A face mask, or as medical practitioners prefer to call it, a surgical face mask, is meant to be worn only by medical professionals during various health care procedures. The mask provides protection against infections in the surgical area, as well as protecting against facial drooping that may occur after certain types of surgical procedures such as skin grafting or ear reconstruction. It’s designed to catch bacteria and droppings from the patient’s mouth and nasal areas, thus preventing infections from spreading throughout the entire surgical area.
It’s important for these masks to fit snugly in the surgical area, without any gaps or tears. These masks should be tailored to provide adequate cover over the surgical area. For some procedures, such as ear reconstruction, one may need to remove the mask during surgery. This can be dangerous for both the patient and his or her surgeon if the mask gets removed while the procedure is going on.
While a face mask is designed specifically for a specific type of surgery, there are other medical treatments and procedures where a surgical face mask is necessary. Common surgical procedures that require a face mask include surgeries that involve removing a portion of the body, such as liposuction or weight loss surgeries.
During liposuction, the surgeon removes excess skin from around the face, often through the nostrils, to give the patient more definition to his or her facial skin. In weight loss surgery, the surgeon may use a face mask to cover the lower lips of the patient, which are sometimes affected with sagging or drooping after weight loss. Some of these patients wear a face mask while they are in the operating room. This helps the surgeon see exactly what he is doing to the face of the patient before he starts the actual operation.
One of the best reasons to wear a face mask during surgery is during the healing process. After a patient has been operated on, he or she may be in pain from the stitches that have been placed into the incisions of the surgical site. If a doctor were not wearing a face mask while the patient was being operated on, the surgeon could miss the healing procedure and potentially cause injury to the patient.
Most surgeons will have their face mask on while they’re working in the operating room for a short period of time, such as up to five hours. Once this time is over, however, they usually take it off and the mask should be cleaned prior to putting it back on.