Looking to reduce your prominent Adam’s apple? A chondrolaryngoplasty is the answer to your question. It is a cosmetic procedure commonly also referred to as tracheal shaving surgery, Adam’s apple reduction, or thyroid cartilage reduction.
A Chondrolaryngoplasty is an aesthetic procedure that involves reducing the Adam’s apple, which is technically referred to as a thyroid cartilage prominence. It can be performed as part of a Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS) or as can be offered as a cosmetic procedure for anyone else. The procedure requires the following steps:
Prior to surgery you will have a CT scan or a similar imaging test so that the surgeon can clearly mark the location of your vocal cords with regards to the cartilage prominence.
2. Before the surgery begins, you will either be placed under local or general anaesthesia. Both types have their respective advantages and disadvantages, so be sure to clearly speak to your doctor about which one they recommend.
3. The surgeon starts by making a transverse incision on your throat, and then dissecting through the throat muscles to expose the cartilage.
4. Then, the cartilage is excised. This leaves behind a much reduced Adam’s apple.
5. The surgeon then sutures the muscle and the incision on the skin. The cut is then covered with a light dressing.
As mentioned earlier a chondrolaryngoplasty can be done as part of an FFS or a complete SRS procedure. Many patients choose to undergo the procedure at the beginning before any other major surgeries, or a few years down the line. Depending on what you are most comfortable with or which procedure is most important to you will ultimately decide the order in which you want your treatments. Additionally, even as part of SRS, a chondrolaryngoplasty is generally considered to be a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by insurance.
Finally, below is a list of points to keep in mind regarding the surgery: