How do I prepare for the intake appointment?
During the intake appointment we will execute a test on an area the size of your armpit. Prior to your appointment you will choose an area for testing on the front of your body on one side, so that you can see and compare the result afterwards. For example, an inconspicuous spot like an armpit or an area on your upper leg. We will never test on your face. The test area can not have been exposed to the sun or a solarium for a minimum of 6 weeks (or maybe longer) prior to your appointment. In short, if the area you wish to have treated is visibly suntanned, we will have to wait until your natural skin colour returns.
On the day of your intake appointment you should shave all the hair on the test area (the area is about the size of a mobile phone). Be sure to shave very smoothly, also against the direction of hair growth. Please do not apply any deodorant, bodylotion, perfumes or aftershave on the test area.
There are different rules for the area that you actually wish to have treated during your treatment trajectory. On this area (these areas), please let all hair grow for at least 10 days prior to your intake appoinment, so no shaving or epilating. In this way, we will be able to examine the structure and colour of the hairs. With your permission, we would like to take an unrecognizable closeup before picture of the area. Where your face is concerned, it is not necessary to let the hair grow. You can continue hair removal as usual and wait for the information we will give you at the intake appointment.
We will send you important information prior to your intake appointment. Please read this information carefully and pay extra attention to the medical contraindications.
How do I cancel or change my appointment?
Please let us know as soon as possible if you won’t be able to come to your appointment (e.g. you feel a flue coming on). Once you receive a confirmation from us, the cancellation has been successfully processed. Cancellation is possible 24/7 through SMS/WhatsApp 06 24902749 and by a phone call during opening hours.
Please make sure that there is at least one working day between your cancellation and your scheduled appointment. If possible even more. This will allow us to readjust our schedule and give those on a waiting list the opportunity to come. For example, if your appointment is on Monday let us know by Thursday of the week before (9 pm). Failure to do so requires you to pay a cancellation fee, more information can be found on customer service.
Other beauty- and skincare methods during treatment:
scrubbing, bleaching, epilating, shaving, beauty treatments
Can I scrub my skin?
Scrubbing is allowed, however, if you srcubbed within 3 days prior to your appointment, it’s best to let us know. We will adjust our equipment to a milder setting. Scrubbing or peeling once a week can be beneficial if your skin is still slightly tanned (even if you have stayed out of the sun for a while) and your appointment is coming up.
Tip: A useful product for removing some of your tan is the ‘hair removal mitten’. It can be bought at most drugstores. Be careful not to irritate your skin.
Can I bleach hairs?
Do not bleach hair within 2 days prior to treatment. The hair shaft has to be dark again on the day of treatment in order to guide the heath to the hair root.
How long prior to treatment should I stop epilating/waxing?
Extracting hair prior to laser treatment is not recommend, not in any form: epilady, waxing, using tweezers, etc. The treatment will be more effective if you have not epilated the hairs for a while, since the hairs are necessary to guide the heath to the hair root. If there is no sufficient amount of hairs that have grown back, then the results of the treatment will be minimal and it will be a waste of your money.
You can not have epilated for a minimum of 6 weeks prior to treatment. However, on some areas of the body it can take up to 24 weeks until the hairs have returned to their most vulnerable state!
Shaving is allowed, as often as you wish. If you are not comfortable with shaving (for example on the female face, the areola, etc), you can also cut the hairs with bent scissors. Thin hairs can remain and can be bleached every so often using bleaching creams. It is also possible to use hairremoval cream.
Do I have to shave prior to an intake appointment?
You are not allowed to shave or epilate the area concerned (area you wish to have treated during the trajectory) within 10 days prior to the intake appointment. This allows us to examine the structure and colour of the hairs. However, the test area should be shaven very smoothly. You may do this at home on the day of the intake appointment or we can shave the test area during the appointment.
Should I shave on the day of the real appointment?
Prior to the real appointments it is necessary to smoothly shave the areas that will be treated. Please shave on the day of your appointment, with a razor or shaver (the smooth side).
No stubbles can remain. A smoothly shaven area will be less sensitive to the treatment, since the heath won’t hover on the skin. It is not necessary to show us where the hairs are located, often we can tell by the shadow alone. If you wish, we can give you a white eye pencil to mark the areas before shaving.
Tip for a smooth shave: Use a high quality shaving oil, for example, Amanprana razoli 3 in1 schaving oil, organic, herbal, free of chemicals and preservatives. Available at health food stores.
