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Help, one hairy armpit

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Re: Help, one hairy armpit

I wonder why with all that we have going on with ourselves we worry about a hairy armpit 😂 I am just the same had mastectomy on Tuesday came home Tuesday night and said to my daughter you need to help me shave my armpits soon 😂

Re: Help, one hairy armpit

I had axillary clearance and like you was too scared & it felt too weird to use a razor. Couldn't use cream due to wound.
So I went down the electric shave route.
For those of you having chemo you won't have the problem for long..... it's not only head hair that falls out!! Every cloud has a silver lining😃

Re: Help, one hairy armpit

I was told to avoid using a razor again in case of cuts so I bought a battery shaver but it left my armpits really sore for a couple days each time so I went back to shaving with a razor and to be honest I've never cut my armpit shaving and I just try to be very careful. It's been over a year since my lumpectomy and SNB and the scar is still numb therefore I don't shave as often as I used to.  I haven't tried using cream purely because of all the chemicals so if anyone can recommend something not so harsh, please share!

Re: Help, one hairy armpit

I have a veet precision sensitive styler which will come in handy!
Lots of different heads.....not cheap but has been worth the investment.

Sandra x

Re: Help, one hairy armpit

Hahaha. Brilliant eggster. I'm sure you'll look great in your dress hairy or not. 😀

Re: Help, one hairy armpit

I think if it carries on I will be able to style it! I have my lumpectomy a week on Monday to, so I have used it as excuse to buy a new 'cocktail dress' with a high neck, should have got sleeves!

 

 

 

Re: Help, one hairy armpit

I'm kind of relieved so many of you have responded to my post. Here I was me thinking I was the only one who didn't know how to combat the hairy problem.
Well I tried and failed this afternoon with the Veet mouse. I'm such a wimp. Stood and let it do its thing for the recommended 10 mins then failed miserably at trying to scrape the hair off. It just feels so weird. Like nails down a black board. 😳
I'm going to get hubby to try and help tomorrow and if that fails I'm investing in an electric razor. Good luck ladies. X
Anniej
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Re: Help, one hairy armpit

O Eggster, you did make me laugh. Pictures please from your cruise, triumphantly waving to us all back here, including the gently wafting arm hair! X

Re: Help, one hairy armpit

I am also a hairy pitter! I have decided to not shave the other at the moment!  I have brought some cream but the scar from the lymph node biopsy is still quite red so too scared to use it currently!  I go on holiday on 3 June so just hoping it is better by then,  going on a cruise so will look lovely in my evening dress with a forest under my armpits!

Re: Help, one hairy armpit

I had mx and sentinel node removal 3 weeks ago, I started shaving after 1 week after dressing was removed and using deodorant with no problems I couldn't stand it a minute longer! I hope I've nor done any damage but all healing seems ok x

Re: Help, one hairy armpit

Thanks for the update, one and all! I'm off to attempt bath number 2 since the dressings came off. Have noticed a lot more swelling since Tuesday so my armpit looks and feels worse than ever! Going to try and give it some love without slicing an artery or two. 

 

Happy depilating, ladies! 

Re: Help, one hairy armpit

Hi feel the fear

so glad u posted this. My nodes were done through mastectomy incision too and I took an electric razor to them yesterday. Then panicked that perhaps I should not have done ! At least I now know it's ok. And it's more than an ok feeling now the offending hair is gone 😀

Xx

Re: Help, one hairy armpit

I've just spoken to one of the bc nurses and she's advised that because I don't have any wounds under my arm I can shave as normal. 😀My lymph nodes were taken out through the boob incision.
However, because I'm numb and have fluid it feels too weird so I'm going to get some hair removal cream and give that a go. She says that's fine too. X

Re: Help, one hairy armpit

Hello hairy armpit folk. I had WLE and SLNB surgery in December and before my rads in late January I did the armpit in questoin with facial waxing strips as they are more gentle than regular waxing and smaller, so you can do a bit at a time. Since rads finished I have continued with this and it seems to work for me - still a bit numb under the arm so didn't want to risk razors and creams. I think a lot may depend on how many nodes were removed though. I'm still too nervous to have the waxing done at a salon that I used to do - feel safer dealing with it myself. Hope you get smooth armpits soon before summer really kicks in! x

Re: Help, one hairy armpit

I'm so glad I'm not alone with this issue! Thank goodness for this forum. I had my dressings off on Tuesday after WLE and SNB. I was desperate for a proper bath and to deal with the hairy armpit issue. Realised numb/stinging armpit plus lumpy/bruised/swollen underarm was probably not the best starting point for this so left it. I'd be interested to know if and when cream is an option otherwise I'll be spending summer in long sleeves!

Anniej
Community Champion

Re: Help, one hairy armpit

Hi, I've found three hands is best for this problem. Hubby holds skiin up and away, as I have a funny fold left. Then I peer up and under and work the razor away from the scar. It being numb certainly doesn't help at all, and I think when I get sorted the electric razor seems best. The smell of the cream knocked me sick!😥  If there's a definitive answer out there I'd love to know. One hairy ( very) armpit is not a good look with summer coming!!! 

Re: Help, one hairy armpit

Thanks Sandra. I'm going to ring a bcn and ask about the cream. X

Re: Help, one hairy armpit

Thanks Debbie.
Mine is numb too.
I also have a seroma build up so it's feels very strange. I had my long hair cut very short recently as well so it's not such a shock when it falls out during chemo. I feel a bit like I'm in a strangers body at the minute. I barely recognise myself. The hairy pit is just the icing on the cake. X

Re: Help, one hairy armpit

I was told I would be able to use cream but not sure when!
I have had an axillary clearance now so will have to leave well alone!

xx

Re: Help, one hairy armpit

Hi Feelthefear. I'm a year on now after left mastectomy and lymph removal. I've never regained feeling under my left arm so shaving is a real problem as I'm terrified of cutting myself. So probably best if you don't worry for the moment and wear long sleeves! I now use an electric razor very carefully. Debbie xx

Help, one hairy armpit

Following my mastectomy and lymph removal last week I've no idea what to do about shaving the affected armpit. I tried to use my usual razor but quickly stopped as it dragged on the skin. Am I just supposed to leave it? It's not a good look. Are we allowed to use hair removal cream or an electric razor? Any tips much appreciated. X