I have significant firmness and swelling under my left arm after breast reduction surgery

I'm 19 days post op from a breast reduction surgery and have significant firmness and swelling under my left arm. I also find new bruising daily specifically on the left side. Should this concern me or is this a normal part of the process?

L71971

F, 49, Michigan

Swelling can be normal after surgery, but without seeing you in person, I cannot tell you for sure that this is normal swelling.  So I would suggest you call your surgeon and ask him/her to see you if these symptoms are changing.  Best of luck!

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Without examining you in person, it is impossible to give an opinion as to what is going on.  It is possible that you have a blood collection there that is slowly getting absorbed.  If that is the case, then it is likely that all that can be done is wait until it is absorbed.  I recommend you follow up with your surgeon for an evaluation to determine if anything needs to be done.  

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