For many patients, one of the most noticeable signs of aging is a sagging neck. The skin on the face and neck is especially thin and delicate, and as it begins to lose collagen, it can look loose or wrinkly. For other people, excess fat below the jawline can create a double chin that makes them feel self-conscious. A neck lift is a relatively simple procedure that can create a more contoured jawline and neck.Facial Plastic Surgery of Central Texas provides outstanding plastic surgery services for patients in and around Waco, TX. Here, we share details about this procedure and its potential benefits.What to Expect During a Neck LiftThe goal of a neck lift is to redefine the jawline, giving the chin and neck a smoother, more youthful appearance. A plastic surgeon can perform a neck lift in the operating room while the patient is under general anesthesia, or in the office with a local anesthetic.Liposuction can be combined with a neck lift if needed to help improve results. During the procedure, the surgeon will make incision behind the ears and removed the excess neck skin here in order to help hide the incisions. After a neck lift, patients should expect some mild bruising and swelling around the neck and jaw. This can take several weeks to improve. Most people have a 7-to-10-day social down time, and their stitches can be removed a week after the procedure.Who Is a Good Candidate for a Neck Lift?In general, patients who want to pursue cosmetic surgery should be in good overall health and should not smoke or use nicotine products. A neck lift can be a good fit for a patient who has one or more of the following concerns:Accumulation of fat below the chinLoss of definition in the jawlineLoss of contouring in the neckLoose skin below the jawlineSome patients have a poorly defined jawline simply because of genetics. Others notice the jawline looks less sculpted as they age. Either way, a neck lift can offer more definition.The Benefits of a Neck LiftThere are many advantages to this plastic surgery procedure:Fat removal: This procedure can eliminate the appearance of a double chin, jowls, or “turkey wattle.”Contouring: By reducing fat below the chin and tightening muscle banding in the neck, a mini neck lift adds definition and contours the jawline.Schedule a Consultation With Facial Plastic Surgery of Central TexasCentral Texas residents don’t have to travel to Austin or Dallas for outstanding plastic surgery services. Located in Waco, TX, Facial Plastic Surgery of Central Texas has established a reputation for excellence in plastic surgery from the collarbone up. The medical team at Facial Plastic Surgery of Central Texas is led by Dr. Charles Guy, FAOCO, who has a great deal of experience performing mini and traditional neck lifts. Some of our other face and neck rejuvenation services include:Neck liposuction: Using small stab incisions, Dr. Guy can remove fat tissue that accumulates under the chin.FaceTite: This uses an energy device to melt fat and tighten the skin from belowMyEllevate: This procedure uses an ICLED light-guided suture rod system to shape and lift the soft tissues in the neck and jaw.Dr. Guy takes time to educate patients on the effectiveness and benefits of each procedure so they can make the best choice to achieve their desired results. For more information about our plastic surgery services or to request an appointment, contact us today.