How To Choose The Right Face Mask
A plastic surgery face mask, also referred to as a facial mask, is a personal protective gear worn during plastic surgery procedures by qualified medical practitioners. The main purpose of a plastic surgeon’s face mask is to prevent the entry of foreign materials and bacteria into the patient’s mouth during the surgical procedure. The face mask is usually worn over a sterile cotton-dispenser mask worn over the face. Both masks have small openings to permit the drainage of excessive amount of blood or fluid from the face during plastic surgery. Face masks are usually a hand-space device with openings of up to 2.5 inches to ensure that they don’t cover the eyes.
Face masks are generally used for social distancing, but some are used for pain control as well. Many plastic surgeons recommend face masks as a way to alleviate some of the discomfort that patients experience during and after face lifts, as well as, to prevent excessive bleeding or the formation of blood clots that could cause neck pain, face bruising, paralysis, and death in extreme cases. Face masks are typically used during face lifts to increase facial lift effectiveness and to decrease discomfort.
Face masks are designed to be comfortable, effective, and affordable. They come in several different styles and configurations and can be purchased for either single or multiple layers. The most common configuration is one large hole with a number of small holes spaced apart at various levels of the mask’s curvature. Multiple layers allow a patient to breathe easier because multiple layers offer more air circulation than a single layered mask. Multiple layers also help to keep particles from entering the patient’s nasal passage, which can cause nosebleeds and allergic reactions.
Many facial surgeons recommend cloth masks (cloth masks are used in the nose) or nose clips as alternatives to face masks. Nose clips are attached to the top of the nose so that the nose is held tightly against the side of the face. The advantage of nose clips is that they do not leave facial hair exposed; however, there are many patients who find nose clips uncomfortable because they feel they are too tightly sealed against the skin.
There are several other options available for a patient’s comfort and to address specific skin problems. A disposable mask is an affordable option for a patient who does not have a significant amount of time to wear a mask for its optimal effect. This option can be worn during the day or at night to control breathing and keep wind chills and sweating in check. A face mask that fits comfortably and is not a barrier between the skin and outer mask surface is best for individuals with facial hair, sun damage, thick hair, heavy makeup, or skin allergies. Face masks that fit comfortably and evenly without the need for adhesive are best for individuals with thin or fine skin and for those who cannot tolerate a heavy forehead or chin strap. For patients with severe skin problems, two layers of foam or latex can be placed under the nose for an even more comfortable fit.
In order to clean a mask without the use of soap and water, rinse the mask off thoroughly with cool or lukewarm water. Use a cotton cloth to gently wipe away any excess product and to absorb any sweat or perspiration before placing it in the washer or dryer for cleaning. To remove any residual product, allow the mask to dry completely before placing it back onto your face. Make sure the mask is clean before you wash it again. Before you place it back on your nose, spray a small amount of cleanser onto the mask for easier removal. Use a sterile and cotton towel to gently pat the mask without applying pressure across the area where the nostrils are located.