The aim of good postoperative treatment is to prevent haematoma, provide restfor healing, and pre» vent suture marks. In practice this is achieved by the dressing, care in suture removal, and later support of the wound. The dressing In the past, the use of pressure dressings was standard, with or without a drain.
The pressure dressing, apart from preventing haematoma, cre-ated the immobility and splinting which were considered to provide the best conditions for rapid, uneventful healing. With the increased use of suction drainage there has been a marked reduction in the use of dressings generally, with exposure of the wound site increasingly stan-dard practice in combination with suction drainage if necessary.