What Is A Surgical Face Mask?
A surgical face mask, also called an apneumatic mask, is designed to be worn by medical staff during medical procedures. Surgical masks are designed to avoid infections in medical staff and preventing accidental falls in patients by capturing airborne bacteria and droplets from the mouth and nose of the wearer. They are typically used for a variety of facial cosmetic treatments such as bleaching, rhinoplasty, facelifts and laser hair removal. Although these masks may feel restrictive, they are designed to provide comfort and support during these procedures. The following are some common questions and answers that you should consider before selecting a mask.
How does the mask fit? Surgical masks should comfortably fit over the entire head and neck area, with no gaps or too much skin hanging over the top of the head. They should be a comfortable size and not tight, as this can cause skin irritation and breathing difficulties.
What types of activities should I avoid while wearing my mask? Surgeons generally recommend that patients avoid any nasal dilatation, such as nose diving or frequent snoring. The mask may be required to stay in place during sleep but should never obstruct the nose or nasal passages. It is extremely rare that a surgeon will recommend nasal packing or occlusal advancement, which are surgical measures that help to open up the nasal passages by cutting into the bone at the back of the nose.
Is the mask uncomfortable? Most masks include padding that will contour to the shape of your face and help provide an even distribution of pressure across the head. Some additional options include nasal pillows or special nasal strips that can be adjusted to provide maximum airflow. Patients should ask their surgeon about comfort available options and how long it will take to get used to the mask.
How long does it take to heal? Surgical face-pack removal typically takes one to three hours. A postoperative appointment will be scheduled to assess the healing progress and to confirm the success of the procedure. Additional time may be required if plastic surgeons require additional tissue to be removed from areas around the incision, or the nasal polyps need to be surgically removed.
Is a surgical face mask right for me? Only your surgeon can make that decision. If you have fair skin and a good symmetry rating, you may be a good candidate. If you smoke, have a history of allergic reactions to perfumes or makeup, or a history of severe acne or facial lumps, you may want to wait until your face heals before getting a surgical face mask. Also, surgical face masks aren’t ideal for all people: If you have a history of facial sores or acne, you may be better suited for excision with excision surgery.