Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) uses a pressure chamber to deliver pure oxygen to a patient. It is best known as a treatment for decompression sickness associated with scuba diving, but it has many other uses. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy provides many physical benefits, including speeding up the recovery process following plastic surgery.
HBOT for Faster Post-Operative Recovery and Healing
Proper healing is essential to plastic surgery outcomes. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a non-invasive, natural, prescription-free way to heal your body. It works on the cellular level by allowing oxygen to enter all the body’s fluids. Instead of red blood cells doing all the hard work of oxygenation, plasma, lymphatic fluid and cerebrospinal fluid help deliver oxygen. This tremendous amount of available oxygen allows the body to grow new cells, build connective tissue, reduce inflammation, and improve immune response. With surgery, these increased abilities minimize healing time and improve the overall result.
How Does HBOT Work?
The increased air pressure in the hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber allows your lungs to take in more oxygen than they could at standard pressure. By carrying this extra oxygen through your body, you encourage your system to release growth factors and stem cells, speeding up healing time.
During your treatment, all you need to do is relax. The time you will remain in the chamber will depend on your specific treatment plan.
Which Procedures Would Benefit From HBOT?
The healing benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy work for any procedure or injury. It is particularly beneficial for any procedures involving fat transfers, removals or transplants. These procedures include:
- Breast reconstructions and augmentations
- Butt lifts
- Facelifts of all kinds
- Abdominal tucks
HBOT is also used before a procedure to improve outcomes. Even injuries not related to reconstruction, such as complex orthopedic surgeries or radiation burns from chemotherapy, can benefit from oxygen therapy. Anything that would benefit from increased or accelerated healing can benefit from HBOT.
How Many Treatments Do I Need?
This will depend on the type of procedure/condition and your body’s oxygen uptake. For some people, the increased benefits can last up to 24 hours, but it can be considerably less for others. Multiple treatments over several days provide the best benefit for speeding the healing process.
What Are the Side Effects of HBOT?
HBOT is an extremely safe treatment method. You will be screened for any contraindications to further minimize any risks. The most common side effects are also quite easy to manage. They are:
- Ear or sinus pressure: Much like air travel, you may feel pressure in your ears. Yawning usually takes care of this minor issue. Sometimes your sinuses will also experience pressure, and you can clear it the same way. However, if you have a sinus cold or infection, it may be best to avoid treatment until it clears up.
- Claustrophobia: This is usually identified before treatment. You will be able to see around you and breathe easily, which makes it feel far less confining than you imagine. It often helps to see the chamber ahead of time. Speak to the team about any claustrophobia you may have, and they will work with you to address your concerns.
- Hypoglycemia: Blood sugar levels often decline during HBOT. Although it isn’t understood why, if you have diabetes, you may need to take special precautions before treatment. Your therapy team can explain any specific treatment requirements during your evaluation.
Are You Interested in Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
At Avance Plastic Surgery, Dr. Erez Dayan can help design an HBOT plan for before or after your procedure, as well as for the general healing benefits for non-surgical events. Contact the office today to speed up your healing process and improve your results