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June 1965

Modified Needle and Forceps Arrangement for Epilating Unit

Arch Dermatol. 1965;91(6):639. doi:10.1001/archderm.1965.01600120071019

A, finger-mounted needle. Note the forceps tucked in the palm and out of way. B, forceps on the third digit, activated by the thumb, in process of removing cauterized hair. Note needle on extended second digit, out of way.

THE SHORT-WAVE high-frequency current is a useful therapeutic modality in dermatologic practice, particularly as a means for the permanent epilation of hairs. We would like to illustrate a variation in equipment and technique which we have found most useful. This involves a modified finger-mounted epilating needle and a finger-mounted fine forceps, as a means to quickly and easily remove unwanted hairs. The Figure (A) illustrates the epilating needle on the index finger for actual use along a hair follicle and at the same time depicts the forceps out of the way on the flexed third digit. The Figure (B) shows the needle now out of way as the forceps is

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