Silhouet-Tone is a family business that dates back to 1957. It begins with Josette Ghedin’s dream of opening a school; a goal she achieves in 1961, when she opens the Centre d’Études Esthétiques in Montreal.

She is a pioneer in the true sense of the word. The school is responsible for introducing a brand new profession – that of esthetician – and teaching budding beauty care professionals how to perform face and body treatments. Josette Ghedin is in charge of overseeing everything, from training her team, to importing esthetic products and equipment from Europe; products without which she could not share her passion with other like-minded people. For Ms. Ghedin, beauty is founded on intelligent skin care, on products that give the skin a natural, radiant glow, and on treatments that leave the skin feeling healthy and taut. At the end of the one-year course, her newly certified students are ready to work as full-fledged estheticians. The school is so successful that a hundred or so of her former students return to teach, in an effort to share their love for the profession as well as encourage others to build their own businesses.

It is not long before Alphonse Ghedin puts his skills and ingenuity to good use, and together, they begin to dream about creating must-have esthetic equipment that every esthetician would want and need.

In 1965, Alphonse proudly becomes the founder of Silhouet-Tone, thus helping realize the dreams of those who have dedicated themselves to this new profession. He is joined, in 1984, by his son Eric, who eventually takes the reins. It is Eric who builds the brand and expands into the international market by creating the American subsidiary Silhouet-Tone USA.

THE BEGINNING

The company's captivating history is both rich and unique. Silhouet-Tone was the first manufacturer of esthetics equipment in Canada. After it was founded in 1965, it experienced outstanding growth. The company showed great promise even in its early years. Despite its small size, it established a global presence, distributing Swiss vapozones and German electrolysis equipment, in addition to manufacturing its own equipment. Here are some of the company’s major achievements and milestones:

1961

Foundation of the Centre d’Études Esthétiques, the very first accredited school of esthetics and electrolysis in Canada.

1965

Inception of Silhouet-Tone.

1971

No longer satisfied with producing basic equipment, the company decides to specialize in the design of muscle stimulation and electrolysis equipment.

1972

The very first Canadian-made electrolysis device sees the light of day. Known as the Thermodyne, it bears the Silhouet-Tone name.

1974

Silhouet-Tone is already officially known as the leading manufacturer of esthetic equipment in Canada.

1984

Silhouet-Tone invents a new system: painless electrolysis, which, until this point, had only resulted in one failure after another when attempted by the competition.

1985

Backed by strong growth and prosperity in Canada, Silhouet-Tone sets its sights on the American market and creates the Silhouet-Tone USA subsidiary.

1989

This year is marked by another Silhouet-Tone invention. This one, known as the Sequential Servo-Blend, is the first “smart” unit. It has no fewer than 40 programs and operates much like a computer.

1990

Silhouet-Tone targets Europe and, more specifically, the French market. They launch the Blend 128, and, for the first time, penetrate France’s medical network.

1992

Silhouet-Tone registers its first patented system known as “Sequential Modulation”. The units that are equipped with this system are both simple to operate and technically advanced.

1993

The company opens an office in Toronto.

1994

The company sets its sights on the Southern Hemisphere and creates Silhouet-Tone Australia.

1996

Silhouet-Tone Europe is established in Switzerland to better manage the company’s rapidly expanding market.

1998

Launch of the MC Peel – the first microdermabrasion unit to market in North America. The success of this unit is unprecedented. The ST Peel follows the next year. A patent is filed for the Turbo Flow, a device invented by Silhouet-Tone. A few years later, the highly anticipated Derma Pod breaks all previous sales records.

2000

The company opens an office in Quebec City and Silhouet-Tone earns ISO 9001 certification, confirming that it adheres to strict standards.

2003

Silhouet-Tone meets all ISO 13485 medical standards.

2006

Launch of the Soli-Tone 2500, a photobiostimulation unit that impresses with its 2500 diodes and four wavelengths. Its two predecessors are the Soli-Tone and the Lumicell Touch, both light therapy devices.

2008

Launch of the Lumicell Wave 6, the first device on the market to combine all the technologies known to effectively fight cellulite-related problems. To this day, no other device has been able to achieve this feat.

2010

Launch of the celebrated Skin Remodeling System, a multiple award winning structural rejuvenation device that combines five technologies, and that has experienced unprecedented growth due to high demand on every continent.

2015

Several of Silhouet-Tone’s devices receive Health Canada approval.

2016

A collaboration between Silhouet-Tone and academia results in the publication of the company’s first white paper in a medical journal. This is a first for Silhouet-Tone and is the culmination of exceptional team work. This is an important step in the company’s development and fits within the vision that Silhouet-Tone has for the next few years.

Silhouet-Tone is proud of its history and of everything that has been achieved since. That pride is shared with the vast majority of our clients, since our history is reflective of their history – a dream that has become reality!