An aesthetician’s face mask is often a critical part of his or her job. A facial mask, also called a cosmetic face mask, is designed to be worn during surgical procedures in order to prevent airborne transmission of bacteria and viruses in healthcare workers and patients. For this reason, facial masks have to be made of high-quality, durable materials that can withstand a high level of pressure and heat. Moreover, they must be designed in a way that will facilitate the easy movement of a cosmetic surgeon’s fingers while performing surgical procedures. The use of airtight masks during procedures has long been known to reduce the spread of infections among healthcare workers.
However, many aesthetician face coverings fail to meet the aforementioned criteria and are relatively easy to spread across the surgical site. These poor quality, ill-fitting face masks lead to increased bacterial contamination, increased risk of fungal or viral infection, as well as reducing surgical site mobility. In addition to these undesirable side effects, poorly fitting mask can also prevent the successful surgical insertion of an aesthetician’s handpiece. To address the issue of inadequate face mask fitting, most aesthetician companies make use of state-of-the-art equipment and software to ensure superior fit and proper ventilation of facial masks.
Face mask wearing should not only be a measure taken during invasive procedures. Patients who undergo dermal fillers such as Botox are also advised to wear masks to shield their skin during the treatment. Another frequent case of improper mask wearing is during tattooing. Infections due to improper mask application can easily lead to patient death. Medical staff should therefore make sure that patients are wearing the right face mask during tattooing sessions. This is one of the most fundamental aspects of medical safety that should not be overlooked.
Although face masks are meant to protect the entire head from potential contamination, not all cloth masks are made equal. Some cloth masks contain a substance known as “leakage” which leads to nose and throat infections. Such problems may not surface until much later, even if you take very good care of your face mask. Proper installation and proper use are thus a critical factor in ensuring that you do not contract any form of infection.
Some studies have shown that using face masks that include only one porous barrier (i.e., non-porous polyethylene) can reduce the risk of nose and throat infection by more than half. However, using multiple layers of masks in high-end plastic surgery procedures can introduce a further risk of microbial exposure. Such research has important implications for health care workers who perform plastic surgery and other forms of facial enhancement.
One very important consideration is the type of virus that makes the droplets fall from the mask. There are two main viruses responsible for creating droplets. They are known as “Covid-19” viruses and “cycloviruses.” A recent study demonstrated conclusively that an agent that causes chickenpox also causes these droplets, and the agent is not associated with the oil droplets observed when the patient’s face mask was used. This study establishes that when the patient’s own natural immunity to chickenpox is used to protect him or her during the procedure, the quality of the end result is unaltered and, hence, very safe for patients.