Breast Lift Surgery Techniques

There are several different incision patterns and techniques used in breast lift surgery. Our surgeons will assess your breasts and explain to you what technique is best for you.

The Benelli ‘Doughnut’

The incision is made around the perimeter of the areola only, which is why this technique is technically referred to as the ‘peri-areolar’ incision; also called a ‘Benelli’ lift (so named for the surgeon who pioneered the technique). This technique is suitable for women with a mild to moderate degree of sagging, however it is not recommended as this technique can cause flattening of the breast and lead to very enlarged areolas.

 

The Benelli “Doughnut” Breast Lift Surgery Technique
The Benelli ‘Doughnut’ Breast Lift Surgery Technique

 

 

The ‘Anchor’ Incision

The incision is made around the perimeter of the areola, vertically down from the areola to the breast crease, and horizontally along the breast crease – known as an ‘anchor’ incision. This technique produces the most scarring, and it is suitable for women with a severe degree of sagging who will not be helped sufficiently by other less invasive techniques. This incision is the oldest technique, and is often used for a breast lift in conjunction with a breast reduction by some surgeons.

 

The “Anchor” Incision Breast Lift Surgery Technique
The ‘Anchor’ Incision Breast Lift Surgery Technique

 

 

The Le Jour ‘Lollipop’

The incision is made around the perimeter of the areola and vertically down from the areola to the breast crease – also known as a ‘keyhole’ incision. This technique was named after Madeleine Le Jour, a professor who popularised the method. This technique can produce better shape to the breasts and give a better vertical scar.

 

The Le Jour “Lollipop” Breast Lift Surgery Technique
The Le Jour ‘Lollipop’ Breast Lift Surgery Technique