Face masks have a variety of uses. They have evolved from their traditional role to become a tool used in aesthetic, medicinal and therapeutic treatment. In ancient times, face masks were worn as protection against dust, dirt, wind and sunlight. They protected the wearer’s face from debris, making it easier for him or her to perform physical tasks. Facial masks were worn even by nobility duringquerade parties. As such, facial masks have come a long way from their original use.
A face mask is typically a thin cloth face mask, often made of common cloth, normally cotton, worn above the nose and mouth. Some even cover the entire face and head, while others only cover the nose and mouth. It is primarily worn during exercise and other physically demanding activities. However, when physical distancing isn’t possible, and when other more efficient masks aren’t available, cloth face masks remain the most popular face covering material.
Facial surgery has evolved into a very complicated process, requiring specialized equipment to perform the surgery properly. Face masks, used in the surgical treatment of facial skin, have evolved well beyond the simple cloth wearers previously perceived. Today, face masks can be more complex, with different features designed to specifically manipulate the wearer’s breathing, skin temperature and heartbeat. Face masks that are used in face-to-face surgical treatments are sometimes referred to as “spacer” face masks, because they act as a spacer, preventing unwanted airflow from passing through the wearer’s face. In addition, some face masks function as “thermal regulators”, applying varying levels of thermal pressure based on the skin’s temperature.
Face mask designs and functions have gone from simple cloth bands used to cover the nose and mouth to complex surgical appliances that can be attached to the face. The spread used in face-masks is also quite complex. The spread is an aesthetic feature that focuses on enhancing the overall appearance of the face, by allowing the face to visually broaden and soften the angles of the eyes, nose and cheeks.
Currently, most face-masks available in the marketplace feature a silicone molding element, which allows the cosmetic company to precisely place different materials and sizes of liquid droplets on the face, in order to achieve the wide variety of effects that are designed to improve the wearer’s appearance. Each piece of silicon used in the production of the medical surgical mask, allows the cosmetic company to design a wide array of precise patterns and shapes. Once the precise molding pattern is created, it is applied to the patient’s face, using custom-fabricated silicone “stethoscopes”. Each piece of silicone used is then hand-painted to match the overall color scheme of the surgical mask. In addition, some cosmetic companies have also introduced custom-fabricated “hanging” lipsticks, to be attached to the surgical mask after surgery.
All these features and functions allow the cosmetic surgeon to design pieces of equipment that can, in a very short period of time, totally transform the way that a person looks on the face. One can choose from a wide variety of facial enhancement options, including surgical face lifts, brow lift treatments, nasofacial lifts and various forms of non-surgical facial plastic surgery treatment. Although many people may wonder how these technologies work, it is important to note that all types of surgical face lifts, brow lift treatments and other cosmetic procedures can dramatically reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines on the face, as well as eliminating the “love handles” (also known as bingo wings). Therefore, no one should hesitate to get his or her face surgically transformed by a skilled cosmetic surgeon.