Precautions after Lymph Node Dissection
If you have had a lymph node dissection, you need to take special precautions for underarm care. Using a metal blade to shave under your arms is not recommended. If you were to cut your skin, it could lead to an infection that would increase your risk of lymphedema. Infections sometimes lead to cellulitis, which is a precurser to lymphedema since it often results in swelling of the extremity.
Electric Razor: So, the solution is to use a small, women's electric razor. When using an electric razor, it is helpful to apply powder to your skin beforehand. This will help the razor glide more smoothly. The powder absorbs excess wetness so that the razor does not stick to your skin. It protects the skin from irritation as well. The powder is also a useful alternative to harsh deodorants.
Natural Deodorant: Many surgeons advise against the use of harsh deodorant chemicals under your arms following lymph node dissection. Natural deodorant is recommended because it is free of aluminum and paraben.