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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.