A Brief History of High Frequency Treatment
The first high frequency appliance was developed in the late 1800's by renowned scientist Nikola Tesla and was referred to as the Violet Ray. While it offers a number of functions, before the invention of 'modern' antibiotics it was largely used for medical purposes such as in the treatment of strep throat and other infections and to expedite the healing of wounds.
French biophysicist Jacques-Arsène d'Arsonval also did early work in the area of electrotherapy. In 1892 he introduced the use of high frequency currents to treat diseases of the skin and mucous membranes. High frequency is traditionally referred to as "D'Arsonval high frequency" or the "Tesla current".
In the 1970's, European salons discovered the cosmetic and healing benefits of high frequency electrical stimulation on the skin and by 1980, the technology became widely used in North American by skin care professionals. Considered a very safe and non-invasive approach to skin rejuvenation, high frequency technology became quickly recognized by prestigious spas and professional salons as the leading treatment for many skin conditions ranging from acne to wrinkles to hair loss.