Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized room or chamber. This is a well-established treatment for poor-healing wounds, serious infection and other diseases. In a hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber, the air pressure is increased higher than normal air pressure. Under these conditions, your lungs are able to gather more oxygen than you would be able to under normal circumstances. Your blood carries this oxygen throughout the body, which helps to promote healing, fight bacteria and stimulate the release of substances called stem cells and growth factors.
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Benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to treat several medical conditions, including:
- Poor-healing wounds
- Skin graft or skin flat at risk of tissue death
- Severe anemia
- Bubbles of air in your blood vessels
Some studies also show that hyperbaric oxygen therapy may be a good anti-aging treatment. It helps promote cell repair, sagging skin, age spots, wrinkling, poor collagen structure, and skin cell damage by increasing circulation to the most peripheral areas of the body.
Candidate for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Recipients of hyperbaric oxygen therapy typically include those with poor-healing wounds, who have tried traditional wound healing strategies and have not healed in the appropriate amount of time. This treatment can be used for people of all ages. It is recommended that you are medically cleared by your physician before undergoing hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
How Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Works
As Aristocrat Plastic Surgery & MedAesthetics being an outpatient facility, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is performed on the terrace of our Manhattan facility. Our hyperbaric chamber is designed for one person, in which they will sit or lie down for 30 minutes to an hour.. During hyperbaric oxygen therapy, the air pressure in the chamber is higher than normal, which can create a temporary feeling of fullness in your ears, which can be relieved by yawning or swallowing. Members of the Aristocrat Plastic Surgery & MedAesthetics team will monitor you and the therapy chamber throughout your treatment. To benefit from hyperbaric oxygen therapy, you will likely need more than one session, depending on your condition.