A face mask, also called a postoperative mask, is usually worn by medical staff during post operative medical procedures. It’s designed to catch bacteria shed by patients and treating staff by capturing mucus droplets and fluid droplets that leak out of the patient’s mouth and nostrils.
When you’re wearing a sterile face mask, it’ll keep bacteria and other organisms such as fungal and viral infection from spreading around your face and nasal cavities. It will also reduce the chances of you being exposed to airborne irritants such as cigarette smoke, so if you smoke, make sure you wear a face mask.
Before you wear face masks, you should wash your face properly using antibacterial soap and warm water. Don’t forget to dry your face completely before wearing your face mask and after removing it. A good idea is to use an old towel to pat dry your face, which may help stop drying out the mask.
To fit your face mask correctly, start with taking the width of your chin in to your hand. Gently pinch the skin on the inside of your chin above the eyes. Place the end of your nose right next to the pinch area and bring it up slightly. Make sure the skin under your nose is free of creases as this will hinder the mask fitting.
Pull the mask snugly over your head and secure it with the help of a rubber band. Do not wear your face mask for more than two hours at a time. During the first two hours you will probably notice the mask’s edges itching, but they should go away within two days. The third to fifth days you can take the mask off and change the band, but do not allow it to come off your face for an extended period of time. The last few days you should allow your mask to come off and replace it with a new one.
Once you’re used to wearing your mask, you’ll probably want to continue using them after your surgical scar has healed. If this happens, it is a good idea to go ahead and use an open face mask so you can breath easily. You’ll be surprised at how much better your breathing becomes once you’ve had a chance to breathe with your nose instead of your mouth.
Remember that your surgical scar is not permanent. If you wear your face mask regularly, such as every day, you may only have to remove it once every couple of weeks. Once you’re able to do this, you won’t have to continue to do so until your surgical scar heals.
Plastic surgery can sometimes leave you with some scars that need to be covered up. Before you begin a treatment plan, make sure you know what you need to get rid of. so you don’t waste your money on treatments that won’t work.