A medical face mask, otherwise referred to as an operative face mask, is designed to be placed on top of the patient’s face during medical procedures. The dark blue top layer is designed to cover the entire face, with the white upper layer on the inside. It provides adequate coverage of the patient’s face and provides protection against air leaks and splashes. During such procedures, the face mask can be used to cover the entire patient’s face, including the bridge of the nose and the lips. In cases where the surgeon cannot completely conceal the patient’s face, a thin bandage, usually called an elastic bandage, can be used to cover the patient’s face in order to avoid contact with the face mask.
While the face mask does provide maximum protection against bacteria and other particles, there are some drawbacks. The biggest drawback is that the patient will not be able to see clearly through the plastic bandage, especially when it is wet. Also, since the face mask does not cover the patient’s neck and upper chest, air leaks can occur.
There are different types of surgical face masks. In the most common type, the mask is fitted over the entire face, including the back and neck. The face shield is designed to cover the eyes and nose. The surgical face mask also includes a rubberized lining that helps to maintain the integrity of the plastic bandage, which can become inflamed and cracked during the recovery process. Some surgical masks can even have a built in valve to allow for air flow to the surgical area.
Another type of surgical face mask has a face shield that is fitted directly onto the patient’s nose. In this case, the face shield can be placed either below or above the nostrils. Although the nose is not covered by the mask, a protective shield can still be used to help prevent splashes and air leaks. These masks can be used to cover the nose only for surgical procedures, however. They are generally used to cover the mouth during oral surgery or to shield the lips from being damaged during cosmetic procedures.
A variety of disposable plastic bags are available that are used to provide nasal airways for patients who cannot wear the full face mask during surgery. They are disposable and are disposable for good reason. These disposable masks are disposable because they can be reused multiple times without having to purchase new ones. Although these plastic bags are not made out of medical grade plastic, the plastic inside of them is disposable for good reason, too.
Plastic bags are used as the plastic liner of face masks, as they can be easily removed and cleaned. However, it is recommended that after patients have taken off their face masks that they clean their faces using normal cleansing agents.