A surgical face mask, commonly referred to as an aesthetic face mask, is designed to be worn only by trained healthcare workers during surgical procedures. These types of masks are often used for facial reconstruction surgery because they offer a greater degree of patient comfort and prevent skin irritation and infection from the patient’s own skin.
Patients typically wear the masks while they are under local or general anesthesia, but sometimes patients are able to remove them once the procedure is complete. Some doctors prefer to use these types of masks when patients are under general anesthesia, as the surgical mask can prevent the occurrence of a “dry flap,” which is where the skin folds back together after surgery. Additionally, some doctors may wear these masks to prevent possible infection from seeping through the nose and into the mouth.
A surgical mask should be comfortable enough to allow patients to comfortably breathe with their mouths shut, as well as having a wide enough nose to fit over the tip of the patient’s own nose. It should also be made of an airtight material to prevent air from leaking through. The mask should be thick enough to keep the patient from feeling constricted in any area.
Patients should be allowed to wear the masks for at least one to two hours after the surgery is completed. However, these masks are not necessarily required during the entire recovery period, although many physicians recommend wearing one throughout the rest of the patient’s recovery period. It’s important that the patients do not wear these types of masks during their overnight stay at the hospital. This is because they can trap moisture in the nose. Therefore, a patient should not wear these masks overnight.
After surgery, patients should be instructed to avoid the use of their normal hygiene products, such as deodorant or soap, as the surgical masks will block the nasal passages, preventing the release of air. It’s recommended that patients wear special disposable face masks for at least the first 24 hours following the surgical procedure.
Although surgical masks are used to provide comfort and prevent infection, doctors are not required to use these devices when the patient is healing. If the surgeon decides to use a surgical mask after the wound has healed, it is important that he or she instructs the patient about the importance of the masks and the use of the mask. Even if the doctor has the patient wearing one at home in preparation for their first appointment, they may choose to switch to a face shield at the final visit.