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Hyperbarics Accelerates Plastic Surgery Recovery

By Lisa St. John, M.S.
Hyperbarics Accelerates Plastic Surgery Recovery

Over the last year, plastic surgeons have referred many patients to us. Our purpose is to heal our community, and it is our deepest joy to watch our patients as they heal faster and more completely than they would have without hyperbarics. Many of our patients have mentioned that their scar tissue has decreased dramatically, in some cases it has become almost invisible.

What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)?

HBOT is a non-invasive medical treatment that involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber. This therapy increases the oxygen concentration in the bloodstream, allowing it to reach tissues and organs more effectively. The heightened oxygen levels stimulate the body's natural healing processes, promoting tissue repair and regeneration.

How HBOT Accelerates Healing After Plastic Surgery

Heals Grafts and Flaps

Grafts and flaps are commonly used in plastic surgery to restore lost tissue or enhance certain features. However, these techniques are prone to complications such as poor blood supply, leading to graft or flap failure. HBOT significantly reduces the risk of complications by promoting angiogenesis, forming new blood vessels, and enhancing blood flow to the surgical site. This ensures adequate oxygen and nutrient supply to the graft or flap, facilitating its integration and minimizing the risk of tissue necrosis.

Heals Infections

Infections are a potential risk following any surgical procedure, including plastic surgery. HBOT exhibits potent antimicrobial properties, effectively combating bacterial, viral, and fungal infections. By boosting the immune system and enhancing white blood cell function, HBOT accelerates the body's ability to eradicate pathogens and prevent infection-related complications. Incorporating HBOT into the post-operative care regimen can significantly reduce the incidence of surgical site infections, ensuring a smoother recovery process.

Reduces Scar Tissue

Scar formation is a common concern after plastic surgery, impacting both the aesthetic outcome and functional recovery. HBOT minimizes scar tissue formation by modulating inflammatory responses and promoting collagen remodeling. HBOT helps achieve optimal cosmetic results with minimal scarring by accelerating wound healing and tissue regeneration. Patients undergoing HBOT post-surgery often experience improved wound healing and smoother, less conspicuous scars.

Applications of HBOT in Plastic Surgery

HBOT offers a wide range of applications in various plastic surgery procedures, including:

Facelifts, Liposuction, Tummy Tucks, Breast Augmentation/Reduction

These popular cosmetic surgeries often involve extensive tissue manipulation and trauma. HBOT accelerates healing, reduces swelling and bruising, and enhances skin tightening, resulting in faster recovery and superior cosmetic outcomes.

Reconstructive Surgeries

Patients undergoing reconstructive procedures, such as breast reconstruction or scar revision, can benefit from HBOT's ability to promote tissue regeneration and enhance wound healing. HBOT helps optimize tissue viability and improve surgical outcomes, particularly in complex compromised tissue quality cases.

Microvascular Surgeries

Microvascular surgeries, such as free flap reconstruction, require meticulous surgical techniques and demand optimal tissue perfusion for graft survival. HBOT improves blood circulation, reduces ischemia-reperfusion injury, and enhances graft viability, making it an invaluable adjunctive therapy for microvascular procedures.

Considering HBOT After Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery patients should discuss HBOT with their provider for better healing and results. By addressing potential complications early and promoting optimal tissue healing, HBOT can shorten recovery times, minimize discomfort, and enhance overall satisfaction with the surgical results.

Recover with Hyberbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a powerful adjunctive treatment that can significantly accelerate healing and enhance outcomes for plastic surgery patients. HBOT offers a valuable opportunity to optimize the surgical experience and improve patient satisfaction by promoting tissue repair, reducing complications, and improving cosmetic results. If you're considering plastic surgery, don't hesitate to inquire about the benefits of HBOT with Bay Area Hyperbarics.

If you want to learn more about hyperbaric chambers for wound healing, contact our team today!

Lisa St. John, M.S.
Lisa St. John, M.S.
Clinic Director and Founder

Lisa is our Clinic Director and Founder. She earned her Master’s degree from Harvard University, completed a Fellowship at Stanford University, and has spent the last 30 years working in the healthcare field.

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