If you’re a parent of a teenager or a college student, you may have found anecdotal evidence that this new generation has much different opinions on body hair than previous generations. A recent study about hair removal in the U.S. found that out of 1,000 millennial women surveyed, half admitted their body hair impacted their self-esteem.
This proved to be even truer for younger millennial women versus older millennials. In this group, 57 percent were worried about their hair versus 48 percent of their older generational counterparts.
Good thing you can simply come to our Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery offices then and have us get rid of most of the hair permanently with laser hair removal.
But first, let’s check out a couple of interesting facts about getting rid of unwanted hair.
What areas were most concerning?
Those numbers above speak to concern attached to unwanted hair. So where are all of these young women born around the new century most concerned about their hair?
- Bikini line 72%
- Underarms 58%
- Legs 52%
One of the biggest problems cited in fighting this unwanted hair was with shaving. Of this method of removal, 56% of the millennials surveyed said it was too time consuming, while 44% said it was too irritating to their skin, and 72% hated the fact that it grew back so fast.
What would you give up to have no hair?
Of the 1,000 women in the hair removal survey, nearly half said they would give up coffee (48%) for a month if it meant they could be free of hair for one year. OK, that might not apply to thoroughly caffeinated Portland, but they’re serious!
What else would they give up to be hair free for a year?
- Netflix 44%
- Sex 39%
- Social Media 38%
One common thread through the 1,000 women, regardless of ethnicity was this: Being completely hair free — excluding head, hair, eyebrows, and eyelashes — was almost universally the most desired, and possibly socially acceptable, look.
Sounds as if all 1,000 of these women need to give us a call at the Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery. We have lasers that will get to work permanently removing those unwanted hairs. And you don’t have to worry about burning and other side effects, as our team has extensive dermatological experience and experience and training with our hair removal lasers. Let’s just say this — we’re not a nail salon dabbling in laser hair removal. Give us a call at (503) 297-3440 to schedule your first laser hair removal appointment.
As we age, most of us start to lose some hair. But losing a good deal of hair isn’t normal. The clinical term is alopecia, and while people often think it’s a male thing, hair loss can affect women and even children, as well.
There are a variety of reasons you may be losing your hair. To fight back, at the Center for Dermatology & Laser Surgery we have a variety of treatments to help you keep your hair and start re-growing hair you’ve lost.
Why is my hair falling out?
There are a variety of causes of a person losing his or her hair. The American Hair Loss Association estimates that two-thirds of American men have some degree of hair loss by their 35th birthday. About 40 percent of women suffer hair loss, and even three percent of children.
Here are some of the causes:
- Genetics— Both male and female pattern baldness are genetically passed on. In men, balding can begin as early as the late teenage years. Balding usually happens in areas and often will result in excessive if not total hair loss in those areas. Female pattern baldness exhibits itself with thinning when a woman hits 50 or 60.
- Hormonal problems— Hormonal shifts can trigger temporary or permanent hair loss. Women often lose some hair after pregnancy and during menopause.
- Medications— Hair loss is a side effect of many drugs used in the treatment of cancer, arthritis, depression, and high blood pressure.
- Underlying medical conditions— A variety of medical conditions can cause hair loss or thinning including thyroid problems, autoimmune disorders such as alopecia areata, scalp infections, and other skin disorders.
- Stress— When a person is in a period of intense stress, such as divorce proceedings, a death, serious illness, or other causes, hair loss is often a symptom. This is usually temporary.
How we treat hair loss
No one deserves the hit in self-confidence that comes with hair loss. At Center for Dermatology & Laser Surgery, we have a variety of treatments for hair loss therapy.
These are our your treatment options, depending on what you want to accomplish and how severe is your hair loss:
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)— The growth factors present in PRP can stimulate new hair growth.
- Laser hair phototherapy— Laser energy can trigger new hair growth in the hair follicles.
- Topical medication— Minoxidil is applied topically and works to stop the follicles from shrinking, stimulating new hair growth. Anthralin is applied topically to control inflammation at the base of the hair follicles. Corticosteroids may be applied as drops or injections into the scalp to stop alopecia areata.
- Oral medication— Finasteride (Propecia) is taken orally and works by blocking the formation of the male hormones in the skin that cause hair loss. Spironolactone also blocks these hormones.
Are you suffering from hair loss? Call the team at the Center for Dermatology & Laser Surgery, (503) 297-3440 to schedule a consultation.