Electrolysis

Electrolysis is a medically approved safe permanent hair removal system for both men and women.

This method has been recognized as the most reliable permanent hair removal technique utilizing electrical current to destroy the hair papilla.

Regular treatments are important to ensure success. New sterile disposable needles are used for every treatment, which is performed by a medically trained certified electrologist.


Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. What is Electrolysis?
  2. Who can be treated with Electrolysis?
  3. Is Electrolysis new?
  4. Is it safe?
  5. Is it permanent?
  6. What does Electrolysis feel like?
  7. How many treatments are required?
  8. How long does each treatment take?
  9. What areas of the body can be treated?
  10. Is the consultation free?
  11. Why are your prices so low compared to other clinics?
  12. What are your hours?
  13. Are you conveniently located?
  14. Do you offer packages?
  15. Do you offer Gift Certificates?

1. What is Electrolysis?

Electrolysis, performed with expertise and precision, permanently removes unwanted hair. It involves gently sliding a very fine and specialized sterile disposable needle down the natural opening of the hair follicle alongside the unwanted hair. A controlled, minute pulse of electrical energy is emitted through the needle, destroying the hair growth cells, and the loosened hair is gently removed.

The three modalities of Electrolysis are:

  1. Electrolysis, which involves the use of a direct current, (also known as galvanic current) and is the original form of electrolysis. Sodium Hydroxide (lye) is created in the follicle, destroying the hair through chemical decomposition. This chemical action occurs when the direct current reacts with the body fluids and salts.
  2. Thermolysis involves the use of high frequency alternating current, also known as short wave, diathermy, or electrocauterization. Destruction of the hair occurs when heat created in the follicle coagulates or dessicates the target area.
  3. The Blend method combines the use of both direct and alternating currents (AC/ DC). These currents, used sequentially or together, enhance the effects of each other to destroy the target area.

All three modalities are effective and will result in permanent hair removal when administered by our expert staff. Individual circumstances will dictate which type of modality is the most appropriate. Our state-of-the-art equipment is capable of delivering all three modes of Electrolysis. During your free consultation we will discuss which method will most effectively produce the results you desire.

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2. Who can be treated with Electrolysis?

Males and females of all ages and ethnicities, who have unwanted hair of any type, are candidates for Electrolysis treatment. And, unlike lasers, which have been known to cause scarring on dark skin and are ineffective on light hair, Electrolysis is suitable for any colour and texture of hair and on all skin types.

While there is no age that is a barrier to Electrolysis treatment, it is advisable to obtain parental consent for children or young teens under sixteen. Parents are encouraged to accompany any underage dependents, at least for the consultation. This allows an informed parent to understand the procedure and be supportive of the treatment.

Hormonal changes during pregnancy can cause unwanted hair growth. We suggest that you seek the advice of your physician before treatment, but be assured that Electrolysis can be performed on anyone with healthy skin, including pregnant women.

Electrolysis can also be used to safely remove hair from a mole with the prior written approval of your physician.

We would also like to extend a heartfelt welcome to members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community.

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3. Is Electrolysis new?

No. Electrolysis has been in practice for over 130 years. First pioneered by ophthalmologist Dr. Charles Eugene Michel in 1875 as a technique for the removal of ingrown eyelash hairs, the basic principles have stayed the same, but standards, techniques and technology have continued to evolve.

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4. Is it safe?

Yes. When practiced by a trained professional, Electrolysis is the safest, most reliable method of permanent hair removal on the market today. In the hands of our highly skilled and experienced electrologists there is no scarring, burning or any other lasting effects on the skin’s surface. Though you may expect some temporary redness in the area being treated, which can last anywhere from a few minutes up to a few hours, we will provide you with specialized post-treatment care and advice to minimize the short-term effects.

At Advanced Institute, our professionals take your health and safety very seriously. As a licensed facility we are visited regularly by government officials who inspect our equipment and facilities to ensure that we are in compliance with proper safety procedures. To further ensure your safety, we prepare the skin with isopropyl alcohol before treatment and sterilize our equipment with three and a half times the minimum recommended dose of hydrogen peroxide. Single-use, sterile disposable needles and surgical style latex gloves and masks are also employed during the procedure, as well as disposable paper draping and bedding.

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5. Is it permanent?

Most definitely, yes. Electrolysis the only process that is universally and medically approved, documented and accepted by the U.S.A. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
for permanent hair removal.

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6. What does Electrolysis feel like?

Each individual’s level of comfort during treatment varies. Some sensation will be felt, depending on the sensitivity of the individual receiving treatment. Most patients become accustomed to the sensation over time, with some clients even able to fall asleep during the procedure!

Those clients with particularly sensitive skin may find that taking a mild analgesic a half hour before treatment will reduce any discomfort that may be felt. Alternatively, over-the-counter topical analgesics (such as Emla) are extremely effective for sensitive areas.

Some clients experience post-treatment heat or discomfort, and we have found that icing the area for a short period as quickly as possible will help to comfort the area.

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7. How many treatments are required?

Completion time varies with each individual depending on the coarseness of the hair, the number of hairs to be removed and if temporary hair removal methods were previously employed.

Permanency is achieved through a series of regular treatments determined for each individual. Following treatment, instructions will speed completion.

Hormones are a factor. This includes puberty, pregnancy, menopause, and medications. Stress is also factor.

We cannot stress how important regularity of treatment is to effectiveness of the process - regularity of treatment is as important as treatment itself.

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8. How long does each treatment take?

Depending on the area to be treated and the individual needs of the client, each session can last anywhere from 15 minutes to 2 hours.

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9. What areas of the body can be treated?

Electrolysis can be performed on almost any area of the body. Common areas treated include, but are not limited to: eyebrows, upper lip, chin, hairline, bikini, legs and other body areas.

We would be happy to do a free consultation with you to determine your Electrolysis needs.

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10. Is the consultation free?

Yes. During your free, confidential consultation, we will evaluate your individual hair removal needs and answer any questions you may have.

Conducted in our clinics. There are 3 convenient locations in downtown Toronto (within walking distance to subway station). Your privacy is assured.

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11. Why are your prices so low compared to other clinics?

At Advanced Institute of Electrolysis, we believe that regularity of treatment is just as important as treatment itself.

In order to encourage our clients to return more often, guaranteeing faster results, we offer lower prices and more flexible hours.

Unlike other clinics, whose limited hours often result in unnecessarily high prices passed on to the client, we are open 7 days a week, from early morning to late evening, and can accommodate almost any schedule.

Because of this, we can offer treatment to students, pensioners and other people for whom Electrolysis is often inaccessible.

Please call to arrange an appointment with one of our skilled and caring electrologists and see why Advanced Institute offers you the best choice in permanent hair removal.

Duration Price
15 Minutes $30
30 Minutes $50
1 Hour $75

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12. What are your hours?

We are open to serve your Electrolysis and other aesthetic needs from as early as 7 am to as late as 10 pm, seven days a week. Please contact us and we would be happy to accommodate your scheduling needs.

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13. Are you conveniently located?

Yes. There are 3 convenient locations in downtown Toronto (within walking distance to subway station).

For our out-of-town clients, you will find many reasonably priced hotels in the immediate vicinity, including the landmark Sutton Place hotel, Toronto’s home away from home for visiting celebrities, and the famous Bloor and Yorkville shopping districts.

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14. Do you offer packages?

Yes. We offer an array of attractively priced packages. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

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15. Do you offer Gift Certificates?

Yes. Electrolysis can mean a world of difference in the life of your friends and loved ones. We offer Gift Certificates in any amount. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.