A surgical face mask, more commonly known as an endoscope mask, is designed to be worn daily by medical personnel during medical procedures. Surgical masks are designed to prevent infections from infecting personnel and saving lives by trapping bacteria shed in nasal droplets, liquid drops and aerosols in the mask wearer’s mouth and eyes. Face masks are also used to protect the surgeon from infection when using sterile equipment. These protective devices must be maintained according to manufacturer specifications and must be removed after the procedure in order to avoid infection. Masks may also be required during patient transport or when washing and dressing patients.
Face masks are used to provide protection against dust, bacteria and airborne viruses. They are used during surgery to protect the surgical site from contamination. The mask will be either disposable or custom-made depending on the situation and the needs of the patient. Disposable masks are used when no surgery is being performed. Face masks made of latex, vinyl and polyurethane are good candidates for disposable use.
When multiple surgeries are being performed, a single disposable face mask can effectively contain the spread of infection and contamination. Clean-up after each surgery can also be simple and quick with a single mask. The face shield must be removed at the end of the surgical procedure to prevent contamination from floating through the air.
The face mask used during liposuction surgery must have adequate air circulation to ensure a comfortable healing process for all parties involved. A face mask that does not meet these standards will not provide adequate protection. The lip surgery procedure is often done on healthy individuals who do not suffer any significant health problems. A clean face mask should be used before surgery to ensure that there are no particles of bacteria or contamination within the patient’s nose and mouth.
If an individual has an allergic reaction to the anesthesia or any other medication during surgery, he or she should not use the face masks. An individual should seek advice from his or her physician before using any type of face mask that might contain an ingredient known to cause an allergic reaction. If there is no reaction, a mask may be suitable for use during the post-operative period but should never be used prior to surgery. It is very important to have an accurate medical history when asking a surgeon to recommend a mask. A surgeon cannot accurately determine the risks of a facial procedure unless he or she is aware of the patient’s medical history.
Plastic surgeons are usually only required to give their patients a short description of what to expect from a mask. Plastic surgeons are not required to explain the reason for a mask being placed on the face, nor are they required to explain the importance of using a mask to prevent contamination of the surgical site. Face masks come in a variety of sizes and styles and can even be personalized to match an individual’s face. Depending on the cosmetic procedure that will be performed, a plastic surgeon may recommend a specific style and type of mask for use.