Breast augmentation

What is breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation involves inserting breast implants to increase the size of the breasts and change their shape.

Breast cancer patients - restricted criteria

The patient’s local NHS commissioning organisation will fund this treatment if the patient meets the following criteria:

  • Treatment of the unaffected breast following breast cancer surgery will be commissioned if undertaken as part of the original treatment plan of reconstruction surgery on the cancer affected breast (later applications for such surgery would not be not routinely funded).

The clinician in charge of the care of the patient’s specific condition, usually a hospital doctor, can assist the application, if there is exceptional clinical need for the treatment to be funded. The patient’s clinician must evidence clinical exceptionality and must be supported by the patient’s local NHS commissioning organisation.

Non-breast cancer patients - not normally funded treatment or procedure

Breast augmentation for non-breast cancer patients is not usually funded by the patient’s local NHS commissioning organisation. This is because for non-cancer patients the surgery is considered to be a cosmetic procedure.

The clinician in charge of the care of the patient’s specific condition, usually a hospital doctor, can assist the application, if there is exceptional clinical need for the treatment to be funded. The patient’s clinician must evidence clinical exceptionality and must be supported by the patient’s local NHS commissioning organisation.

See separate leaflet for more information on Individual Funding Requests (IFRs).

Advice and further guidance:

For more information visit Breast Cancer Care or search ‘breast surgery’ on the NHS UK website


Treatment policy for patients covered by NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG