Laser Treatments

Melasma and Hyperpigmentation Laser Treatment

At FCP Dermatology we have the only laser in the world that is effective for melasma and hyperpigmentation treatment on all skin types. In downtown Toronto we see skin of every colour. Our on-site Dermatologist, combined with the most advanced laser technology on the market allows us to cater to every skin type. The PICO laser is a type of laser technology that delivers ultra-short pulses of energy to the skin. It is called “PICO” because the pulses are measured in picoseconds, which are one trillionth of a second. This means that it can target pigment cells without damaging the surrounding tissue.

The PICO Genesis laser works by sending high-energy pulses of light into the skin, which are absorbed by specific pigments in the skin. The energy from the laser causes the pigment to break down into smaller particles, which can then be eliminated by the body’s natural processes. This process is also known as photodisruption. The PICO Genesis laser is used to treat a variety of pigment concerns and skin irregularities on patients of all skin types. PICO Genesis laser is extremely safe and highly effective, and due to its unique pulse duration, offers faster healing times and fewer side effects. 

PICO Laser Treatments

PICO Genesis Laser Treatment Types


Melasma Treatment

The only laser in the world that can safely treat melasma on all skin types. 

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Sun Spot Treatment

Effectively targets sun damaged skin to reveal a brighter, even looking skin tone.

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Hyperpigmentation Treatment

Treats hyperpigmentation and skin irregularities on all skin types,.

Laser Treatment Overview

Address multiple skin concerns, including pigmentation, uneven skin tone, and signs of aging

Hyperpigmentation is a common skin condition that occurs when patches of skin become darker than the surrounding areas. This happens because of an increase in melanin production in the affected areas. Hyperpigmentation can be caused by a variety of factors, including sun exposure, hormonal changes, skin injuries, and certain medications. It can appear as small, isolated spots or larger patches on the skin. Hyperpigmentation can affect people of all skin types and ages. Pigmented spots can give the skin an uneven appearance, showing signs of aging. The PICO Genesis laser is the only laser that can treat hyperpigmentation and melasma on all skin types safely.

PICO Genes is laser used for: Brown spot treatment, Dark spot treatment, Sun spot treatment, Age spot treatment, Melasma treatment, Hyperpigmentation treatment, Pigmented lesions treatment and Skin whitening treatment.

Dramatic results with minimal downtime and fewer treatment sessions.

Ability to be used on the face and body to correct skin irregularities.

The laser safely and effectively treats patients of all skin types.

Ultra-short laser pulses that leave skin looking radiant and refreshed.

Laser Treatment Overview

The best laser for melasma and hyperpigmentation treatment

The PICO Genesis laser is the only laser on the market today that is effective for melasma treatment and pigmentation treatment on all skin types. Other lasers do not have the ideal spot size, wavelengths or picosecond/nanosecond technology. Other lasers can damage surrounding tissue increasing the risk of worsening the pigmentation or leaving white marks or scars on the skin. The PICO Genesis laser is the top laser on the market, and it is proven to safely treat unwanted pigment on all skin types. At FCP Dermatology we only employ the best and most experienced laser technicians in the world. They have 10+ years of experience and a degree in laser technology. Lasers are not regulated in Canada, anyone can operate a laser. Do your research, and choose the most effective laser with the most experienced laser technicians.

The PICO Genesis laser is the only laser for effective melasma treatment and pigmentation treatment that is safe on all skin types and is considered the gold standard. 

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Laser Treatment Experience

What to expect during a PICO Genesis Laser Treatment

PICO Genesis laser uses gentle non-thermal pulses of laser light to target unwanted pigment and remodel the upper layers of the skin. Other pigment lasers use thermal energy which damages the surrounding skin and can lead to scarring and worsening pigment. The PICO Genesis laser targets pigmented areas of the skin specifically to eliminate them, restoring the skin’s even tone without harming any surrounding skin. During the PICO Genesis laser treatment, the laser is directed at the affected areas of the skin. The laser energy breaks up the excess melanin in the skin cells. The broken-up melanin particles are then absorbed by the body’s immune system and eliminated naturally. 

Before the procedure
A careful analysis of your skin will be performed during a full consultation. We will create a detailed treatment plan to treat all your skin concerns. Please try to avoid wearing makeup on the treatment area on the day of treatment. Please avoid sun-tanning or self-tanners 2 weeks prior to treatment. 

During the procedure
We will explain all pre- and post-treatment instructions. The PICO Genesis laser handpiece is used on the areas to be treated. The procedure is quick and effective. Patients may feel a warm snapping sensation in the treatment area. Since we have an on-site Dermatologist at FCP Dermatology, we can provide topical or local anesthetic for your comfort.

After the procedure
Some mild swelling and redness may occur after the treatment, this is normal and will typically resolve within 3 days. Avoid sun exposure and use an SPF 30 broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen to maintain results and prevent future pigment. Multiple treatments are usually required for optimal results.

