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Surgery - Pre and Post Surgery

 Patients have found that they can significantly reduce their healing time after surgery by a combination of:

  1. Hyperbaric Oxygen treatments before and after surgery
  2. IV Vitamin drips before and/or after surgery  


Background: Hyperbaric oxygen therapy(HBO) is well established as an adjunctive treatment in burn patients (Annals of Plastic Surgery, 1978).

Plastic and reconstructive surgery patients undergoing chemical peel and laser skin resurfacing receive an iatrogenic injury similar to that sustained by burn victims. Laser resurfacing patients have wound edema and erythema that may persist for weeks to months and delays the return of the patient to normal activities of life. It is hypothesized that early and aggressive use of HBO to these patients could shorten the recovery period as measured by intensity and duration of erythema.

Methods: In a recent test at another facility, Patients undergoing laser dermabrasion are given HBO for 90 minutes beginning the first postoperative day and daily for 6 to 10 consecutive days and were followed clinically by their operating surgeons. Results: To date 12 patients have been studied. 11 patients were female, and 1 was male. Age range 45 to 66 years. 11 patients had never had previous laser or chemical peel surgery, and 1 had previously undergone similar surgery without HBO. All 12 patients tolerated the HBO well and no complications occurred. All 12 patients appeared to have diminished intensity and duration of erythema.

Conclusions: This preliminary study suggests that HBO administered post operatively to laser skin resurfacing patients is well tolerated and may shorten the intensity and duration of erythema. Further studies are indicated. 

Cosmetic Surgeons and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy 

Hyperbaric oxygen can:

Help resolve unexpected complications post-surgery.

Dramatically reduce post-surgical bruising, swelling, and inflammation.

Speed up healing and recovery time from elective surgery.

Important effects of post-surgical hyperbaric oxygen for your patients would be the stimulation of leukocyte microbial killing, the enhancement of fibroblast replication, and increased collagen formation and neovascularization of ischemic tissue.

Hyperbaric oxygen is a safe way to alter the inflammatory process to help wound healing. It cuts down pain and swelling, inflammation in tissues, and it has an anti-bacterial effect. Patients who had this therapy in conjunction with their cosmetic surgery seem to have a shorter recuperation period. And scars have been shown to heal better with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Cosmetic surgeons are recommending hyperbaric oxygen particularly for patients who have problems with healing. They may have been smokers, overweight, they may be immunity suppressed, or their incisions may have become infected, etc.

The bruising goes away faster, swelling decreases faster, and the patients actually feel better overall. HBOT is known to be exceedingly effective for laser peels. After a laser peel, lingering redness is a problem for many patients. The chamber gets rid of the red more quickly. For liposuction, the chamber helps the swelling decrease much faster, which results in less post-operative discomfort.

Normally, only red blood cells are fully saturated with oxygen molecules and the body consumes energy sending it to demanding cells.

However, inside the hyperbaric oxygen chamber, oxygen obeys Henry’s Universal Gas Law and so the oxygen becomes soluble using passive diffusion to saturate the plasma and cerebrospinal fluid.

Depending on the treatment depth, the patient will leave the chamber saturated with up to twenty times normal oxygen levels.

HBOT triggers many positive physiological events:

New tissue striving to fill the dead tissue wound space requires a 24 times oxidative burst. This intense competition for oxygen can cause inflammation and swelling. HBOT provides this additional oxygen.

HBOT sessions prior to surgery will eliminate the reperfusion phenomenon, reducing the chance of scar tissue forming. It also reduces inflamation and swelling.

Hypoxia in normally perfused tissue can unexpectedly occur post-surgically due to an inflammatory response and edema. HBOT corrects hypoxia and dramatically reduces inflammation and swelling.

HBOT increases fibroblast replication and collagen production. It also raises the RNA/DNA ratio in the tissues, indicating increased formation of rough endoplasmic reticulum of cells of the wounded area.

HBOT can speed up healing in patients undergoing face lifts, skin resurfacing with laser or chemical peels, tummy tucks, breast reduction and enlargement surgery and many more conditions. We have found that HBOT shortens the recuperation time by 33% to 50%, reduces swelling and pain and may improve the results.

Patients come to our facility to use our hyperbaric oxygen treatment in conjunction with their cosmetic surgery.


Intravenous infusions of vitamin, minerals, and specialty nutritional products can provide an essential boost to most who can not ingest supplements, who suffer from gastrointestinal disease, or who need aggressive high dose therapies.  high doess of vitamins and supplements before and after surgery can accelerate the healing process.

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Article Last Updated: 08/26/2015