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What is Oxycure Therapy?

Oxycure Therapy is actually Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy:
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO) is defined by Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) as a treatment in which ‘a patient intermittently breathes 100% oxygen in a special space called hyperbaric chamber.’
This hyperbaric chamber is pressurized to a pressure greater than normal sea level (1 atmosphere absolute, 1 ATA). For this therapy, you enter a special multiple chamber to breathe pure (100%) oxygen in air pressure levels 1,9-2,5 (1,9-2,5 ATA) times higher than the average, normal sea level air.
This special chamber is pressurized with air and you breathe oxygen via a face mask.
By the way, I would like to emphasize that “breathing 100% oxygen at 1 ATA or 1,3 or 1,4 ATA” is not hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy. And its clinical effects are extremely insufficient.

How does ‘Hyperbaric Oxygen’ (Oxycure) Therapy work?

The effects of Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO) are based on the gas laws, and the physiological and biochemical effects of ‘hyperoxia’. Hyperoxia is a state of excess supply of oxygen in tissues and organs.

The amount of gas (Oxygen) dissolved in a liquid (plasma) or tissue is proportional to the partial pressure of that gas (oxygen).

So, this is the basis for increased oxygen tensions with ‘Oxycure’ Therapy. The goal of ‘Oxycure’ therapy is to fill the blood with enough oxygen to repair the tissues and restore cell function. Oxycure therapy stimulates release of ‘Stem Cells’ from bone marrow, and ‘implantation. Oxycure therapy stimulates proliferation and specialization of stem cells at the site of injury. Oxycure facilitates ‘Stem Cell Implantation’ after injection. As a result of these effects we aim to reduce post-transplantation follicle shedding.

What is Oxygen Therapy?

Oxygen Therapy is the same as Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO) and Oxycure Therapy aforementioned above which are used interchangeably. 

The mechanism of effect of increased partial pressure of oxygen :

Most oxygen carried in the blood is bound to hemoglobin in the red blood cell, which is 97% saturated at normal atmospheric pressure (1 ATA). When breathing air in this sea level, arterial oxygen tension is approximately 100 mmHg, and tissue oxygen tension 55 mmHg. 

However, 100% oxygen at the depths that we apply in Oxycure Clinic (at 33-40 feet or 2-2,3 ATA) can increase this 100 mmHg to 1120-1364 mmHg, allowing delivery of 40 ml oxygen per liter of blood. 

When you compare this 40 ml/liter dissolved oxygen in blood to 3 ml/liter at normal sea level that means a 13  fold increase. So, this is sufficient to support resting tissues without a contribution of red blood cells. 

As this sufficient amount of oxygen in our plasma, can also reach physically obstructed areas where red blood cells cannot pass!

The effect of Hyperoxia during ‘Oxycure’ therapy:

Hyperoxia means high oxygen flow to the tissues and organs.During Oxycure therapy, hyperoxia causes vasoconstriction which is compensated for by increased plasma oxygen carriage.

As a result of this we improve microvascular blood flow in traumatized tissue. Such vasoconstriction does however reduce tissue swelling (edema) which contributes to the postsurgical fast healing.Thus Oxycure therapy aims to break the cycle of swelling, oxygen starvation, and tissue damage and death.

And so Oxycure therapy accelerates the healing and improves graft survival.

Enhancement of Healing in selected wounds:

Problem wounds, mainly diabetic foot ulcers and arterial insufficiency ulcers, are among the most common conditions treated with Oxycure Therapy in the world.More than 50 years of clinical experience have demonstrated that Oxycure Therapy can ‘restore cell function’ in which the wound healing process is enhanced. 

Since 1966, Oxycure Therapy has been reported to enhance oxygenation, fibroblast proliferation, collagen synthesis, epithelialization and neovascularization. Furthermore, Hyperbaric oxygen directly kills the anaerobic bacteria and increases the bactericidal activity of the immune system.

In summary Oxycure Therapy is a safe therapy which improves healing by enhancing oxygenation, decreasing oedema, boosting immune system and restoring health. 

This speeds up healing and makes this a cost-effective method of wound care.

Oxycure Therapy Advantages

The main advantage of the use of Oxycure Therapy in Reconstructive Surgery such as hair transplant is that it enhances the oxygenation of the scalp tissue to which the newly-implanted hair grafts are attached. Thus, it allows for the blood flow to the traumatized areas on the scalp which is crucial in terms of graft preservation in the post-surgery process. 

Apart from that, it also helps eliminate the post-op complications that could arise from the traumatic experience that the scalp tissue had due to the surgical incisions during the channel opening phase such as itching, swelling and thus shortening the recovery process.    

The Process of Oxycure Therapy

The process of Oxycure Therapy involves a patient entering a sealed chamber, where the air pressure is gradually increased to levels higher than normal atmospheric pressure. This pressurized environment allows the individual to breathe pure oxygen, promoting increased oxygen penetration to the body. 

Throughout the process of Oxycure Therapy which lasts around 60-90 minutes, induces a feeling of relaxation and calmness. Patients may experience a temporary sensation in the ears, alleviated by equalizing pressure. Oxycure Therapy comes to an end with a gradual reduction in chamber pressure during the decompression phase.  

How does HBO enhance Hair Transplant results?

A number of studies have established increased angiogenesis, healing and improved survival of skin flaps and grafts with Oxycure Therapy. 

Oxycure Therapy maximizes compromised tissue viability, and facilitates graft placement.

Recent clinical researches showed that:

  • Oxycure Therapy was reported to be an excellent procedure to promote capillary regeneration and reduce ischemia-reperfusion injury.
  • Oxycure Therapy reduces the oedema and swelling which improves oxygenation to the graft tissue.
  • Oxycure Therapy results in increased Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) in the graft area in particular.
  • Oxycure Therapy stimulates progenitor ’STEM CELLS’ to the hair transplantation area. Oxycure therapy stimulates proliferation and specialization of stem cells at the site of injury. Oxycure facilitates ‘Stem Cell Implantation’ after injection. For these effects, 1 session of Oxycure therapy is adequate.
  • Oxycure Therapy is able to minimize the postsurgical follicle shedding.
  • Oxycure Therapy reduces folliculitis and itching due to antiinflammatory effects.

Because of these unique clinical evidences Oxycure Therapy is recommended as an adjuvant therapy for hair transplant surgery.

How do you prepare for Oxycure Therapy?

Since you will spend approximately 75-80 minutes in the special chamber, your blood sugar may drop and you will not benefit from the therapy as much as you want. Fasting can affect your oxygen performance, especially considering you slept a few hours the night before, following surgery. This is the main reason why we prefer to take you the next morning after hair transplantation.

Your care team will provide instruction on preparing you to undergo hyperbaric oxygen. For your safety, such as lighters or battery-deviced items (mobiles, headphones, watches etc.) that generate heat are not allowed into the hyperbaric chamber.

What to expect during Oxycure therapy?

In the first phase of the therapy, which we call ‘diving’, we increase the pressure inside the chamber. And this stage takes about 15-20 minutes. We aim to reach a depth of 9-12 meters (1,9-2,3 ATA) in this diving phase of treatment. 

During therapy, the air pressure in the room is about 1,9-2,3 times higher than normal sea level pressure. The increased air pressure will create a temporary feeling of fullness or popping in your ears. 

This is similar to what you might feel in an airplane or at a high altitude like traveling among mountains. Due to this pressure change, you may feel discomfort or blocked in your ears.

So, you can relieve that feeling by yawning, swallowing or better by pinching your nose and blowing the air to the ear. To perform this maneuver, you should close your mouth, hold your nose and gently blow as if you are blowing your nose. You may hear or feel ‘pop’ when the tubes open to make the pressure equal between inside and outside of your ears.

What is a Hyperbaric Chamber?

A hyperbaric chamber refers to a medium designed to expose individuals to increased atmospheric pressure, allowing them to breathe pure oxygen for therapeutic purposes, a process known as Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO).

How do you breathe oxygen in a Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber ?

