Carboxytherapy involves the injection of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) gas under the scar. It works by separating the skin layer from the deeper dermis and increasing blood flow to the scar. This increased blood flow brings in immune cells that reorganize and improve the appearance of the scar. The application is painless. However, it does require 5-6 weekly treatments. For a published article on Carboxytherapy click here.
Perhaps the most frightening aspect of parotid surgery is the risk of injury to the facial nerve resulting in facial paralysis. Although there is no substitute for surgical experience and understanding of the anatomy to minimize surgical risk to the facial nerve, intra-operative nerve monitoring is very useful. A special device is used to monitor the facial nerve much like a car alarm. When the nerve is stimulated the "alarm rings" signaling the surgeon and thus reducing the chance of injury to the facial nerve. All parotid surgery at the Institute is performed with facial nerve stimulation and/or monitoring in place.
Video Telescopic Operating Microscope (ViTOM) is a state-of-the-art high definition visualization device that allows for excellent magnification and illumination of skin and tissues without the need for a microscope or operating glasses. This device allows our surgeons to better visualize the lesions, skin, vessels and surrounding tissue and results in better outcome.