Mar 04, 2011 - 2:47 pm
Hi, I'm hoping someone can share helpful experience about dealing with the tightening of scar tissue I have after a double mastectomy with sentinel node removal. I had the surgery 2 months ago. Everyday for the first 6 weeks I did strtching/range-of-motion exercises 3 times a day. If I missed one, I noticed the tightening right away and knew I couldn't reduce frequency from that. After about 6 weeks, I began getting back in to normal activities and thought I had set up the healing just fine and didn';t need to add these stretches so frequently because I was "done."
Now, when I put my elbows back I feel like someone is stretching dental floss tightly across my chest. It's quite unpleasant and happens many times a day even when I don't exercise.
I kayak surf and do yoga and other stuff and REALLY want to correct this situation if at all possible. I use cocoa butter and vitamin E oil and some other quality creams on the scar areas to help keep the skin pliable.