After the ‘diving’ phase, we want you to put your special mask on and breathe in and breathe out through your mouth, regularly, and smoothly. We also want you to support the mask with your hand to get 100% oxygen efficiently. 

During inhaling and exhaling of oxygen through the mask, you do not need to push yourself. The calmer and more regular oxygen breathing is, the more effective it will be. We usually apply oxygen breathing in 2 stages of 20-25 minutes with a ‘5 minute air break’.

What do you feel inside the Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber?

A few minutes after the diving phase ends and you start breathing oxygen, you feel very relaxed and calm.

So, breathing oxygen at a depth of approximately 10-13 m gives you such a pleasant feeling of comfort and relaxation that you may want the therapy to last longer. Sometimes you can even fall asleep; a feeling like deep meditation.

We make your therapy more entertaining by watching underwater documentaries or listening to music on the television screen in the pressurized chamber.

We call the last 10-14 minutes of the Oxycure therapy ‘decompression’. During this period, we gradually reduce the chamber pressure. At this phase, you get a funny sensation as if tiny air bubbles are coming out of your ears. You will also feel a 2-4 degree coolness in this phase.

Hyperbaric Chamber Benefits

Hyperbaric Chamber as a viable solution for various medical conditions offers a wide range of therapeutic benefits to the patients which are as follows:

  1. Wound Healing: HBOT can enhance the healing of chronic wounds, including diabetic ulcers and non-healing surgical wounds, by promoting tissue repair and regeneration.
  2. Decompression Sickness: It is effective in treating decompression sickness (the bends) that can occur in divers who ascend too quickly.
  3. Infections: HBOT can help fight certain types of infections, especially those caused by bacteria that thrive in low-oxygen environments.
  4. Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: It is used to treat carbon monoxide poisoning by increasing the elimination of carbon monoxide from the body and improving oxygen delivery to tissues.
  5. Radiation Injury: HBOT may reduce tissue damage caused by radiation therapy and improve the healing of radiation-induced injuries.
  6. Bone and Tissue Injuries: It can accelerate the healing of bone fractures and help in the repair of damaged tissues.
  7. Oxygenation of Tissues: By delivering high concentrations of oxygen to the body, HBOT helps oxygenate tissues and organs, potentially improving overall bodily function.
  8. Neurological Conditions: Some research suggests that HBOT may have neuroprotective effects and could be beneficial in certain neurological conditions, although more studies are needed.
  9. Traumatic Brain Injury: HBOT is being explored as a potential treatment for traumatic brain injuries, with studies examining its impact on cognitive function and recovery.
  10. Compromised Grafts and Flaps: It can enhance the success of grafts and flaps in reconstructive surgery by improving blood flow and tissue oxygenation.

After Oxycure Therapy 

After the session you feel relaxed and may be light headed. Not because of anxiety or lack of sleep or low blood sugar level. But, Oxycure therapy induces a kind of meditative and relaxed mood. But this pleasant effect returns to normal within 30-40 minutes. In any case, after Oxycure, you will feel clearer and more relaxed. 

Why Choose Vera Clinic for the Best Hair Transplant Turkey

Selecting the right hair transplant clinic Turkey is crucial to ensuring the success of your procedure and maximizing the benefits of OxyCure Treatment:

  • Experience and expertise: Vera Clinic specializes in hair transplantation and has a team of experienced surgeons with a proven track record of success.
  • Accreditation and certification: Vera Clinic meets international standards for quality and safety, and that the surgeons are certified by reputable organizations.
  • Technology and equipment: Vera Clinic utilizes the latest technology and equipment to provide the best possible results.
  • Reviews and testimonials: Research the reputation of our clinic by reading reviews and testimonials from previous patients, and look for hair transplant before after photos to get an idea of the results you can expect.

Oxycure FAQs

How long do oxycure therapy sessions last?

For most conditions, hyperbaric oxygen therapy lasts approximately 75-80 minutes. After hair transplantation surgery we apply 1 or 2 consecutive Oxycure sessions.

