Hyperbaric medicine, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), is a field of medicine that using pure oxygen and increases in air pressure to treat a variety of conditions and improve general wellness. HBOT originally developed to treat decompression issues associated with diving, but it has come a long way since then. It is now used to treat a wide variety of conditions.
At Facial Aesthetic Concepts, we offer Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy as both preoperative and postoperative treatment to help increase circulation and reduce discomfort throughout the body. The most popular procedures that can benefit from Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy include face lifts, eyelid lifts, breast surgeries, nasal reconstruction and rhinoplasty, and abdominal surgeries. To find out more, contact Facial Aesthetic Concepts today to schedule your consultation.
HBOT and Plastic Surgery
An increase in blood blow is the biggest advantage offer by hyperbaric therapy. The blood is also more highly oxygenated that it would be a normal pressure level environment. This has enormous therapeutic benefit in terms of promoting healing. Patients recovering from plastic or cosmetic surgery are helped by hyperbaric medicine by increasing blood flow and oxygen to damaged tissues.
As a post-op treatment, it also helps minimize swelling, reduce pain, and speed up the body’s natural healing processes. Oxygen also has an anti-bacterial effect that can reduce possible infections, or fight off infection if a patient has complications. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has been reported to reduce recovery times by 33 to 50 percent.
About the Procedure
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is generally conducted in a single-person hyperbaric chamber, although pressurized rooms that can hold multiple patients also exist. The pressure in the chamber is increased to three-times the normal level and filled with pure oxygen. Many people experience a sense of fullness in the ears, similar to going on a flight or changing elevation in the mountains. That can normally be resolved by yawning and/or swallowing. The discomfort is usually minimal. Many patients feel much better afterward.
This form of therapy has a multitude of applications of which these are only a few. Hyperbaric medicine is gradually increasing in use. In the future, its ability to increase circulation may be applied to treating diseases like multiple sclerosis and other difficult to treat conditions. Dr. Gangnes or one of our other medical staff members can help you determine if Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is right for you.