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Ultrapulse 5000 CO2

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  • Severe sun damage
  • Medium to deep wrinkles
  • Darker skin types and patients with chronically bronzed skin are not good candidates because of they are at higher risk for pigmentary changes.


  • Patients are protected with an anti-cold sore medication and pretreated with Botox in order to relax the frown, crow’s feet and lip wrinkles and permit undisturbed new collagen deposition.
  • The entire face is anesthetized using diluted local anesthesia and local nerve blocks.
  • The computerized UltraPulse 5000 CO2 laser beam is then used to evenly treat the entire skin surface, one cosmetic unit at the time. The lasered skin is gently wiped away using sterile, saline-drenched gauze. One to three passes are performed depending on the severity of the sun damage and the depth of the wrinkles.
  • For the first 24 hours, patients are wrapped in a highly specialized biological dressing which eliminates 100% of the pain and speeds up healing. During the following days, patients use regular saline soaks and Aquaphor until the skin is healed. This may take about 10 days, depending on the depth of the treatment.


  • CO2 laser light is preferentially absorbed by water. This laser beam’s effect on the skin is therefore by desiccation and coagulation.
  • A computerized scanner ensures that the laser beam evenly vaporizes away the superficial skin layers. The higher the energy, the deeper the effect will be.
  • The impact of this laser light on the deeper tissues causes such a tremendous stimulation that new collagen layers multiply, thicken and tighten. This reaction is responsible for the mini-facelift effect so many patients experience after their procedure.
  • No other lasers, including all the fractional CO2 lasers on the market today, can reproduce the impressive skin tightening seen with this device. The UltraPulse 5000 CO2 laser remains the gold standard in rejuvenation of severely wrinkled faces in skin types 1 through 3.
  • The use of this laser requires great skill and experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

Ultrapulse is a laser resurfacing tool that is FDA-approved for the treatment of over 34 age-related concerns. Ultrapulse can also be used to assist in minor surgical procedures, such as scar removal, because it offers a cleaner and more precise cut into the skin.

Traditional laser procedures have a greater risk of scarring, redness, and swelling. While these risks are still present with Ultrapulse, they are much lower since the laser is distributed across the entire surface of the skin. The light from the CO2 laser is also absorbed by water in the body, so it is much safer.

Active FX is a type of Ultrapulse that is ideal for large pores, sun damage, fine lines, and acne scars. Traditional Ultrapulse requires 10 to 14 days of recovery while people who get Active FX only need four to six days of downtime.

Any laser resurfacing procedure places someone at risk for bacterial infections. Laser procedures also increase someone’s chances of experiencing a herpes outbreak. So, if someone with dormant herpes simplex receives Ultrapulse, it is recommended that they also take antiviral medication or antibiotics.