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Quit Exercising due to Edema after Breast Reduction?

3 months post op breast reduction cont to have edema especially under arms?Breast are becoming more shaped and natural, but edema has increased in past two weeks. Drink 8-10 glasses water per day, keep sodium to approx 1500mg per day, have lost 3 # since surgery (not counting what was removed). Have started back exercising at YMCA and walk 3-4 miles several times a week. Should I quit exercising?

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Swelling after Breast Reduction?


Thank you for the question.

Congratulations on your recent breast reduction surgery;  it is one of the most patient pleasing operations we perform. Increased swelling after exercise is not unexpected;  continue to follow your plastic surgeon if it becomes a significant concern.

Best wishes.

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Exercising after breast reduction


At 3 months you can do whatever you want. It will take some time for the swelling to go away. It will certainly increase with exercise.

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