Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Cosmetic Surgery (Pre & Post)
Reasons why Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) should be considered for even elective cosmetic surgery:
- Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is proven to reduce swelling.
- Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy helps clear out bacterial and fungal infection and mobilizes white blood cells to help prevent infection.
- Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy stimulates Angiogenesis for blood vessel growth, tissue nourishment and improved healing rates. It is true that Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy may be a costly treatment and certainly isn’t necessary for every case, but if a patient’s healing is compromised or may be compromised, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can make quite a difference in the healing response time.
Below are a few articles explaining why having hyperbaric oxygen therapy would be a beneficial treatment for patients with plastic surgery and post-surgical healing.
Post-Surgical Healing and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Recovering from surgery is no walk in the park. With hyperbaric oxygen therapy, you can heal faster, experience fewer post-surgical side effects and decrease chance post-surgery infections.
Post-surgical Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
After undergoing surgery, a patient’s number-one job is to heal. With a serious or large surgery, this in itself can be difficult! The body has to recover from major trauma while avoiding infections that surgery has left the body open to. Too often, surgery patients are locked up at home to heal, becoming weaker and more depressed with each passing day.
With the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for post-surgical healing, patients can experience an increase in speed as to how quickly their wounds heal. Hyperbaric surgery has a number of benefits for pre- and post-surgical patients. Together, these benefits work together to create a healthier healing environment for post-surgical patients.
HBOT delivers more oxygen to cells. Cells use this oxygen to repair more quickly. Since so many cells are damaged during a surgical process, this is a massive benefit. Hyperbaric oxygen can also help the body heal more quickly. This, in turn, leads to a decrease in post-surgery infections. The longer a wound takes to heal, the more likely it is to become infected. Quicker healing is the key to easy surgical healing. The research makes it clear that hyperbaric oxygen therapy is an affordable and efficient way to heal more quickly after surgery.
As more and more Americans turn to cosmetic surgery to change the traits that they find unappealing, there has been an uptick in the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. After surgery, many plastic surgeons prescribe HBOT sessions to patients to help them recover more quickly from surgery. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy increase oxygen flow to the surgical site, which reduces swelling that is typical with cosmetic surgery and speeds up recovery time.
Many people who are undergoing surgery wonder just how well hyperbaric oxygen therapy works for post-surgical patients. It’s a surprising and exciting statistic. People who go through Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy before and after surgery may heal up to 80% faster than patients who did not get Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy at all. An added bonus of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for post-surgical use is that many patients have far less scarring at the surgical site than patients who did not get any Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy before or after surgery. This can be attributed to the healing properties of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The body has plenty of oxygen to repair and close up a wound site, leading to smaller and less noticeable scars. This is an especially great benefit for people who have surgery on visible parts of their bodies. Less scarring can reduce questions and make patients less self-conscious about the appearance of their body.
The research makes it clear that hyperbaric oxygen therapy is an affordable and efficient way to heal more quickly after surgery. As more and more people have to go through routine surgeries to maintain their health, this information can literally save lives and reduce side effects from surgery. If you are going through surgery, it is beneficial to inquire about getting hyperbaric oxygen therapy sessions pre- or post-surgery.
emfnews November 20, 2013
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) for Plastic Surgery Patients
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 Oxygen Therapy , allows a patient to breathe 100% 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. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy 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 doctors have begun using Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to help plastic surgery patients recover more quickly after surgery. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy helps minimize swelling, cut down pain, and speed 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 33 to 50 percent.
How is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Administered?
Patients undergoing hyperbaric treatment for speedier recovery after surgery will attend a series of therapy sessions following surgery. During the therapy, individuals lay on a bed encased in a clear plastic chamber. The chamber’s pressure increases and the doctor fills the chamber with oxygen. The sensation in the chamber has been likened to the feel of a descending airplane. The session may last up to 90 minutes, and many doctors set up a television or radio for patients during the treatment. Patients undergoing Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for post-op wound healing will likely need to attend several treatments. Some doctors recommend pre-op sessions for patients, as well. The total number of hyperbaric treatments will depend on the individual patient.
by Trudi Schrieber and Dr. Roy B. Stoller
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