Plastic Surgery: The Face Mask
A surgical face mask is often used by doctors during surgeries, especially when a procedure has to be performed in an open air environment. It’s designed to protect medical staff and patients by capturing airborne bacteria and shedding skin droplets from the mouth and nose of the wearer.
There are many instances where it is used during plastic surgery. One of the most common occasions is a breast augmentation, where the patient will have her undergarments removed and her breast surgically enhanced. This type of procedure requires the wearing of a face shield during the recovery period to protect the patient from splashing of blood and fluid.
There are several advantages of wearing a face mask during plastic surgery. First, it can significantly reduce bleeding. A sterile face mask is designed to absorb liquids without splashing and allows the surgeon to reach in between the patient’s cheeks to apply the medicine more easily without getting splashed or making a lot of blood.
Second, wearing a plastic surgeon’s mask is easy. Patients usually wear them for two hours prior to the actual surgery and again for an additional two hours after the surgery. It’s important that the face mask fits perfectly and is secure on the nose and mouth. After surgery, patients must wash their face thoroughly and then rinse it off with water, but they don’t have to use moisturizing products. In fact, some doctors don’t allow their patients to use anything at all after the face shield is removed.
Third, surgical face masks are less cumbersome than the gowns and other equipment used during plastic surgery. Patients don’t have to worry about how to remove and put back on their clothing after the surgery has been completed, and it’s usually less embarrassing to wear a face shield during the recovery period.
Plastic surgeons choose surgical face masks for the same reasons that other doctors choose surgical gloves: they both protect the hands from potential infection and minimize the risk of a patient splashing or bleeding during surgery. With the proper care, face masks can effectively decrease the risks of surgery and complications.
The first step is to wash your face thoroughly. Once you’re done washing, dry your face with a towel and pat dry with a soft cloth, and place the cloth over your nose and mouth in order to cover the area completely.
Next, take a clean and sterile face mask (preferably one with a disposable nose and mouth guard) and fill it with saline solution. Put the mask over your nose and mouth and cover your nose and mouth with gauze. Secure the face mask by fastening it to your nose bridge and nostrils. For added protection, use a small plastic baggie to insert the solution into the nasal passage. Once the solution is in place, remove the nose guard and nasal cannula.
Then, remove your saline solution from the nasal site preparation process and gently wipe down the entire plastic surgical site using sterile gloved fingertips. The saline solution helps to moisten the surgical site and remove any excess moisture so that the plastic surgical site doesn’t stick to the plastic.