Epilation with high frequency alternating current apparently is replacing hair removal by direct current (electrolysis). Removal of hair by galvanic current is safer, less likely to cause scars, probably less painful, and slower than is removal by diathermy. For these reasons, epilation by direct current should be recommended to lay persons. Removal with high frequency machines requires greater concentration and skill than does electrolysis, since diathermy current destroys hair more quickly and there is less time to correct mistakes. Technique, on the other hand, is simpler and time is saved. Both methods have staunch advocates. Dermatologists will almost certainly prefer high frequency current generators and probably will choose more sophisticated, automatically timed epilators if planning extensive hair removal.


Direct Current Hair Root Hair Follicle Current Flow Short Burst 
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  • Hugh M. Crumay

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