Adam's Apple Reduction

OVERVIEW

Adam’s apple reduction, also known as Trachea shave surgery, is one of the most common procedure to adjust the shape of an Adam’s apple, as part of facial feminization surgical (FFS) procedures. This aims to help attain smoothness in every angle of the neck profile, as well as the movement of this particular part when talking, singing or swallowing.

WHY ADAM’S APPLE REDUCTION?

The appearance of the Adam’s apple generally indicates male gender. Typically, in females, the sides of thyroid cartilage join at an angle of approximately 120 degrees, while in males, the angle is closer to 90 degrees. The less the degree of thyroid angle, the more protrusion the Adam’s apple.

Even though the size of this part is so small, it can be easily noticeable and more prominent during the movement of thyroid cartilage. Thus, this procedure is highly recommended for candidates who are concerned with the prominence of the Adam’s apple and desire to look passable undoubtedly as biological females. 

TECHNIQUE OF ADAM’S APPLE REDUCTION

The mini-incision will be placed at the appropriate level of the upper neck (under chin area) which allows the surgeon to access to all parts of the thyroid cartilage adequately and as high as possible to hide a tiny scar. With this technique, the maximum reduction will be done carefully without impairing your vocal cords/voice box. The scar is almost imperceptible, and fades through time.

DETAILS OF ADAM’S APPLE REDUCTION

Type of Anesthesia:   Local anesthesia or general anesthesia upon request with the additional fee.

Operation Time:         1 hour 

Length of Stay:         You can return home on the same day (local anesthesia)

                                 2 day 1 night stay (general anesthesia) 

ADAM’S APPLE REDUCTION AFTERCARE

  1. During the first 2 days, you can experience common swelling which will normally subside considerably in 1 week.
  2. Don’t shower 1 day after the bandage is removed.
  3. Pain is well-managed by prescribed medication.
  4. You should have soft diets as advised by your doctor for 2 days.
  5. Stitches will be removed 7 days after surgery
  6. You can easily take care of it by massaging the tissue of this area with fingertip movements.