Hyperbaric Plus™ Oxygen Therapy For Plastic Surgery Patients
Many plastic surgeons are now recommending Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to their patients after procedures such as liposuction, rhinoplasty, breast augmentation, face lifts, tummy tucks and more.
What is Hyperbaric™ Oxygen Therapy?
When you open a can of cola, you’ll hear that “pop” or fizz caused by the release of pressure on the liquid inside. Before you crack the seal of the can, the contents are highly pressurized, enabling the liquid inside to hold CO2 bubbles, or carbonation. If you were to leave your opened can sit for a few days, you’d find that your cola goes “flat,” because the air in the liquid escapes. Why, exactly, does this happen? If you recall from chemistry or physics class, when you increase the pressure on a liquid, you also increase the liquid’s ability to absorb gas. The same law applies to your bloods ability to absorb oxygen, and doctors have learned to use pressure to improve blood’s oxygenation, which has many positive consequences for patients.
How Does Hyperbaric™ Oxygen Therapy Work?
The therapy, called Hyperbaric Plus™ Oxygen Therapy, allows a patient to breathe oxygen at pressures greater than normal atmospheric pressure. The pressure causes the blood to take up greater volumes of oxygen, which speeds the healing process by increasing blood flow and oxygen receipt to damaged tissues. HBO has proven effective for a variety of health conditions including burns, carbon monoxide poisoning, diabetic ulcers, wounds that won’t heal, soft tissue infections, and more.
Many plastic surgeons have begun using Hyperbaric Plus™ Oxygen to help plastic surgery patients prepare in advance of surgery and recover more quickly after surgery. Our therapy helps minimize swelling, reduce pain, and speeds up the body’s healing processes. Oxygen also has an anti-bacterial effect, which helps reduce possible infections, or fight off infection if a patient has complications. The therapy is said to reduce recovery times by 50 to 70 percent!
How is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Administered?
Patients undergoing hyperbaric treatment for speedier recovery after surgery will attend a series of ninety-minute therapy sessions before and/or following surgery. During the therapy, individuals lay on a bed encased in one of our large chambers. The sensation in the chamber has been likened to the feel of a descending airplane. Patients undergoing therapy for post-op wound healing will likely need to attend several treatments and the total number of hyperbaric treatment sessions will depend on the individual patient.
How Can I Receive Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
To find out how you can increase your body’s ability to heal after plastic surgery through hyperbaric treatment, and whether you are a good candidate, contact our us today. We will be happy to schedule your personal consultation at one of the LyfeWell clinics.