A surgical face mask, also called a postoperative medical face mask is designed for use by surgeons during medical procedures. It is not necessary to wear a mask during other procedures, and the use of such a mask could be limited, depending on the type of surgery and the severity of the procedure that requires the mask. The first step in obtaining a mask is to discuss with the physician who will be operating on you the specific circumstances of the operation. This may include what surgical procedures are involved, and whether the use of a surgical face mask would be appropriate.
Surgical masks are worn during some operations, including plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery. However, they are not used in all cases and can be used only when there is an actual need to do so. Other types of surgery require patients to wear a sterile mask that is removed after the procedure, and used only if it becomes necessary. If the use of a surgical face mask does become necessary, it will be taken off at the end of the procedure and the disposable mask should be disposed of properly.
Before surgery, the face must be washed thoroughly and covered with a hospital-grade disposable mask. This mask will be used only once and must be discarded or given to a patient who is no longer in need of it. Before the operation itself takes place, an assistant will make a note of any contacts, sunscreen, and other factors that could interfere with the success of the procedure. This list will serve as the basis for the surgical face mask that is to be used.
After the surgery has taken place, the surgical face mask will be removed and the area should be covered with clean linen or bandage. A bandage that is not scented or colored will be better to put on than a scented or colored one, as this may irritate the skin or cause the surgical area to itch. It is also important to use a non-scented, non-colored dressing for a week or so after the operation has taken place.
In most cases, it is common for the face to heal itself and for the surgical area to not be visible after the procedure is over. For that reason, it is important that a new surgical face mask is used after each surgical procedure. If the surgical area is noticeable, it could cause problems with healing and with the healing of the face. A bandage should be used instead of a disposable surgical mask, since it is disposable and does not leave a scar.
The surgical face mask is usually not to be removed before the next scheduled surgery. If that is the case, the surgeon may choose to change the surgical face mask to one that is more suitable for the new surgery or that can be used at the same time as it was used. It is important to ensure that the surgical area of the mask remains clean, free from blood or other contaminants and that there is no odor. A fresh bandage will be used after every surgical operation in order to prevent contamination of the skin surrounding the face, and to prevent the area from becoming irritated or inflamed.