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?

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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.

Exercising after breast reduction

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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.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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