Bruising after the liposuction procedure is typically minimal. Some swelling can be expected in the days afterward. The doctor will recommend the patients wear a compression garment which helps them to deal with the discomfort. The garment also helps the skin to better layer over the body’s new contours and also helps to moderate the swelling. After the surgery, patients can expect some fluid drainage from the incisions. In some cases, a tube will be inserted to help with the drainage for a few days. Any stitches made during the procedure will be removed or dissolved in 7 to 10 days. The patient can get back to work in 3-4 days, or a maximum of two weeks after the surgery.