Breast reduction surgery can help women who are unhappy with the shape, weight or droop of their breasts by making them smaller and more lifted.

Butifit's done to improve appearance rather than for health reasons, it's not normally available on the NHS. Instead, you'll need to pay for the procedureprivately.

Information about breast reduction for cosmetic reasons is provided elsewhere read about cosmetic breast reduction for women and male breast reduction .

This page focuses on when breast reduction might be availableon the NHS. It covers:

Eligibility criteria

Referral process

Things to consider

Alternatives to surgery

Male breast reduction on the NHS

Links to more information

Content supplied by the NHS Website

Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 4 Jan 2017