A surgical face mask, sometimes called an aesthetic face mask, is designed to be worn by medical practitioners during medical procedures. Surgical masks designed for medical use are designed to prevent secondary infections in medical personnel and preventing adverse reactions in patients by capturing airborne bacteria and droplets from the mouth and nose of the wearer. Medical professionals commonly use surgical masks to prevent the transmission of infectious disease through their patient’s skin and through the use of contaminated equipment. Masks used during surgeries can help prevent infection and other complications that may arise during the surgical procedure.
If you are a candidate for facial plastic surgery, you will be required to submit to a routine surgical examination prior to your scheduled surgical treatment. During this examination, your medical history and current medical conditions will be gathered as well as information about any pre-existing medical conditions. The physician will then review your personal data with his or her surgeon and prepare an appropriate surgical face mask for you to wear before surgery. If you are looking to have plastic surgery performed in a dental office, your surgical team may also prepare a customized dental mask specifically designed for the patient in order to minimize post-surgical infections.
The nasal and mouth components of the mask are typically made of sterile materials, such as Polymethylmethacrylate or PMMA, which are also frequently used in medical and dental applications. These materials provide a barrier against infectious organisms that could enter the patient’s respiratory system through the nose. The nasal and mouth components are typically made out of polyurethane or foam, so they are resistant to water and oil. Many manufacturers provide custom-made nasal and mouth masks to ensure that the fit of the mask is as close as possible to the facial area.
After the surgical face mask has been prepared, it must be cleaned according to manufacturer specifications. This is usually done using either chlorhexidine or oxygenated bleach solutions. The solution used for cleaning should be the same as used for preparing the patient’s nasal and mouth cavities. The mask manufacturer will likely advise the use of a specially-designed cleaning brush to achieve the best results. The surgeon will then attach the surgical face mask to the patient by sewing it into place. The mask manufacturer will supply instructions on how to remove the mask and make adjustments, if necessary, before the final sutures are attached.
Once the patient is ready to sleep or rinse out the mouthpiece, the surgical face mask can be removed. A new disposable mask can then be used to cover the original mask during the night. This new mask can be washed in the same manner as the one that was used during the procedure. The new disposable mask can then be returned to the doctor or dentist’s office and reused once again.
Before leaving the office, the patient should allow the surgical face mask to dry thoroughly. It is advisable for patients to avoid exercise for 24 hours prior to the procedure. The surgeon will not usually place a dehumidifier in their operating room because it can prevent a level of safety, but it may be used in an emergency. Dehumidifiers can also be placed next to the surgical table to facilitate air transport to the face mask and face shield if needed.