A surgical face mask, also called a nasal mask, is specifically designed to be worn by doctors during medical procedures. It’s designed to eliminate infections in patients and preventing the spreading of bacteria between them by capturing particles of drool and mucous shed by the patient’s mouth and nose and by sucking up bacteria that can enter through tiny puncture wounds. It’s used for treating such wounds as burns and cuts as well as nasal or sinus irritations. The procedure can also be performed for cosmetic reasons, especially with the application of an airtight seal.
Surgical face masks, however, have their disadvantages. In fact, some health care providers and surgeons argue that the devices don’t really protect their patients in any way. After all, there is no real way of telling if a patient is being protected by wearing the device. The main disadvantage is that the device is rather bulky and cumbersome. In addition, it’s difficult to put on and take off, making it harder for patients to use and easier for patients to ignore.
Some medical practitioners claim that the disadvantages of surgical face masks are actually outweighed by the benefits. For example, some argue that there is no longer any need for the devices when they have a disposable nosepiece and mouthpiece available for use during dental procedures, such as filling cavities. Other critics argue that it’s more difficult for patients to take time out to use a disposable nosepiece when they can just make a quick trip to the bathroom during a painful dental procedure.
Surgical face masks are also more costly than other forms of facial masks, and many health care providers aren’t even able to afford them. One reason is because they’re more expensive than the standard kind, which is a cotton-wool or cotton-synthetic combination face mask made of polypropylene. Another reason is that most surgical masks are custom-made and thus must be made to order and often take up to three weeks to receive. Additionally, they cost more than disposable nasal or mouthpieces because they need to be fitted more closely than disposable nosepieces or disposable mouthpieces do.
Surgical face masks are also not approved by the FDA, and since they can only be used in some countries, such as Canada, the United States, and Europe, they cannot be imported into other countries. As a result, many countries such as South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia don’t even recognize them at all. Many other countries require their doctors to practice surgery on patients without using these devices.
These disadvantages aside, many doctors feel that the disadvantages of using face masks are outweighed by the benefits. They believe that they’re safer and more effective than other forms of face protection, that it’s easier and less expensive than using a nasal or disposable mouthpiece, and that they’re less intrusive. In addition, there are also fewer risks involved when wearing a surgical face mask than when compared with the risks involved in using a nasal or disposable one.