A tracheal shave (aka chondrolaryngoplasty or Adam’s apple reduction) is a procedure that benefits patients who desire a less prominent laryngeal cartilage in Virginia including McLean, Falls Church, Tysons, Arlington plus the Washington DC area.
What is a Tracheal Shave?
A tracheal shave is the removal of the most prominent part of the laryngeal cartilage. In our practice, the tracheal shave is an effective, safe, and permanent procedure that reduces the prominence of the Adam’s apple. It is of essential importance to preserve the segment of the cartilage that sustains the vocal folds. This ensures that the patient’s voice will remain unchanged. This procedure can be performed alone or in conjunction with other feminization procedures.
Am I a Candidate for a Tracheal Shave?
If you feel that your laryngeal thyroid cartilage is too prominent, then you are probably a candidate for a tracheal shave. Some men and women don’t like the prominence of their thyroid cartilage because it causes them to be misgendered, while others report it being a hindrance for wearing a tight shirt, a tie, or even a motorcycle helmet.
How is a Tracheal Shave Performed?
The procedure is performed through a small, 1-cm incision placed under the chin. The reason for placing the incision there is because it becomes virtually invisible once it is completely healed. The prominent laryngeal cartilage is then reached subcutaneously and the position of the insertion of the vocal folds in the cartilage is established. This is done with the help of a fiber optic passed through the breathing tube that allows the visualization of the vocal folds.
At this point, the prominent portion of the cartilage situated above the vocal folds insertion is outlined and removed. This maneuver completely spares the vocal folds and avoids changes in the quality of the voice. The soft tissues of the neck are then re-approximated and the skin incision is closed with stitches and skin glue.
Overall, the procedure takes about 45 minutes to complete. You may need to spend 12-24 hrs under hospital observation, during which the blood oxygen levels will be followed and we will ensure that you are breathing comfortably before being discharged.
What Should I Expect After a Tracheal Shave?
In the first 24 hours, there may be some soreness in the upper neck area, which is easily controlled with pain medication. A sore throat may be present but the overall discomfort is minor and should diminish entirely within the first 24 hours following the procedure. Patients may be prescribed pain management medication for the first few days. To reduce swelling, patients may need to apply ice to the area for the first several hours following the surgery and take any prescribed antibiotics.
How Long Will My Tracheal Shave Results Last?
The result of the tracheal shave is permanent. Since the biggest possible amount of cartilage is removed without affecting the vocal folds, revision surgeries are not necessary and not recommended for safety concerns about the quality of the voice and the breathing of the patient.
Contact Mardirossian Facial Aesthetics today to schedule a consultation with Vartan Mardirossian, M.D., F.A.C.S., to see if this procedure is the right solution for you. We offer tracheal shave to patients in Virginia including McLean, Falls Church, Tysons, Arlington plus the Washington DC area.