean sheets on the table and a clean towel after every visitor. These are laundered at 90 degrees Celsius.
- One disposable razor per client.
- The practitioner will wear new disposable vinyl gloves for every client.
- The equipment’s applicator will be disinfected twice after every client using 70% alcohol and disposable paper towels.
- The protective glasses for your eyes will be washed between clients.
- Ice packs are put in a fresh bag after every client and later cleaned using alcohol.
- We will remove gel from your skin using a disposable washcloth.
- If you are prone to getting pimples, we will dab with disinfectant after treatment.
- Floors are vacuumed and mopped (using biodegradable floor cleaner) every morning.
If you are going straight to your appointment from work, then you may use our restrooms to freshen up. We can supply disposable wash clothes and towels.