A surgical face mask, or an open-mouth mask, is specially designed for the treatment of patients with certain medical conditions. It is typically designed to prevent infections from spreading in patients and caring staff by capturing bacteria dropped into droplets and mucous droplets from the patient’s mouth and nasal passages. The surgeon usually performs the procedure on anesthetized patients and uses sterilized surgical equipment to perform the operation. The patient will have his or her eyes closed while the mask is in place, to limit blood loss during the procedure.
In order for a person wearing a face mask to receive the maximum benefit from it, he or she should wear the mask as much as possible. To do this, the patient must wear the mask on a regular basis. While there are many different types of surgical masks, most have one basic component: the nose guard. The nose guard contains the nose, mouthpiece, chin strap, and chin strap guard. These components are placed on the nose and mouth by the surgeon.
When a patient is placed under a surgical mask for the first time, there may be some discomfort and coughing or wheezing, especially when the mask is being used for a prolonged period of time. However, once these symptoms subside, the patient will be able to experience maximum benefit from his or her treatment. The nose and mouthpieces may feel stiff and uncomfortable when the patient is first put under the mask. It may take several sessions to feel comfortable with the mask’s fit and the way it fits around the patient’s face.
The mouthpiece is usually made of elastic foam, which makes it more comfortable to wear than metal or plastic pieces. The nose piece can also be made of soft plastic or a flexible membrane. Some surgical masks even have special mesh or nasal liners that allow air to flow freely through the nose. These liners are often replaced with an airtight plastic tube at the end of the nose piece so that the patient does not have to worry about breathing through the mouthpiece while he or she is under the mask.
The chin strap usually comes attached to the mask, but it can also be worn on its own. While the mask stays in place, the strap allows the mask to be fastened to the patient’s chin for added support. After surgery, the patient may experience minor bruising and swelling after he or she is cleaned off the mask. However, these symptoms are generally gone after a week or so.
Face masks, while a small part of surgery, are important to the success of the patient’s recovery. As a patient, it is important that you give yourself and your surgical team the necessary attention needed to achieve your goals.