What does your hemo normally have to be to do a breast aug?

What does your hemo normally have to be just to do a Breast Aug?

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Normal hemoglobin

short answer is 10-14 is the normal range. but more importantly, you should be in good health for any procedure.

hope this helps and best wishes!

Dr. Morales

ABPS Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Houston, Tx

Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Preop Hemoglobin

thanks for the question. If someone has an anemia, it is best to know the underlying cause because it can perhaps alert us to safety concerns, recovery, etc. Some women have lower Hb because of menstruation. If the Hb has been consistently at a low level and you are very functional with exercise, your primary care physician can indicate that it is normal for you. There is minimal blood loss with breast augmentation as a rule, so it should not be an issue unless you develop a hematoma. Best of Luck!

M. Scott Haydon, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
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What does your hemo normally have to be to do a breast aug?

Thank you for your question. The range for normal hemoglobin is 10-14 g /dl. A breast augmentation is usually a procedure with very little blood loss. But if your hemoglobin levels are low, you need to find out what is the cause of it so it can be treated.

Franco R. Jacome, MD
Mexico Plastic Surgeon
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Hemoglobin levels for breast augmentation

Generally for an elective procedure with little expected blood loss such as breast augmentation, a hemoglobin of 10 is acceptable. However if it is 10 or lower it should be investigated to determine why it is low. If you have other medical conditions, exceptions have been made but only in agreement with your primary care doctor and possibly your hematologist.

W. John Bull, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Hemoglobin levels

Hello,  thank you for your question.  Elective surgeries such as Breast Augmentation should be performed with hemoglobin levels of 12 g/dl or above.  Have a great day. 

Derby Sang Caputo, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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The more important question is why is the hemoglobin low. This should be evaluated before surgery to determine the reason of low hemoglobin. If the reason is low iron then correction Is required. Ideally the hemoglobin needs to be above 10 prior to elective surgery.

David M. Creech, MD
Chandler Plastic Surgeon
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Breast aug

Patients undergoing elective cosmetic surgery such as breast augmentation are typically in good health with a  hemoglobin above 10. If there are medical issues, obtaining medical clearance by a pcp is the safest thing to do.


Since this is elective surgery, most doctors would prefer all your labs to be in normal limits, or at least 10 for hemoglobin. If you have problems with anemia, please discuss this with your surgeon.

Connie Hiers, MD
San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
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Assuming that you are referring to hemoglobin, it is not something  that is routinely checked unless there is a specific medical reason to. Most patients undergoing breast augmentation are otherwise healthy and there is minimal blood loss associated with the procedure. If you have a specific medical condition that requires blood work then this is assessed on a case by case basis by the surgeon. In general the range of normal hemoglobin is 10-14 g /dl.

Best wishes,

Dr. Ravi Somayazula 

Ravi Somayazula, DO
Sugar Land Plastic Surgeon
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