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Under arm hair after node removal

RaichRaich Geraldton, Western Australia Member Posts: 111
Hi everyone, 
I’m 2 months out of lymph node removal, and 1 month post mastectomy.
I purchased an electric razor about 6 weeks ago but only succeeded in pinching and nicking the skin in my good armpit. 
Currently I’m just letting it grow. I’m figuring I’ll be wearing long sleeved tops when I’m out anyway. And if I’m not - it will be tshirts and people will just have to deal with it.
ive never been a waxer - always ended up with I grown hairs if I waxed my legs. 
The scar under my arm is just below the hairline but I am very wary of shaving and damaging the skin. I’ve already swapped to an all natural deodorant which works brilliantly. 
What solutions (or not) have you come up with ?  
I’m thinking I’m just going to embrace my hairiness and horrify the people who happen to notice it! 


  • arpiearpie Mid North Coast, NSWMember Posts: 6,249
    That's a bugger, @Raich - yep, just let it grow ..... as the scar heals more, you may be able to go back shaving at a later date ..... 

    All the best xx

  • Blossom1961Blossom1961 Regional VictoriaMember Posts: 2,002
    My lymphodema physio told me I could IPL the hairs without any issue.I had a full ancillary clearance.
  • kezmusckezmusc Member Posts: 1,544
    I just kept using a razor.  One of the ones with the guard around them like the venus one.  It's interesting having no feeling there  but I've never managed to do any damage to myself  :)
  • JwrennJwrenn Mornington PeninsulaMember Posts: 133
    @Raich I’m very wary of shaving under that arm and I’m 8 months post surgery, 5 months post radiation. I had a very smelly armpit after the surgery too, so started using Phisohex antibacterial wash under there. What deodorant have you found to be good?
  • iserbrowniserbrown Regional VictoriaMember Posts: 5,149
    I found waxing not a problem after 3 or 4 months had passed.  Just made sure the waxer knew to work around the scar. 
    As to deodorant, advice I received from the forum was Moo Goo.  It works a treat


    Take care

  • AfraserAfraser MelbourneMember Posts: 3,983
    I switched to MooGoo deodorant after treatment - seven years on, no reason to change! 
  • RaichRaich Geraldton, Western Australia Member Posts: 111
    @Jwrenn, I’m using Kind-ly. They’re an Aussie brand. Works really well for me. I get it from Chemist Warehouse. 
  • June1952June1952 Regional VictoriaMember Posts: 1,493
    @Jwrenn - I found the Clarins deodorant (NOT an antiperspirant) to be good and I still use it now.  Whilst it seems expensive it does the job and gives me a feeling of spoiling myself !  Make sure you get the one in the blue bottle, not the white roll-on.
  • primekprimek Broken HillMember Posts: 5,392
    I use a safety razor but always in front of a mirror. 
  • AbbydogAbbydog Adelaide, South AustraliaMember Posts: 332
    I've never had a problem. I use a razor and soap. But take a lot of care, as it is still quite numb 8 months later.
    May be only use the electric shaver on the legs.
    My stitch line isn't where the hair needs shaving.

  • JwrennJwrenn Mornington PeninsulaMember Posts: 133
    Thanks @Raich and @June1952, I’ll have a look for them. 
  • RaichRaich Geraldton, Western Australia Member Posts: 111
    @Abbydog, I tried the electric razor on my legs. Didn’t like it; it took too long and the result wasn’t as close or smooth as a regular razor. My stitch line is just below the hairline too but I’ve been warned about cuts/scratches/burns/bites etc to that arm and hand. I don’t know if I’m supposed to be over careful or what. It’s so frustrating! 
  • ddonddon Member Posts: 348
    It’s definitely difficult to shave under that weird numb arm that feels like it belongs to someone else. Like others I shaved in front of the mirror for a long time but I got used to it. Then radiation got rid of most of the hair permanently so that makes it easier still. 
  • FLCloverFLClover Sydney Member Posts: 1,443
    I’ve got two numb armpits. I thought one benefit of radio, bedsides getting rid of stray cancer cells, would be also getting rid of my much hated armpit hair. Alas, it was not to be so. My axillas were not irradiated so I still have to shave. I’m very careful not to cut myself in the area, and it hurts a bit when I stretch my arms up, esp after the radio due to the tightness. So all I got was numbness. But at least I don’t get any more nipple hairs 😆😄👌🏻
  • AfraserAfraser MelbourneMember Posts: 3,983
    If it’s any comfort, the numbness may reduce over time. Like @ddon, my affected armpit belonged to someone else for quite a long time. But little by little, it’s come home. It’s not exactly normal, but much more normal than it was - I don’t have to use one hand to feel where to put deodorant, and the other to apply it, any more! 
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