Is a Benelli Lift with Augmentation Right for Me? (photo)

I am trying to avoid a vertical scar (previous scars tend to pigment although don't spread) so I'm hoping a Benelli lift with augmentation (Naturelle midrange 304cc silicone) will be adequate. I am currently a 34C/D and I don't mind a little sag but am more concerned with shape, nipple placement and overall aesthetics. My PS is fine with this option although would perform a lollipop if given the choice. Am I making the right decision?

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Binnelli Vs. Vertical Lift with Breast Augmentation

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Patients often have difficulty making a decision about a breast lift as a result of concerns regarding scarring of the breast.  This becomes more difficult if the amount of breast ptosis is minimal.  In severe cases, a wise pattern incision pattern with longer scars under the breast is necessary. Intermediate cases are well served by a vertical lift.  A Binnelli lift is only indicated when the lift necessary is minimal.  It is more effective in controlling areolar/nipple position and size in cases of asymmetry and tuberous breast deformities with herniation of the breast tissue around the areola.  Breast implants by themselves have a minimal lifting effect on nipple position.  If you combine breast augmentation with a Binnelli lift, expect minimal lifting effect as a trade off for reducing the length of your scar. A vertical lift is more effective when true breast ptosis or drooping is present and being combined with augmentation.  Long term (18 months)  the vertical scar fades nicely. 

Fairfax Plastic Surgeon
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When to use a circumareolar ( Benelli) lift.

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Thank you for your question and for your photographs. You have a mild degree of sagging of the breasts and are considering a moderate size implant.  In this situation a Benelli lift is reasonable to consider because an implant alone may not be enough to elevate the excess skin. 

Even with Benelli lift because you have a generous amout of natural breast tissue your natural breast will still have some droop, but  a little droop looks more natural.

A lollipop lift can allow more elevation of the nipple, but leaves a vertical scar. Benelli gives a more limited degree of elevation.

In my own practice many of my patients allow me the option to choose which type of  lift to use at the time of surgery. Once the implants are inserted the picture changes as skin is elevated by the implant.  You might discuss this, and your goals with your surgeon. Even so, if you choose to allow Benelli lift only you are not burning bridges, it could later be converted to a lollipop or full lift.

If you truely don't want more than a Benelli lift you may want to consider a high profile implant. A 375 high profile has a similiar diameter to the 304, but has more projection. Implants that project more elevate more skin from the get go and can sometimes diminish the degree of lift needed. Of course you chould only consider this if you are comfortable with the added volume.


I hope these options help.

Best wishes


Adam Tattelbaum, MD
Washington DC Plastic Surgeon
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Benellii Lifts

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Although most of your respondents were glib about a Benelli lift for you, I would heed the advice of Drs. Gottlieb and Pousti.  The Benelli lift is a great technique for a small, minimally sagging breast, and it can lead to a beautifully shaped breast.  Your breasts however, are not small or minimally sagging (your nipples appear to be below your infra-mammary fold).

Choosing a Benelli lift when you need a more appropriate lift could result in a multitude of problems including but not limited to: a flattened, persistently sagging breast mound, persistently low lying areolae, irregularly shaped and enlarged areolae, thickened scars, and pleating of the skin around the areolae like rays around the sun.  In the state of California, the Benelli lift is the number one named procedure in cosmetic breast surgery malpractice lawsuits.

You would do yourself a disservice to have breast surgery that did not include the proper lift, which for you would include a vertical scar component.  Most women (and their spouses) don't even notice the scar due to fading and/or acclimation with it's usually subtle appearance.  However, if you cannot come to terms with it,  you should not have any surgery at all.

Best of luck!

Gerald Minniti, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 100 reviews

Binelli lift and Augmentation

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You appear to be a good candidate for a moderate size implant and lift. The Binelli lift will help, but might reduce projection a bit. The Binelli with a vertical component will give excellent shape and projection.


Your concerns seem to be the scars. The vertical scar is almost always the best one on the breast and heals beautifully. I would also recommend post operative taping of the scars for 4-6 weeks and the addition of SkinMedica Scar Recovery Gel. This is the Best scar treatment to date. I give each of my cosmetic patients a tube one this (free) one week after surgery as I have seen the results and want the best for my patients. It works! 


Keep the discussions open with your Plastic Surgeon so you are both on the same page for expected outcomes. Good Luck.

Brian J. Lee, MD
Fort Wayne Plastic Surgeon
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May not get the result you want with a doughnut (Benelli) breast lift

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The biggest problem with the Benelli breast lift is that you get minimal lift with the risk loosing breast projection.   On the right candidate the procedure works very well.  I generally reserve this operation to women who have enlarged areola along with a mild degree of sagging.  In your particular situation you definitely are at risk for not achieving the result you desire.  You are at risk for developing widened peri-areolar scars and a widening of the diameter of the areola.  The addition of the vertical or lollipop scar takes the pressure off of the areola, gives you improved breast projection and the correct proportion of the nipple to the crease under the breast.  I would follow your plastic surgeons advice in your situation.  

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

No Be

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Dr Minetti is absolutely correct. Benelli lift is path to a poor result for your breasts. Why not just wait til you're ready to accept a vertical scar and trade a scar for a great shape. 

Joel Aronowitz, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon


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If your not concerned about the sag, a modest implant with a periareolar lift will give you good enough results. If after its all said and done and your not 100% happy you can always redo the lift to vertical lift.

Stuart B. Kincaid, MD, FACS (in memoriam)
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon

Augmentation with a lift

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Dear mimom2,

      Thanks for posting your pictures. In my experience, you are an ideal patient for the Bennelli procedure ( check my website ) . With that procedure I can lift your nipples 2 inches plus the implants will add about 1/2 an inch.  Using a permanent suture will eliminate the possibility of areola streching. You got different opinions in the previous comments and they reflect the confidence or lack of it in the procedure due to surgeon's personal experience. Consult with an experienced board certified plastic surgeon . Check his or hers before and after and make sure that you like the results.

           Best of luck,

                                      Dr Widder

Type of Breast Lift Decision

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The key to success lies in letting you surgeon know specifically what you would like to look like following the surgery. For example, how perky do you want to be, what shape do you want to have, etc.? However from your description it would appear that a lollipop type lift would be best for you rather than a periareolar lift like the Benelli procedure. Here is a rule of thumb that works for most patients. If you nipple is above your lower breast crease then often a periareolar lift will be sufficient for most patients. If your nipple is at or below your crease then a vertical lift (lollipop lift), inverted T or anchor pattern may be required.

The Lollipop incision for Grade 3 or 4 ptosis (areolar near or below your breast crease) works best in my hands and the use of a Lollipop technique can lift your breast to the perkiness you desire. However, other plastic surgeons are more comfortable with an inverted T or Anchor Pattern technique.The donut lift does tend to both flatten and have scars widened as you are removing skin around the areola which causes tension in that single area causing it to "spring' apart over time. With the Lollipop incision the tension is spread out over a greater distance of the lower vertical scar (where the areola once was) causing less tension on the areola and entire closure. The vertical lift tends to cone the breast making it more shapely (conical) and less flat. For a visual take a paper circle, cut out a small wedge on the bottom and bring the edges together to see this effect. In general I would pick the best Surgeon and explain fully what you want to achieve rather than the technique.

In general, I think I would follow your surgeon's advice, go with a lollipop type incision and prophalactically use a lightening cream like hydroquinone afterwards to prevent hyperpigmentation.

Benelli lift and implants

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It is very difficult to tell if you would be a candidate for a Benelli and an implant. Your arms are elevated in the photos and this can make your breasts look lifted.  An exam is key.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

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