LIPOSUCTION CARE AFTER SURGERY . Even though liposuction does not involve large incisions, it is important to know how to care for your body after liposuction. . HOW DO I CARE FOR MYSELF AFTER SURGERY? . – Make arrangements to have someone drive you to, and from, your surgery. – Be sure to fill your prescriptions before your surgery since it means one less thing for you to worry about afterwards. – Arrive for your surgery in loose, comfortable clothing. – Take the antibiotics and pain medication only as prescribed by the surgeon. – Do not take any aspirin for 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after your surgery. – If you are a smoker, you should not smoke for at least 2 weeks prior to surgery and 2 weeks after surgery. Smoking inhibit your circulation and can significantly compromise your surgical outcome. – You should do no vigorous exercise and should avoid any significant physical exertion for a minimum of 3 weeks after your surgery. – Sleep with the head elevated for the first 2 weeks after surgery. . WHAT’S NORMAL Mild bruising is normal after surgery, but will gradually subside over 10 to 21 days. So is swelling. You should immediately notice an improvement in your body contour, but you will have swelling, which will gradually subside. It can take three to four months to see the final result.