How hyperbaric oxygen helps speed up healing for cosmetic surgery patients


Beverly Hills: Along with new surgical techniques, Dr Paul Nassif (pictured right) of Spalding Drive Plastic Surgery is using hperbaric oxygen to reduce pain and swellling and speed up the healing process after cosmetic surgery.

Hyperbaric oxygen is a medical treatment which uses 100% oxygen which is given to the whole body in a pressure chamber. Oxygen which is the most important element necessary for the health of all cells in the body, is raised hundreds of times more than normal. This high level of oxygen has dramatic effects on the cells and speeds up the body’s natural healing process.

Under normal circumstances, oxygen is transported through the entire body only by the red blood cells, which already carry 98% of their capacity for oxygen. With hyperbaric oxygen therapy, oxygen is dissolved into all the body’s fluids and tissues, and can even be carried to areas where the circulation is compromised or even blocked.

This allows extra oxygen to reach all of the damaged tissues so that the body can carry on its own healing process. This increased oxygen gretly enhances the ability of the white blood cells to kill bacteria, reduce local swelling, and promote collagen formation.

Hyperbaric oxygen treatments are painless and pleasant even after recent surgery. Each treatment lasts for about one hour in the hyperbaric oxygen chamber. You will be impressed by how comfortable and relaxing the treatment is.

An additional benefit of this tretament is the reduction of stress and anxiety over the recent surgery. Many patients sleep during the procedure and find it similar to meditation.

Dr Paul Nassif is a rhinoplasty specialist and facial plastic surgeon. He developed the “anti-gravity” facelift which leaves no visible scars and is noted for achieving natural-looking results in the shortest recovery time. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles on facial plastic surgery and has given medical conference presentations and lectures about the latest surgical techniques. For more information about Dr Nassif visit
Listen to our ELIXIR podcast interview with Dr Nassif on hyperbaric oxygen treatment and also on the anti-gravity facelift ELIXIR PODCASTS

Rejuvenate with the Oxyjet anti-ageing facial


London: The Oxyjet Correction Facial is a new anti-ageing treatment that breathes life into stressed and ageing skin.

It is a special and intensive anti-ageing treatment for smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, especially under the eyes, as well as softening and plumping nasal fold lines.

The five phases of the treatment include cleansing, exfoliation, delivering the anti-ageing serum deep into the skin using pressurised oxygen and rehydrating leave the skin soft, smooth and vital.

A total of five treatments are recommended with top ups every other month to produce new skin, reduce wrinkles and fine lines. It also retexturises and is an intensive hydrator , diminishes scars and stretchmarks, acne, improves performance of the skin, increases collagen production and repairs sun damage

After cleansing and toning, exfoliation, the anti-ageing serum is pressure injected into the cells using oxygen and a moisture mask is applied for 15 minutes. This contains lipids and vitamin A & E to re-hydate the skin – while this is working you receive an oxygen inhalation to invigorate the whole body.

Costs $234 (£120, €178) and is available at Janet Ginnings, 45 Curzon Street Mayfair London W1 T: + 44 (0)20 7499 1904.

Anti-ageing tea better than water

Drinking tea is more beneficial than drinking water, according to research published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Tea not only rehydrates you as well as water does, but it can also offer protection against heart disease and cancer because it contains protective antioxidants known as flavanoids.

The researchers say their findings could benefit older members of the population, many of whom do not drink much water and so run the risk of dehydration.

Previous studies have shown that drinking just three a day can cut the risk of having a heart attack by 11 per cent.

It has also been shown to stave off some forms of cancer, including colorectal cancer.

Other health benefits include reducing tooth decay and possibly improving bone strength.

Some studies have suggested the caffeine in tea can also help concentration and improve your mood.

The key component is a group of antioxidants called flavonoids – a major component of tea – which help prevent cell damage.

Like fruit and vegetables, tea is a good natural source of flavonoids – three cups actually contain eight times the antioxidant capacity of an apple.

Hyperbaric oxygen rejuvenation arrives at Beauty Works West

London: Beautyworkswest in the heart of London’s Nottinghill, has become the second spa in the UK to offer the oxygen rejuvenation treatment, favoured by stars such as Madonna.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Technology delivers therapeutic grade oxygen, offering a calming environment for the skin. In the O2 Intraceuticals rejuvenation infusion a serum is infused into the skin with oxygen, stimulating the regeneration of new cells and plumping the skin’s surface to visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The treatment is gentle, relaxing and soothing and is suitable for all skin types and is perfect used in conjunction with a course of photo rejuvenation.

In just one treatment the skin will feel and look years younger, smoother, clearer, fresher, healthier, plumperMadonna has her own 02 machine at home. Check out her personal facialist’s comments on

This new treatment is now available at Beautyworkswest:

1 X 55 minute Rejuvenation Treatment – £100
Buy a course of 6 x 55 minute Rejuvenation Treatments and get 10% off – £500 which includes a homecare kit.