A concern that we often hear is that people are afraid that shaving will stimulate hair growth, thus they are hesitant to shave the area in case the condition worsens if the treatment is not succesful. However, it is not scientifically proven that shaving stimulates hair growth and/or thicker hair to grow back. There is no evidence of the hair follicle receiving information from the upper part or the hair. Most people experience that shaving hardens stubbles, since the tip of the hair is now a hard edge instead of a smooth point. In a similar way your hair will feel fuller after a haircut.
It is recommended to have a test conducted on an inconspicuous area on your body before the desired area is being treated. In this way, we can be quite certain that the treatment will have the desired effect prior to you having to shave the area concerned. For example, if you wish to have vellus hair on your face removed (which we do not recommend), we will shave this right before the actual treatment. If the vellus hair on your face is mostly blond with a few dark hairs in between, then the blond hair does not need to be shaven, the blond vellus hair will not respond to treatment. You can cut the dark hairs with small scissors, as short as possible.
Supposing that shaving does cause thicker hair to grow back, then this can be undone by one-time waxing or threading. The latter, in particular, is a very effective method and is a specialty of many Turkish salons in the Netherlands. The method is safe for the skin and prevents ingrown hairs.
I'm not able to shave the back side of my body at home. Do you have a solution?
If there are only a few patches of hair left on your back then we can shave it during your appointment, it would not take a lot of extra time. However, if we have to shave a whole back full of hair during the appointment then this will take us 30 minutes on average and we will have to charge you for this time. Perhaps there is someone at home who can help you shave your back, or if not, you can try to do as much as you can by yourself. Hair removal cream is also a good option, but please make sure to read the directions carefully and not have it irritate your skin.
The anal cleft is particularly difficult to shave. You could try to see if hair removal cream is a good option for you. Please read the directions very carefully, irritated skin is not suitable for laser hair removal treatment. The ‘Kruidvat brand’ is recommended since it is milder than many other brands.
Can I use hair removal cream?
If your skin tolerates hair removal cream well, then you are allowed to use it prior to treatment. However, be careful and read the label of the product thoroughly. An irritated skin is not suitable for laser treatment.
Can I use hair growth inhibitors?
Nowadays, creams can be purchased that prohibit hair growth. Please do not use these creams prior to or during your treatment trajectory. Your hair folicles need to be in an active state in order for the treatment to be effective.
Some people consider using hair growth inhibitor creams instead of undergoing treatment. However, we are not aware of any spectacular results being achieved by using these creams.
What about botox, peelings, light therapy and silicones?
Please ask your doctor before undergoing laser hair removal treatment. If you had botox injected in your upper lip or armpit, we will have to wait for a minimum of 6 weeks before we can perform laser treatment on these areas.
After a peeling your skin needs to be completely recovered before we will perform treatment.
There are different types of light therapy. We can perform treatment if you are undergoing LED-therapy, but we can NOT perform treatment if you are undergoing light therapy that uses UvA or UvB radiation.
We refuse to perform laser treatment over a silicone implant since the potential dangers are not very clear to us. Moreover, we do not wish to be held liable if a unrelated complication occurs.
Can an area with a tattoo be treated?
No. Similar equipment is being used to remove tattooes. The laser looks for pigment, not hair. If there is dark pigment from a tattoo the heat will be drawn in the skin and small burns can occur. This can damage your skin and/or the tattoo itself. Permanent make-up will have the same results.
On the day of treatment
Can I take painkillers?
It is not necessary to take a painkiller for the intake appointment. When the actual treatment trajectory starts you may choose to take a painkiller if you wish. However, please consult your doctor first! Acetaminophen (paracetamol/tylenol) is our preferred choice, a maximum of 2 tablets for an adult and only if you do not use it on a regular basis. Please let us know if you have taken painkillers so that we do not use a more severe setting because of your lower sensitivity.
Note, the following painkillers can have severe side effects: Rofecoxib, celecoxib, ibuprofen, diclofenac, advil, naproxen: Aleve, Naprosyn, Anaprox. These painkillers are so-called NSAIDs. They reduce prostaglandins in your blood. This can cause tightening in the blood vessels which can increase the risk of a myocardial infarctions and strokes. Do only use after consulting our doctor!
Can use anesthetic creams?
Yes, if you’re particularly sensitive to pain, you can apply a topical anesthetic cream. You will need a doctor’s prescription. The name of this cream is EMLA (lidocaine). You can also ask your doctor for a anesthetic spray: Xylocaine 10% spray (with lidocaïne 100mg per ml). This spray will have an immediate anesthetic effect after applying it. Prior to the test it is not recommended to use any anesthetic creams or sprays, we would like to monitor the natural response of your skin.