Your expert Dermatologist

Meet Our Double Board-Certified Dermatologist

Our Dermatologist

A life dedicated to Dermatology and skin care

Dr. Kristy Bailey is a Double Board-Certified Dermatologist and Medical Director and Founder of FCP Dermatology. She has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in Medical, Surgical, and Cosmetic Dermatology and is recognized as an expert in cosmetic injectables and minimally invasive procedures. 

Her vision was for a world-class facility where patients can feel safe, comfortable, and pampered. A little oasis in the busy financial district, where everyone leaves looking more rested and youthful. 

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Dr. Kristy Bailey


Dermatology Treatments

We offer a wide range of Dermatology treatments

We offer over 40 different dermatology and skin care treatments including; Botox, filler, facials, peels, body rejuvenation, face lifts, brow lifts, mole removal, wart removal, laser hair removal, dermal fillers, skin boosters, Radiesse filler, Sculptra, Belkyra Deoxycholic Acid, PRP treatment, botox for hyperhidrosis, Sclerotherapy for spider veins, hydrafacials, medical microneedling, carbon peels, vampire facials, green peels, skin tightening, melasma treatments, hyperpigmentation treatments, skin resurfacing and much more.

Specialists in Hyperpigementation Treatments

FCP Dermatology is your Toronto Dermatology Clinic! Learn more about our hyperpigmentation and melasma treatments by contacting us!

All treatments are overseen by our Dermatologist

There are hundreds of nerves and arteries in your face and only a Board-Certified Dermatologist should be trusted to inject it.

At FCP Dermatology, all of our injections are performed by our Double-Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Kristy Bailey, MD, FRCPC, DABD.

Hyperpigmentation Laser Treatment FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about Hyperpigmentation

At FCP Dermatology, all treatments are supervised and overseen by our Double Board-Certified Dermatologist, Dr. Kristy Bailey. Dr. Bailey employs only the top laser technicians in the world with more than 10+ years of experience and a degree in laser technology to treat our patients.

The PICO Genesis laser treatment for pigment is considered a cosmetic treatment which is not covered by insurance providers.

PICO Genesis laser treatments are performed at 4-week intervals, for a minimum of 3 treatments.

Unlike other PICO lasers or other pigment-correcting lasers, PICO Genesis is the only laser with the proper spot size, wavelengths, and pico- and nano-second technology to eliminate unwanted pigmentation without damaging the surrounding tissue.

The PICO Genesis laser treatment can be performed anywhere on the body where sunspots, melasma, or age spots are found. Generally, this procedure is used to remove face, hands, chest, back, and neckline spots. It can also be performed on larger areas such as the arms and shoulders.

The hyperpigmentation and melasma laser treatment is approximately 60 minutes. Three to four sessions are recommended, with 1-month intervals. 

  • The laser safely and effectively treats patients of all skin types.
  • The only laser used for melasma treatment.
  • Ultra-short laser pulses that leave skin looking radiant with minimal redness or swelling.
  • Dramatic results with minimal downtime and fewer treatment sessions.
  • Ability to be used on the face and body to correct skin irregularities.
  • Fast and effective lunchtime procedure. 
  • Each treatment can be specifically adjusted to match each patient’s skin type and condition.

Yes, the PICO Genesis laser is the gold standard laser for sun spot and brown/dark spot treatment.

The PICO Genesis laser treatment for pigmentation can produce a warm snapping sensation on the face. The treatment is fast, and easily managed by most patients. Since we have an on-site Dermatologist we can provide high strength topical numbing or injectable numbing if required to make each patient's treatment a comfortable experience. These types of numbing agents require an MD license and may not be available at other clinics without an MD on site.

Although hyperpigmentation is effectively and precisely treated by the PICO Genesis laser treatment, patients may develop new pigmentation due to many factors which can cause an increase in melanin. Sun exposure is the most common factor which causes pigmentation. Our Board-Certified Dermatologist recommends proper sun protection all year round to maintain the results of their laser treatments.

Melasma is typically very difficult to treat. PICO Genesis laser is the only laser on the market that can safely and effectively treat melasma. It works with sound waves rather than heat to destroy the melasma making it the gold standard for melasma treatment and hyperpigmentation treatment. 

Melasma is typically caused by hormones and sun exposure over the years, it appears as ill-defined patches of darker skin colouring usually on the forehead, upper lip, or lateral cheeks. Hyperpigmentation is a term used for sun spots, dark spots, or age spots. Both of these conditions are due to too much melanin in the skin. The PICO Genesis laser is the most effective laser in the world to treat both of these conditions.

Pico Genesis is a non-invasive laser treatment that uses ultra-short pulses of laser energy to improve skin tone, texture, and address pigmentation issues.

Pico Genesis can help with concerns such as sunspots, age spots, freckles, melasma, and overall skin tone irregularities.

Pico Genesis is generally safe for all skin types, including darker skin tones, but it's essential to consult with a qualified practitioner for a personalized assessment.

A typical Pico Genesis session can take 15-30 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area.

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