Within a specialized chamber, the air pressure is increased to about two to three times more than the pressure in the natural environment at sea level. Since being discovered in the early 20th century, this treatment has been proven to be an effective therapy for many medical conditions. It has the amazing capacity to speed healing by flooding the body with therapeutic oxygen.

How Does it Work?

After undergoing gender affirmation surgery, the altered area is starved for oxygen. The associated inflammation and trauma affect the blood vessels, causing fluid to flood the traumatized tissues, leading to swelling (edema), which further deprives the cells of oxygen.

Within the hyperbaric chamber, the oxygen molecules are compressed by the increased pressure.

This creates an effect that makes the oxygen molecules more soluble, obeying the scientific principles of Henry’s Gas Law. This natural phenomenon has a remarkable effect of dissolving in the plasma of your blood up to 18 times the “normal” concentration of oxygen. The oxygen dissolved in your plasma can then travel to the injured tissues whose blood supplies have been disrupted, thus repairing the oxygen-starved flaps and grafts.

Normally, only the red blood cells transport oxygen throughout the body. With the oxygen now available to the body in the blood plasma, an alternate transport route is created to deliver higher quantities of oxygen to healing tissues. Typically, there is a very limited blood supply to new flaps and grafts. With HBOT, these oxygen-starved tissues have access to the oxygen-rich fluid needed to stimulate healing and recovery.

Natural Oxygen vs. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

The air we breathe contains 21% oxygen. By providing pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber, your body has access to up to 18 times more oxygen than breathing 100% oxygen without the increase in pressure of a hyperbaric chamber. This high-pressure concentration of oxygen provides a range of dramatic therapeutic benefits.

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A Double Benefit

After gender affirmation surgery, the body is surgically altered to match the identity of the individual, with advanced techniques that include flaps, grafts, and many incisions. All surgeries have risks, but the extent of the physical alterations in many gender affirmation surgeries makes the risk of complications higher. Delivering our oxygen therapy in a “hyperbaric” environment enables us to:

  • Dramatically reduce swelling (edema)
  • Dissolve very high concentrations of oxygen in the plasma of the blood, thus opening an alternate route to supply oxygen to threatened flaps and grafts.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy dramatically reduces the risk of complications after gender-affirming surgery, speeds healing, and causes the body to develop more supple, resilient scar tissue that is far more cosmetically pleasing and functional.

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