Pleats under my armpit

Hi, I had a mastectomy in Feb this year. Across my chest, I am still quite tight and some tucks have appeared in my skin near my armpit. One at first, followed by two more. Are these lesions? If so, are they just something to be put up with or should I contact someone? Thanking you in advance.

Hi cool 

Thank you for your post.  

It’s understandable you have questions about the tightness in your skin following your mastectomy.  

There are several possible causes  of the  tucks that have appeared.  These include  scar tissue which is produced  as your body heals or swelling across that appears in an area of tight tissue . 

However, as it’s not possible for us to say for certain what the cause is , we would always suggest you get them checked out by your treatment team.

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