Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Speeds up Recovery Following Plastic Surgery Procedure

Deep chemical peels are commonly used by plastic surgeons to help with severely sun damaged skin, coarse wrinkles, scars, and even pre-cancerous growths. The procedure uses a chemical, Phenol, that removes the top layer of skin, causing smoother and younger looking skin to grow back.

Phenol are the most aggressive type of skin peel, but can produce more dramatic results. The downside is that it involves longer recovery times. This is where hyperbaric oxygen comes into the picture. Hyperbaric therapy helps to speed up healing. In this study, patients undergoing phenol chemical peel (PCP) were divided into 2 groups.

The first group had PCP only and the second group had 5 sessions of hyperbaric oxygen therapy following PCP. The Results: Hyperbaric oxygen therapy following PCP was associated with faster recovery as assessed by both patients and caregivers

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