As most of you know, I work at Medical Aesthetics of New England by day, then put on my cape and work at the Emerson ER at night. I just came across an interesting item that brings both of these two areas together. Did you know that hair removal injuries increased 9 fold from 1991 to 2014?! And most of these occurred at home.
When Gerald McGwin was doing his PhD work at the University of Alabama, he became curious to know if shaving pubic hair led to injuries. I’m not sure what else he was working on, and how in depth he got with his research, but he found that after 2010, the injury rate went up dramatically, especially for women. And during those years, almost 300,000 people went to emergency departments for those injuries. I can absolutely say that not all of them came to our ER at Emerson! Part of the reason is that recent surveys find that in the US, 70-88% of young women remove their pubic hair.
But I have seen lacerations from home treatments, and that is what most of the injuries were. The usual injury is to the face for men and legs for women, but during the last 5 years, pubic injuries almost tripled, mostly in the 19-34 age group and 83% were from razors. Interestingly, almost 4x as many men hurt themselves with scissors than women. And luckily, over 97% were treated in the ER and sent home. Must have been pretty serious to require a hospital admission! And so far no deaths have been reported.
So if you want to get rid of your pubic hair, consider laser hair removal. While only 2% of those who get rid of pubic hair use this method, it is right behind BOTOX® treatments in popularity and is growing. It is a permanent solution and works great unless you have gray hair. Even then we can help. If you are more inclined to DIY, clean the area well and please use a new, sharp razor. While counterintuitive, a sharp razor requires much less force, and you’re less likely to slip and hurt something delicate and important. If you have any questions or thoughts on this, please call us or drop us a line.