I wouldn't be too concerned about the magnitude of swelling five days after liposuction. In most patients it is significant and may take a number of weeks to resolve.
It is normal to be very swollen after liposuction.
You will be more comfortable with a surgical garment.
If your surgeon will not supply one, go on-line to Marena garments and order one for yourself.
Get it a size larger than your usual size because of your swelling. Best wishes.
It is extremely early to judge anything. If your surgeon is a board certified plastic surgeon who does a ton of liposuction you are in good hands. As for the issue of garments...it is very controversial. The surgeon who provide patients with garments are many, I'm one of them. But there are no studies, none, that show any difference in the results. Double blind controlled studies have been performed and the photos at six months shown to independent plastic surgeons reviewed no difference in both groups. I hope this answers your questions and I wish you both patience and luck.
Is not unusual to experience all the things that you're experiencing after liposuction. It is unusual for your surgeon or your surgeon's office not to provide you with the compression garment. The is garment is very critical to manage fluid, swelling and discomfort. It also helps with the final shape.
It is normal to experience a lot of swelling. 5th day swelling is just starting.
If you feel fluid "waving" and moving that is not normal.
Attend your doctor it might be a seroma and very easy to treat and manage but only your doctor can do it.