There are disadvantages to using EMLA creams during laser hair removal:
The skin will be irritated more and will swell a little. This is particularly disadvantageous where ELOS treatment is concerned. The highter amount of fluids underneath the skin will react with the RF of the ELOS and this may cause the treatment to be too severe for the skin.
The swelling of the skin will result in the hairs being less accesible. There is a possibility that the heat can not penetrate the root of the hair and as a result, the treatment might not be as effective as it could have been.
Lastly, the topical anesthetics might cause an unpleasant burning sensation after treatment.
None of the topical anesthetics can be provided by Briez. A doctor’s presription is needed for them. Ultimately, it is one’s individual choice (based on doctor’s advice) whether or not to use these anesthetics and we will not be involved in this process.
Can I use deodorant or aftershave prior to or after treatment?
If we are going to treat your armpits, then you are not allowed to apply deodorant on the day of treatment. You may use deodorant if an other part of your body is being treated. After a treatment we recommend not to use deodorant until your skin has recovered completely (no redness). Please do not apply anything to your skin prior to treatment, no aftershave, perfumes, no residue of soaps or shower gels, no body lotion, no dust, make-up, talcum powder, etc.
Do I need to bring anything to my appointment?
No. Just a card or money to pay for the treatment.
What type of clothing should I wear?
Wear clothing that will leave the treated area exposed.
The bikini line: It is convenient to wear a smallest thong you own. You may keep wearing this during your treatment and as an extra benefit it will show us the dividing line. If you wish to take it off then this is of course ok.
Upper legs: It is advisable to wear a hipster or small boxer-short. If hair on thighs or buttocks is included, then smaller underwear is more convenient.
Armpits: You do not have to take off your bra or undershirt.
Legs: Wear long loose-fitting pants/trousers. You do you have to take them off during the appointment, but after the appointment they will be more comfortable then tight fitting pants/jeans.
Can my bikini line be treated during my period?
Yes, if you use a tampon.
Prior to your initial appointment you’ll receive a health questionnaire with additional information about contraindications. Though this is quite self explanatory, we’ll discuss a few of the most important points below. Extensive information can be found here.
Which type of medications can cause side effects in combination with treatment?
General anesthesia (within 6 weeks prior to treatment), antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, penicillin, certain antidepressants, roaccutane, St. Johns herb, photosensitive medications. The waiting period after taking these types of medications can be anywhere between 3 weeks to 6 months (sometimes even longer).
Why can't I undergo treatment while being pregnant?
Laser hair removal treatment is not harmful during pregnancy, as the light will penetrate the skin no more than 4.5 millimeter (the area of the hair root). It can never reach the ovaries or whomb.
- During pregnancy or breastfeeding the hormone levels in the body have changed, and so the effects of the treatement may not be clear. Perhaps the amount of hair growth is higher or lower than usual, and in this case the treatment we conduct would be too severe or too weak.
- During pregnancy the skin may be more sensitive to light, comparative to a sun allergy: red itchy bumps and/or the production of extra pigment, which will happen mostly on the face. It’s not dangerous, but also not pleasant.
- We never wish to be put in a position where we have to defend ourselves if coincidental pregnancy complications occur. The treatment does not impose any danger to a pregnant woman and her baby, however, you or your friends/family might make a mental connection between the two.
Moreover, the prickling sensations associated with treatment can be quite painful and cause stress in the body. We believe that this is not beneficial for the pregnancy and the development of the baby. Stress hormones can affect the foetus.
Also, if you wish to become pregnant, it is possible that you are not yet aware of your pregnancy during the first weeks. Please let us know if you are trying to get pregnant. In this case, we will only treat you during or right after your mesnstrual period, when we know that you can not be pregnant.
Can infected areas of the skin be treated?
We can treat over infections caused by ingrown hairs. ELOS can even have a beneficial and healing effect. If you have a different type of skin infection, we’d like you to consult with your doctor first.
I have a cold sore. Is this a problem?
We can not perform treatment on the area on and around the cold sore. Also, we can not perform treatment on shingles. In both cases, it’s necessary to wait at least 3 weeks, or after it has completely disappeared.
Which parts of the body can not be treated?
If you are well-prepared and if your health allows it, we can treat on any part of your body. However, we discourage treatment on certain areas: the skull, ears, in and on the nose, below the eyebrows. The area between your eyebrows is ok.