What does recovery after liposuction look like? January 25, 2023 For the first 24 hours following your liposuction treatment, it is normal to experience some pain, soreness, swelling and bruising around your treated areas. Dr. Downey or Dr. Bullocks will provide you with prescription medication that can help manage your pain. You will also be asked to wear a surgical compression garment to ensure your skin heals tight against your body’s new contours. After two to four days, you’ll be allowed to shower regularly and begin returning back to work. Within two weeks, you may resume low-impact daily activities and exercises. About one month following surgery, the scars around your incision sites will fade into small white or pink dots. While the results of your liposuction treatment are considered final after about three months of healing, many patients report continuing to see gradual improvement over the next several months as swelling continues to go down.