Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a special form of treatment that has been used in medicine for many years. It can treat a wide variety of illnesses and also has application in wound healing. It has been used for many years and showed impressive results for various wound-healing applications and in fighting serious infections. Burn victims have benefited from this kind of therapy, as well as people suffering from wounds specific to diabetes and gangrene, trauma that causes tissue death or necrosis, and injuries from radiation. It can also assist with circulation problems, which can prevent amputation.
HBOT is the medicinal use of oxygen at higher than normal atmospheric pressure. One hundred percent oxygen is inhaled by the patient and is absorbed by the body. Oxygen levels are raised in the tissues at more than 1000 times the norm. That extra oxygen dramatically improves healing, cuts down on pain and swelling, and has been shown to increase blood circulation and brain function (especially in people who have suffered concussion). Some studies even claim that this additional oxygen can help detoxify the body. Many people who have experienced HBOT have reported feeling more energized and healthier overall.
At Facial Aesthetic Concepts, our surgeons have found a way to integrate HBOT into both preoperative and postoperative care for our surgical patients. The use of this therapy can help lessen pain and discomfort, improve blood flow to tissues, speed up recovery and healing, and even improve overall results. The most popular procedures that can and do benefit from pre- and postoperative HBOT include face lifts, eyelid lifts, breast surgeries, nasal reconstruction and rhinoplasties, and abdominal surgeries. Even non-surgical procedures such as liposuction and chemical or laser peels can benefit from the use of HBOT. It’s all about a focus on rapid recovery and less discomfort — that means it’s all about you, the patient, and your satisfaction and comfort.
Having HBOT is generally a very comfortable experience. When it begins, you might feel pressure in your ears, very similar to the feeling some people get when flying in an airplane. At the end of the treatment, you may feel your ears “pop,” too. But the bulk of the treatment is comfortable and relaxing. Many patients fall asleep during HBOT, while others prefer to relax by reading or listening to music.
To learn more about hyperbaric oxygen therapy and how it might benefit you before and after your procedure, call our offices today. We can answer your questions about HBOT and see if it will work for you.