A face mask, sometimes called a snoring chin strap, is an inexpensive and easy to use accessory to stop snoring. A cloth face mask, made from natural textiles, most often cotton, worn above the nose and mouth. When wearing these masks it is important that the wearer be clean, dry, free from sores and irritation, and free from foreign objects or foreign bodies lodged in the throat or nasal passages. If possible, face masks should be made from fabric that breathes; if not then use cotton or a breathable mask instead. When wearing a face mask, it should be held up and not rested on the sides or bottom, to prevent the face mask from shifting or falling off in the event of an unexpected wind gust or any other action that may jar the mask.
Snoring can be caused by a number of factors, including diet, smoking, sinus infections, cold air, extreme tiredness, and even medical issues like sleep apnea. When attempting to treat any one of these problems, it is common to find that treating all symptoms will not cure the snoring problem, but using two layers of masks simultaneously can provide some measure of relief. Most cloth masks can be quickly and easily cleaned with a damp cloth, but if masks containing air purifiers or exhalation valves, like most masks designed for use in hospitals, it is necessary to replace or clean these frequently.
When selecting a face mask, it is important to consider the overall size of the wearer, the type of mask to be worn, the desired effect, comfort level, and personal preference. Typically, a face mask should comfortably fit over the nose and mouth, and should allow a small amount of breathing space in front of the mask. Some people might prefer to wear only their mouthpieces, while others may want to include both their nose and mouth pieces in the mask. In addition, most cotton cloth masks are machine washable, but for cotton ones, it is best to hand wash rather than to use the machine. Regardless of the materials used, it is important to follow the instructions carefully for proper care.
Typically made from a combination of polymers and saline solution, these masks work to plump up the areas around the nose and mouth to help eliminate blockages from the skin. These masks have been proven effective as anti-snore aids, and may also benefit those who suffer from excess facial fat. Because these masks naturally plump the area, they do not change the underlying tissue structure of the face, so patients suffering from sagging skin or enlarged cartilage do not see any change. Many doctors also recommend using hyaluronic acid facial masks to treat this type of cosmetic problem. Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced by the body and is used to keep the skin smooth and young looking.
If you choose to use a face mask while you are waiting for your surgical procedure, it is important to remember that any discomfort associated with the procedure will only last a few hours. Once you have had the procedure completed and can resume your normal activities, there should be no lasting effects. If you have questions about the post-operative care of the masks, however, please contact your plastic surgeon before leaving the operating room.
With proper care, a face mask can have a beneficial impact on your overall appearance. If the droplets leak and cause a stench or if they fall off prematurely, consult your doctor about replacement options. And if the material is too soft or too heavy, your doctor will likely offer other options to help you with your appearance.