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Underarm Tightness After Swap/Fat Grafting

shizle7 Member Posts: 9
edited December 2022 in Breast Reconstruction

I had my swap and fat grafting last Monday.

Fat grafting was done from the front of my underarms.

It’s becoming increasingly more painful to lift one of my arms. It feels like the muscle/tendon at the front of the armpit is super tight. (It’s bringing me back to how I felt after the BMX).

It is still swollen from the fat grafting. I don’t go back to the dr for another 2 weeks and am wondering if this is “normal” healing or a possible problem (like maybe I should just keep trying stretching).

If anyone can offer any advice, I would appreciate it.


  • lw422
    lw422 Member Posts: 1,411

    Shizle, I did not have the same procedure but I wanted to "bump" your post in case someone might respond if they had a similar outcome. Since your surgery was so recent, you probably need your doctor's guidance on any type of stretching or exercise until things heal a bit. After my mastectomy I was advised to not raise my arm above shoulder level until the drains were out. Take care and I hope the pain will resolve soon. My best to you.