 Is “Oxycure Therapy” safe?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a safe, non-invasive treatment. Members of your healthcare team will monitor you and the therapy unit throughout your treatment. One medical staff member will accompany you during your first phase (diving) of the oxycure therapy and at least for the first oxygen breathing period.

Are there any side effects of Oxycure Therapy?

The most critical phase of Oxycure therapy is the first stage of 12-13 minutes, during which the pressure increases slowly. As I explained in detail before, in this earlier phase, the increased air pressure will create a temporary feeling of fullness or popping in your ears. So, you can equalize the ears and relieve that feeling by yawning, swallowing, or, better, by pinching your nose and blowing the air to the ear gently. 

In addition to ear discomfort, I may only indicate sinus congestion during the first 3-5 meters of the diving phase. Luckily, it is a scarce condition with an incidence of 1 in 10.000. And, for this sinus problem, you may have noticed during your flight. If you do not feel any problem during the landing phase of your flights, I can practically say you will have no problem in the chamber.

Because oxy-cure therapy is applied “very well and at a pressure and time” specifically for your ‘hair transplant procedure,’ you will never experience any side effects or complications mentioned in some sources or on Google. Furthermore, following the best hair transplant surgery, we apply two consecutive Oxycure sessions. That is why you will have no long-term side effects, either.

How can you be so confident and comfortable about Oxycure Therapy?

With 33 years of expertise and thousands of pressure chamber dives (Oxycure Therapy).The other reason is  we apply not more than 2 Oxycure sessions.

How many sessions of Oxycure therapy should I receive in total?

According to recent research and our clinical experiences, we recommend 1 or 2 consecutive sessions after the hair transplantation. But, if you are diabetic patient, or if there is a burn or other scar tissue in the transplantation area, it would be appropriate to evaluate you for the most convenient approach. It may be necessary to start oxycure therapy before hair transplantation. Or, after transplantation 3 to 5 more Oxycure Therapy will be more effective.

What is Ozone Therapy? 

Ozone therapy refers to the process of administering ozone gas into your body to treat a disease or wound. Ozone is a colorless gas made up of three atoms of oxygen. 

In 2019, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stated that ozone has no proven medical applications. Still, some research has found that ozone may be used to treat medical conditions by stimulating the immune system. In the clinics, ozone therapy gas is made from medical-grade oxygen sources. 

According to a study, when ozone comes into contact with body fluids, the resulting reactions form more proteins and red blood cells. This increases oxygen supply in your body. 

What are the differences between ozone therapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

FDA has approved HBO Therapy to treat the following:

  • Air or gas bubbles in your blood vessels (air or gas embolism)
  • The Bends (Decompression sickness)
  • Burns
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Gangrene is caused by the bacteria Clostridium (Gas Gangrene)
  • Hearing loss
  • Loss of vision
  • Injuries that cut or break your skin (wounds)
  • Skin grafts
  • Severe anemia
  • Severe bone and skin infections
  • Trauma from force or pressure on a body part (crush injury)
  • Radiation injuries

What is Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy? 

Recently, The American Medical Association (AMA), The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS), and the FDA issued statements formally acknowledging the use of “mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy” as unsafe in certain settings due to the dangers of fire and suffocation that are presented in settings that operate of FDA guidelines. 

The Risks of Using Oxygen with Zippered Chambers: In addition to the CMS-approved indications for HBO Therapy, the FDA has only approved a large, zippered bag-type chamber intended solely for the treatment of “Altitude sickness.” These zippered chambers provide pressure but do not connect to oxygen tanks. The FDA has not approved these bags for use with “OXYGEN” tanks or “OXYGEN” concentrators. Some people have used these bags to make their own HBO Therapy devices, which pose a high risk of fire and suffocation. As Oxycure, we are on a mission to raise awareness of the “healing benefits” that HBO provides and do so safely. If any healthcare provider has recommended you as a candidate for HBO therapy, you should look for the hard-sided medical grade chambers capable of 1,5-5,0 ATA working pressure. This HBO treatment center should be supervised by specially trained physicians during each treatment session.

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