Recuperate & Return To Life Faster

At C + Co Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics, in Charlottesville, Virginia, Dr. Elizabeth Chance prioritizes smooth and stress-free recovery. During each procedure, she employs a series of surgical techniques to reduce postoperative swelling, bleeding, and discomfort. To facilitate an even better patient recovery experience, she also offers Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). HBOT exposes the body to higher-than-average amounts of oxygen, which stimulates faster healing at a cellular level.

How Does Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Work?

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) occurs in a pressurized space, where the patient simply has to lie down and breathe normally while the oxygen level in their body passively increases. The heightened pressure of the Hyperbaric setting spurs the body to process more oxygen into the blood than normal. 

Increased levels of oxygen in the blood are beneficial because more oxygen leads to improved cellular health. Healthy cells are a foundational component of healthy tissues and organs, and ultimately affect the health of the whole body. HBOT sessions last from 60-90 minutes, depending on patient need. 

What Benefits Can I Expect From Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Patients who undergo regular HBOT treatments will have a significant reduction in swelling and inflammation as they heal from surgery. HBOT also increases blood flow, which helps steer more nutrients and oxygen to the healing body parts. In broad terms, HBOT promotes helps patients recover faster and decreases the risk of infection from viruses, bacteria, and fungi, which die in high-oxygen environments.

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What Risks Should I Expect?

When performed under the care of an expert medical team in a properly accredited environment, HBOT is a safe and effective treatment. Oxygen toxicity is a rare risk and is normally only seen in hospitals, which use much higher amounts of oxygen. For peace of mind, our caring staff carefully monitors patients as they undergo HBOT.

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