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Tracheal Shave Surgery – Reduction of the Adam’s Apple

Reduce a noticeable Adam’s Apple with Chondrolaryngoplasty or Tracheal Shave Surgery.


In our practice the tracheal shave is an effective, safe, and permanent procedure that reduces the prominence of the Adam’s Apple. Dr. Mardirossian uses special trachea shave techniques to remove all the visible cartilage while preserving the vocal cords. This procedure can be performed alone or in conjunction with other feminization procedures.

Removal of excess cartilage from the larynx can help the perception of a patient`s neck as feminine and is often sought by men and women who are bothered by the excessive protruding cartilage of the voice box. The method used by Dr Mardirossian has been developed by his mentor, Dr Spiegel in Boston. While the patient is sleeping a fiber optic is placed through the breathing tube that allows the visualization of the vocal cords. The area of insertion of the vocal cords is thus established and the cartilage above that area is removed in a safe fashion. The procedure is done through a small incision in a natural crease of the upper central neck and heals in a seamless fashion. The patient spends a night in the hospital and is usually discharged on the morning after. Dr Mardirossian will make sure that he removes the most amount of cartilage in the safest way without jeopardizing the quality of your voice.

How Does the Tracheal Shave Work?

Trachea ShaveTracheal shaves are performed as an inpatient procedure and requires a twenty-four hour hospital stay. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia. The surgeon will perform a series of steps that include:

  • Making a small incision at the upper crease of the neck, just below the chin. This is done to limit the appearance of any surgical scars.
  • Exposing and reducing the laryngeal cartilage, while observing and ensuring the integrity of the vocal chords.
  • Closing the incisions.

Overall, the procedure takes about forty-five minutes to complete.

Our FFS Before & Afters

What to Expect After a Tracheal Shave

Tracheal Shave In the first twenty-four hours there may be some soreness in the upper neck area, which is easily controlled with pain medications. A sore throat may be present but the overall discomfort is minor, and should diminish entirely within the first twenty-four 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.

Are there Any Complications Associated with a Tracheal Shave?

Voice changes, while rare, may occur post-surgery, and are almost always temporary. Thick scars can also occur, but scarring can be kept to a minimum following proper after-care instructions.

Contact FFS Surgeons for a Free Consultation

Tracheal shaves are a routine FFS procedure, which should be performed by a skilled and experienced facial feminization surgeon.

For more information about tracheal shave surgery, please request a consultation with the Mardirossian Facial Aesthetics serving clients all over the U.S. Call us today at 561-624-0900.

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