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What is an Adam's apple?

An Adam’s apple is the prominent projection at the front of the neck formed by the thyroid cartilage of the larynx. It is a testosterone-induced structure, much more predominant among men than women. Everyone’s larynx grows larger during puberty, but it typically grows far more in males than in females. A larger larynx gives men deeper voices than women, although women’s voices also deepen as the larynx grows during puberty. Various factors may affect how prominent an Adam’s apple appears.

One factor is a person’s weight. An Adam’s apple tends to be more noticeable on a thin person than on those who carry more weight, and have a more substantial neck. The excess of cartilage on the larynx makes it more prominent and noticeable. In a tracheal shave, the surgeon reduces the amount of cartilage to shape of the throat to appear more feminine.

Tracheal shave procedure

The tracheal shave may be performed under general anesthesia or with local anesthesia and intravenous sedation. It can be combined with Facial Feminization Surgery (FFS) when it includes jaw work to avoid the appearance of appreciable scarring in the neck. In this procedure, the surgeon makes a horizontal incision in the throat, and then shaves down and trims the cartilage on the larynx to reduce its prominence through the incision.

Although simple and straightforward in design, the tracheal shave is a delicate procedure because the vocal cords are within the cartilage of the larynx, just below the Adam’s apple. The success of a tracheal shave is measured by a feminine neck profile (or the absence of prominent cartilage) with minimally visible scarring and no injury to the vocal cords.

What to expect with a tracheal shave

When you come to Dr. Sinclair for FFS, he will listen attentively to your treatment goals, analyze your facial proportions, and design a plan of procedure specifically for you, which may include a tracheal shave if your Adam’s apple is noticeably prominent. In the surgery, he will place the incision in a natural wrinkle or crease, so the small scar from the procedure will be less visible.

You can expect some swelling and bruising and you may have a sore throat after the surgery. These minor discomforts will usually dissipate within 24 to 48 hours. You may be encouraged to rest your voice and apply ice to the site of the surgery. Results will be visible almost immediately and will continue to evolve as you heal from the surgery and the swelling subsides.

Benefits of a tracheal shave

One of the most noticeable differences between men and women is a prominent Adam’s apple, particularly when it bobs up and down as a person drinks. As a facet of facial feminization, a tracheal shave surgical procedure can significantly reduce the Adam’s apple, for a smoother, more graceful appearing neck and throat.

As a step in your MTF journey, Adam’s apple reduction can help increase your confidence in presenting a natural-looking, feminine neck profile.

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We invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sinclair to discuss how he can assist you with your transition. Consultations for elective cosmetic procedures are complimentary.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

Updated - June 26th 2020

The COVID-19 epidemic has created unprecedented circumstances for our community. Our practice has been paying close attention to the guidelines put in place by the government and

With this in mind, we are offering virtual consultations to patients via face time, however, face-to-face in-office consultation are still available. We are still seeing post-operative patients and patients requiring ongoing treatments. To schedule, a virtual consultation or in-office consultation call our office.

Please know that we are constantly updating our services and staffing according to the local and national recommendations and doing our part to make sure that you are protected

  • We continue to exercise all the latest recommendations that are handed down by the CDC. Our preventative measures include:
  • Fully training all staff members to understand the disease process and its modes of transmission.
  • Appointments will be staggered to avoid congestion in the waiting room.
  • Checking temperatures of every patient that comes into the office.
  • Asking all staff, vendors and ancillary personnel to refrain from coming to the office if they have any signs or symptoms of a cold or an upper respiratory tract infection.
  • Asking every patient to refrain from coming to the office if they have any symptoms and inquiring about any pertinent travel history.
  • Hand-washing, as this continues to be the most important mode of prevention.
  • Although it is something that we have always constantly done, we are now doing so with heightened vigilance and attention.
  • Constantly sanitizing all surfaces (which we have always done as an accredited facility).

However, we have now increased this routine and are wiping down all surfaces, desks, door handles, keyboards and restroom facilities multiple times each day.

Although Covid-19 is a serious issue, we strongly believe that it will pass and hopefully make our infrastructure and our ability to deal with pandemics in this country even better than it currently is. We are closely monitoring this situation on a real-time basis and will update our practice’s guidelines as needed to protect our patients.

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