Breast Surgery (male)

  • Related keywords: Swelling breast, extra breast tissue, prominent breasts, breast reduction, gynaecomastia, breast asymmetry, Amastia
  • Date: 13 Oct 2017
  • Who applies for funding: General Practitioner (GP), Consultant (CONS)

Referral Route:

Individual Funding Request Panel (IFR)

Referral for the following interventions can only be made following authorisation from the CCG Individual Funding Request Panel. Applications should only be made to the Individual Funding Request Panel if there is clear evidence that the patient’s clinical circumstances or condition are exceptional, i.e. there is something about the patient’s condition or circumstances that differentiate them on the basis of need from other patients with a similar diagnosis or condition and would justify funding being provided in an individual case when it is not routinely funded for others. Funding requests from GP Practices can be accepted from Senior Clinicians, salaried GPs, Locum GPs or Practice Partners. Unfortunately we are unable to accept funding applications from other health professionals unless countersigned by a senior clinician or GP.

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Breast surgery for male patients can include the following procedures or conditions: Gynaecomastia and Asymmetry.

  • Gynaecomastia is enlargement of breast tissue in men where there is >2cm palpable, firm, subareolar gland and ductal tissue (not fat) reflecting an increased ratio of oestrogen to testosterone.
  • Breast Asymmetry Correction Surgery: Patients with a natural absence of breast tissue, i.e. those who have Poland’s Syndrome, will often have a unilateral absence of breast tissue and this can cause a cosmetic concern in male patients


Cover for Breast Surgery Policy (for males)

Breast Surgery Policy (for males)

Breast Surgery is not routinely funded by the CCG and is subject to this restricted policy.

Cover for Individual Funding Request (IFR) Application form

Individual Funding Request (IFR) Application form

This form must be completed when applying for treatments that are not normally commissioned by Bristol CCG. Please refer to the Interventions Not Normally Funded List (INNF) before making an application.