The Healing Effect of Hyperbaric Chambers for Revision Cosmetic Surgery Patients

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Dr. Babak Azizzadeh, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery expert, discusses positive effects of hyperbaric oxygen in revision cosmetic surgery

There are many benefits of hyperbaric chambers, and it has been proven to shorten the healing time related to revision rhinoplasty and revision facelifts

Hyperbaric chambers are used to deliver hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which initially was developed to treat underwater divers suffering from decompression sickness. It has since been approved by the Hyperbaric Medical Society for several different conditions, including but not limited to smoke inhalation, radiation tissue damage, thermal burns, non-healing skin grafts, serious blood loss, and wounds that fail to heal through conventional treatment. Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS, from the CENTER of Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, California, uses hyperbaric oxygen for complex revision rhinoplasty and revision facelift patients who have compromised soft tissue.

There are two types of hyperbaric chambers, multiplace and monoplace. In multiplace chambers, several patients use the same chamber simultaneously. Each person is given oxygen through a face mask or hood, but all patients receive the same treatment. A staff member remains in the chamber throughout the procedure to guarantee safety. Monoplace chambers, on the other hand, accommodate a single person, and the treatment regimen is designed specifically for each individual. This means that the patient does not have to wear a mask or a hood to receive the oxygen.

“There are many benefits of hyperbaric chambers, and it has been proven to shorten the healing time related to revision rhinoplasty and revision facelifts,” says Dr. Azizzadeh.

Hyperbaric chambers can help resolve unexpected complications post-surgery, dramatically reduce post-surgical bruising, swelling, and inflammation, and speed up healing and recovery time from elective surgery.

“By using hyperbaric oxygen for some of our revision surgeries, we are able to help patients who have compromised soft tissue. As a result, patients actually end up feeling much better overall post-surgery,” says Dr. Azizzadeh.

Hyperbaric oxygen is a safe way to alter the inflammatory process to help wound healing. It cuts down pain and swelling, inflammation in tissues, heals scars better, and it has an anti-bacterial effect.

“In our experience, patients who had this therapy in conjunction with their cosmetic surgery seem to have a shorter recuperation period. That is why we often recommend hyperbaric oxygen for patients who undergo complex revision rhinoplasty or revision facelift,” says Dr. Azizzadeh.

Dr. Azizzadeh is a facelift and rhinoplasty expert, recognized as a Top Doctor by the US News & World Report. He completed a fellowship in facial plastic & reconstructive surgery at the prestigious Harvard Medical School, and is the author of five bestselling books, including “Master Techniques in Facial Rejuvenation” and “Beverly Hills beauty Secrets.” Dr. Azizzadeh has been recognized for his work on several occasions, and has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and countless other media outlets. Dr. Azizzadeh is also the director of the USC Facial Plastic Fellowship Program, as well as the Cedars-Sinai Multispecialty Plastic Surgery Symposium.

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