A surgical face mask, also called a medical face mask, is designed to be worn during medical procedures by healthcare workers to prevent airborne transmission of diseases in patients and thereby improving patient care. This type of mask is usually used for patients who are in the intensive care unit (ICU). Face masks are usually worn at night, when people are not awake to protect against breathing in airborne pathogens. A surgical face mask is different from a facial mask in that it does not cover the nose. It has a small mouthpiece that is connected to the nose via a tube to seal out particles and infectious fluids.
During a typical facial mask fitting, your plastic surgeon will place the mask over your nose and mouth to ensure air flow through them and to seal out particles and bacteria. He may also recommend that you wear nasal braces to support the masks over your nose and mouth and to keep them in place. Some masks have exhalation valves to release excess gases before they get into your lungs. If this is the case, the doctor will place the mask inside your nasal passage so that it can leak the exhalation valve and remove the gas before it gets into your lungs.
The face mask inside your nose should fit tightly and comfortably. The nasal side should not be too tight; otherwise, it could cause irritation and difficulty breathing. When your face mask is too loose, mucus builds up in the mask and rises to the top. This causes a feeling of being full. A good fit is important because if the mask doesn’t fit properly, it could force you to breathe through your mouth, causing a feeling of being starved of oxygen when you exhale.
During the process of fitting your new face mask, the plastic surgeon will probably show you how to adjust the straps so that they are securely placed over your nose. The adjustments range from making the mask easier to pull over your nose to pulling it away from your face. Once you have worn the face mask inside your nose for a few minutes, it may feel uncomfortable. If it feels uncomfortable, it means that the plastic surgeon has made a mistake. It is better to make an adjustment than to have to wear a cloth mask for another three days.
While face masks are used during the flu season, they are also available for use during other flu seasons. When purchasing cloth masks, you will need to purchase ones that have anti-leak guards. Because virus particles are so small, if there is any moisture, the enteric coating will likely get wet, which increases the risk of a potential leak.
Plastic surgeons prefer to use vinyl or latex because they are more comfortable and easier to remove than their surgical face masks. However, plastic faces do not wear well outside of the sterile environment of the operating room. They can be worn for a shorter period of time, such as the day before you undergo your surgery. You may want to keep your nasal mask in your purse if you plan to wear it outside of the hospital or clinic.